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Boots and John Lewis to cut 5,300 jobs and close stores

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Chemist shuts 48 opticians and department store group shuts eight of its 50 stores

Boots and John Lewis have announced plans to cut 5,300 jobs and close stores on another bleak day for the UK high street.

Boots is cutting 4,000 jobs – or 7% of its workforce – by closing 48 opticians outlets and reducing staff at its head office in Nottingham as well as some management and customer service roles in stores.

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