UK coronavirus live: no plans to make people wear masks in offices, says Matt Hancock

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Luxury British brand Burberry is to cut 500 jobs worldwide, including 150 in its UK head office, to slash costs by £55m after a slump in sales during the coronavirus pandemic.

Retail sales dived by 48% in the three months to the end of June, including a 75% fall in Europe and the Middle East, as countries closed shops and offices and severely limited travel to control the spread of Covid-19.

Burberry said it would keep its headquarters in the UK but would “further streamline” head office roles, reduce office space and “improve retail efficiency” outside the UK. The company said it wanted to reinvest the savings in marketing activities including pop-up stores, digital campaigns, events and improved store displays.

The £55m in savings come on top of £140m of cost cuts already announced.

The brand, best known for its trenchcoats and signature check, had previously cancelled its end-of-year payment to shareholders, worth about £120m last year, and has borrowed £300m via the UK government-backed business support scheme.

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Top chefs have rallied behind Tom Kerridge after he criticised “selfish” and “disgraceful” customers for failing to show up and honour their reservations.

They also raised concerns about the high costs of landlord rents, which they still have to pay despite operating at half capacity, and the risks associated with a lack of custom.

Over the weekend, Kerridge criticised 27 people who did not turn up at the Corinthia Hotel in central London without letting the restaurant know. In an interview with the Guardian, Kerridge said: “There has been a huge response from the industry around no shows. It happens all the time but quite often people accept it or don’t talk about it.”

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