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Britain’s jobs bloodbath continued today as hundreds of jobs were axed at high street giants WH Smith and M&Co, meaning the number of workers facing redundancy as a result of the Covid crisis is now above 100,000

Britain’s jobs bloodbath continued today as hundreds of jobs were axed at high street giants WH Smith and M&Co, meaning the number of workers facing redundancy as a result of the Covid crisis is now above 100,000.

WH Smith this morning announced 1,500 layoffs after a plunge in customers going into its stores during the coronavirus pandemic while M&Co said it will shut 47 fashion shops, cutting 380 staff roles. 

Furthermore, gambling giant reveals it is keeping 119 of its betting shops across the UK closed for good amid fears in-store customer levels will not return to pre-pandemic levels. 

Stationery retailer WH Smith said it needed to reduce costs as its shops in airports and hokifreebet train stations are hit by low passenger numbers and its high street stores also suffer from low footfall. 

WH Smith is set to axe up to 1,500 jobs after a plunge in customers going into its stores during the coronavirus pandemic

WH Smith is set to axe up to 1,500 jobs after a plunge in customers going into its stores during the coronavirus pandemic

In the last week alone, 651 roles have been lost at Byron, 1,700 put at risk at DW Sports, 878 lost at Hays Travel and 1,100 put at risk at Pizza Express (all pictured in graphic), with many wondering which of Britain's biggest businesses will be next to announce huge cuts

In the last week alone, 651 roles have been lost at Byron, 1,700 put at risk at DW Sports, 878 lost at Hays Travel and 1,100 put at risk at Pizza Express (all pictured in graphic), with many wondering which of Britain’s biggest businesses will be next to announce huge cuts