John Lewis to sack managers

DEPARTMENT store chain John Lewis could sack up to 325 managers from its stores as part of a staff shake-up designed to take into account the growing importance of online sales.

The partnership, which has a reputation for looking after its staff, said it was consulting on the need to have individual departmental managers for sections such as womenswear and furnishings in its store. The changes are being made to reflect the growing importance of its website, which now produces a quarter of total revenue.