M&S stores to stay closed on Boxing Day

Telegraph reporters
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Marks and Spencer has reversed its decision to open hundreds of stores on Boxing Day.

Chief executive Steve Rowe said the move would allow workers to spend more time with friends and family over the festive season.

M&S will now close all of its company-owned stores in the UK, as well as its customer contact and distribution centres.

Last week, the retailer said about 400 stores would open until midnight on December 21 to 23.

Mr Rowe said: "In the run-up to Christmas we are opening longer hours and have accelerated the launch of new digital services such as Sparks Book & Shop to help our customers prepare, but it’s also why we have taken the decision to close our operations on Boxing Day, so that our colleagues can enjoy more special time with their loved ones.

"This is a big decision, but it is absolutely the right one given the incredible effort everyone has made in the most challenging of circumstances.”

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