Debenhams reported a record loss of nearly £500 million.


Debenhams to close 50 stores, 4,000 employees to be affected


DUBAI – Department store chain Debenhams is closing 50 of its underperforming stores in a move that is expected to affect around 4,000 employees.

The British retailer reported a record loss of nearly £500 million for a full year.

Chief Executive Sergio Bucher on Thursday said he was “taking decisive steps to strengthen Debenhams” in a challenging market.

“We are taking tough decisions on stores where financial performance is likely to deteriorate over time,” Butcher said, describing it a “tough year for retail”.

Butcher told BBC radio that shop closures will happen over the next three to five years.

Debenhams took charges of £512.4 million relating to leases and goodwill, leading to a statutory loss of £491.5 million, the biggest in its 240-year old history. GAD/Expat Media


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