John Lewis Could Dilute Historic Partnership Mannequin, Occasions Reviews

John Lewis Partnership Plc could dilute its well-known employee-owned construction to boost new funding as UK retail circumstances worsen, the Occasions reported, with out saying the place it bought the data.

The corporate, which owns the high-end grocery chain Waitrose in addition to its eponymous department shops, could discover a change within the firm’s mutual construction so it will possibly elevate at the least £1 billion ($1.2 billion) of latest funding, based on the Occasions.

A minority stake could require a change to the agency’s structure. John Lewis has been employee-owned for greater than seven many years.

On Thursday, John Lewis reported a £234 million loss, cancelled its worker bonus for the second time in three years, and warned of latest job cuts for its 80,000 companions who co-own the enterprise.

The corporate is shedding floor to worthwhile competitor Marks & Spencer Group Plc, which not too long ago reported its best-ever market share in meals retailing.

John Lewis’ new plan is being overseen by chairwoman Sharon White, who was inspired towards the concept of promoting a minority stake within the core enterprise by finance chief Bérangère Michel, based on the Occasions.

By Todd Gillespie

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