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Primark closes all stores, stops new orders with suppliers over coronavirus



London  /  Mon, March 23, 2020  /  02:56 pm
Primark closes all stores, stops new orders with suppliers over coronavirus

The exterior of Primark on Feb. 14, 2016, in London, UK. (Shutterstock/Konmac)

Primark is closing all of its stores, a loss of roughly 650 million pounds (US$760 million) worth of net sales a month, and will stop placing new orders with suppliers, its parent company said on Monday as the coronavirus outbreak deepens.

Governments in several countries are heavily curtailing the movement of people in order to stop the spread of the pandemic, which has killed thousands and caused disruption to livelihoods around the world.

"A variety of work streams have been established to mitigate the effect of the contribution lost from these sales and all expenditure is being reviewed," Associated British Foods said.

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"We currently estimate being able to recover some 50 percent of total operating costs."

The clothing retailer, which accounts for about half of the group's revenue and profit, has shut all of its 376 outlets in 12 countries until further notice.

AB Foods said it has not seen a material impact on its sugar, grocery, ingredients and agriculture operations. Its total available liquidity stands at 1.9 billion pounds.

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