A Pret A Manger sign is seen in central London, Britain October 7, 2018. Reuters/Henry NichollsMore

Pret A Manger has announced plans to close another six shops and cut around 400 jobs, as the retail industry continues to reel from the coronavirus outbreak.

The coffee and sandwich chain said its recovery has slowed in the face of tightened restrictions and a rising number of infections.

In August, Pret axed 2,800 roles as part of a restructuring which saw it close 30 sites. Alongside the job cuts in shops, it slashed a further 90 roles in its support centre teams.

The company said it has seen “consistent sales growth” in the four months since reopening branches across the country but that progress had “slowed since the end of

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