Primark owner calls for extended shopping hours post lockdown. | Kalkine Market Update UK |

Associated British Foods Plc, the owner of fast-fashion retailer Primark, has called for an extended post-lockdown shopping hour to recover Covid losses. George Weston, the chief executive of Associated British Foods (ABF), said the shops should be allowed to open for some extra hours on Sundays and evenings till Christmas. Primark, the high street retailer which does not have an online presence, has lost around £2 billion in sales due to the pandemic and is expected to lose another £375 million in the second lockdown.

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