William Hill to shut 119 stores and repay £24m in furlough funds

Bookmaker reports first-half profit of £141m and fast recovery in takings from sports betting

The bookmaker William Hill has seen a fast recovery in takings after sports betting resumed, but announced it would not reopen 119 branches closed during the coronavirus lockdown.

The group said it had redeployed the majority of staff at the branches that are closing and only 16 redundancies were expected. The latest closures, representing about 8% of stores, leave William Hill with 1,414 branches.

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