Sports Direct CFO: ‘Cummings fiasco led to government pushing back shops opening’

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  • The CFO of Sports Direct, Chris Wootton, said the Dominic Cummings scandal “led to the government panicking” and delayed the re-opening of stores, which he had expected to happen on 1 June.

    He also said the company paid all of its staff in full during April and May – including those on zero-hours contracts.

    “There aren’t many retailers that did that,” he told Sophy Ridge.

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