Aldi to Add 4,000 U.K. Jobs as Discount Retail Booms

(Bloomberg) — Aldi Stores Ltd. plans to create 4,000 new U.K. jobs next year as the growth of discounters boosts Britain’s otherwise shrinking retail sector.



a sign on a table: Inside An Aldi Stores Ltd. Supermarket As Chain Sets Sustainability Goals


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Inside An Aldi Stores Ltd. Supermarket As Chain Sets Sustainability Goals

The German cut-price grocer said it will invest 1.3 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) over the next two years in opening 100 new stores, upgrading a further 100 and making other improvements. Many U.K. retailers are cutting jobs in order to survive the pandemic, though supermarkets have thrived during lockdowns.



a sign on a table: Inside An Aldi Stores Ltd.


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Inside An Aldi Stores Ltd.

Aldi, which entered the U.K. 30 years ago, pledged the investment as it said sales in the U.K. and Ireland rose by 8.3% to 12.3 billion pounds in the year through Dec. 31, 2019, despite the grocery market growing by just 1% overall.

Although the pandemic has fueled online grocery shopping, something Aldi does on only

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Amazon Adds 7,000 More UK Jobs as Pandemic e-Commerce Booms

LONDON — E-commerce giant Amazon is adding 7,000 more permanent jobs in the U.K. by the end of the year, in the latest sign that demand for online shopping and services is booming amid the pandemic.

The company said Thursday that the jobs will be created at Amazon warehouses, sorting centers and delivery stations across the United Kingdom as well as its corporate offices.

That’s on top of 3,000 new employees it has already added this year. The extra staff will raise its permanent British workforce to more than 40,000 by the end of 2020.

Retailers and other traditional industries in Britain affected by the coronavirus crisis have been forced to lay off workers, and there are fears unemployment could spike as the government phases out a salary support package.

On the other hand, surging demand for deliveries means e-commerce is a bright spot for hiring.

“This huge expansion announced

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