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John Lewis to cut 325 roles

John Lewis is to cut 325 department manager roles, despite recording one of its most successful Christmas in years.

Each branch has around 10 department store managers, who will be replaced by one or two more senior managers in 28 of the retailer’s 40 branches, the Guardian reports.

It is believed that in store roles are being cut because online growth is outpacing that in physical stores.

This is largest set of redundancies announced at the chain since 2009, when 700 in-store call centre roles were cut.

Those affected will start a 90-day consultation in March but have been given four weeks to put forward their views.

The job cuts come despite John Lewis delivering bumper sales over the festive period. Fashion sales rose 10.4% over the festive period, with online sales accounting for a quarter of all business.

Total sales rose 14.8% to £684.4m in the five weeks to December 29, with like-for-likes up 13% on the same period last year.

Readers' comments (2)

  • 10 department managers in each store?! No wonder they're getting rid of them.

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  • John Lewis have done well, but it is easy to see that they are way overstaffed. How much help does one need?

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