Some John Lewis stores will never reopen as staff bonus faces the chop

The news comes as it prepares to open 10 more sites on July 16, including its flagship shop in Oxford Street. The others reopening are Basingstoke, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Chester, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Stratford and the Trafford Centre in Manchester. 

Up to 19 stores could be up for the chop, although the partnership has said more of those currently shut will open over the summer.

At the start of the pandemic, insiders warned it was unlikely all department stores would reopen after lockdown ended.  

The partnership has cut costs by £100m, including a reduced spend on advertising that puts its annual

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Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai faces charges for June 4 vigil

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police on Thursday notified Jimmy Lai, founder of the Apple Daily newspaper, and three other prominent pro-democracy activists that they will face charges over their roles in holding an unauthorized vigil to commemorate the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen crackdown.

Even though authorities banned the event for the first time in three decades citing coronavirus concerns, thousands still gathered in Victoria Park and other parts of the city.

The other three notified by the police are former legislators Lee Cheuk-yan and Albert Ho Chun-yan, as well as Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong, another veteran of the Hong Kong

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Huawei bid to move production to China faces supplier resistance

TAIPEI — Huawei Technologies is struggling to meet a goal to shift a key part of its output into China, with some of its suppliers reluctant to make changes to their own operations amid deepening uncertainty in the global semiconductor industry.

The world’s biggest telecom equipment maker has been pushing to get more of its supply chain into China as it faces a crackdown by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump over national security concerns. Such a shift would help Huawei mitigate the impact of any further U.S. pressure on its suppliers.

In particular Huawei wanted its chip-related suppliers

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South Korea faces dilemma over Trump’s G-7 summit invitation

SEOUL — U.S. President Donald Trump’s abrupt weekend invitation for South Korea to attend the next Group of Seven summit was a dream come true for the status-conscious country. But it has also sparked uncomfortable debate over possible negative implications for a nation dependent on trade and good relations with nearby power China.

Despite the apprehension, President Moon Jae-in accepted the offer on Monday in a 15-minute phone call with the U.S. leader. But he was careful to limit Seoul’s role to the issues of coronavirus response, for which South Korea has been praised globally, and economics — a clear

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