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Comet to axe 450 jobs as repair service is reduced

Electrical retailer reduces staff numbers following sale of business to private investment firm OpCapita

About 450 jobs will go at electricals retailer Comet under a plan to reduce its repairs service. The overhaul follows Kesa Electricals’ sale of the business to private investment firm OpCapita. “The proposal to reduce our staff numbers has been a very tough decision to make but significant savings are required to secure the long-term viability of our business,” said Comet’s chief executive, Bob Darke. Comet currently provides a repair service on behalf of a range of manufacturers. Engineers across the UK would lose their jobs, as well as those with support roles at its Clevedon site near Bristol.

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