Marks & Spencer to close 100 UK stores by 2022

Marks & Spencer has so far closed 21 stores in a store estate restructuring program to reduce space devoted to clothing and home it first outlined in 2016. (Reuters)
Updated 22 May 2018
0

Marks & Spencer to close 100 UK stores by 2022

LONDON: British retailer Marks & Spencer said on Tuesday it plans to close over 100 stores in its home market by 2022, accelerating a program to re-shape its store estate as more sales move online.
M&S has so far closed 21 stores in a store estate restructuring program to reduce space devoted to clothing and home it first outlined in 2016.
It said it had identified a further 14 stores for closure.
M&S also said 15 fewer owned Simply Food stores would open this year as its food opening program is scaled back.


Saudi Arabia and UAE launch a new joint cryptocurrency

Updated 20 January 2019
0

Saudi Arabia and UAE launch a new joint cryptocurrency

  • The cryptocurrency will be limited to banks during its first stages
  • The program will also help the two countries evaluate the monetary policies of a centralized currency

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have launched a joint cryptocurrency during the first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination council Saturday in Abu Dhabi, UAE’s national press agency WAM said.

The cryptocurrency will be limited to banks during its first stages, until the governments have a better understanding of how Blockchain technology operates cross-borders.

The currency operates on the use of a “distributed database between the central banks and the participating banks from both sides,” aiming to protect customer interests, set technology standards and assess cybersecurity risks. The new program will also help evaluate the impacts of a central currency on monetary policies.

During the meeting, representatives of Saudi Arabia and the UAE also signed the Joint Supply Chained Security Cooperation program, which tests the two countries abilities to provide vital supplies during times of crisis and national emergencies, as well as share expertise and knowledge in the field.

All 16 members of the executive committee of the council followed up on the execution of the initiatives mentioned in the Strategy of Resolve.

Representatives also set five other initiatives to enhance the cooperation between the two countries, such as facilitating the traffic between ports, improving airports to make it easier for people with disabilities to travel, creating a financial awareness program for children aged 7-18, starting a joint platform to support local SMEs, and the integration of civil aviation markets,

The committee was headed by Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Gergawi, minister of cabinet of affairs and the future of UAE, and Mohammed bin Mazyad Al-Twaijri, minister of economy and planning in Saudi. The committee will also monitor the implementation of the initiatives.