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Suspension lifted, but not for corporate vouchers

Comet accepting gift vouchers again

After a temporary suspension that worried and angered Comet customers, the company is now accepting gift card vouchers again.

Comet’s administrator Deloitte suspended the use of gift cards after the retailer entered administration last week.

Although vouchers bought by members of the public can once again be used in stores, vouchers issued on behalf of corporate customers will remain suspended.

“We recognise that the temporary suspension of gift cards has caused concern and anxiety to those customers affected,” commented joint administrator Neville Kahn.

“In the short time available since our appointment the administrators have worked urgently to bring clarity to this matter, while at the same time stabilising the business and seeking a buyer. We are very grateful to customers for their patience in allowing us time to properly assess the situation.”

Comet went into administration last week following a yearly loss of £35 million. Although it is currently still trading, 7,000 employees are at risk of losing their jobs before Christmas.

This morning Dixons Retail CEO Sebastian James told Radio 5 Live that the firm is intending to hire around 2,000 Comet staff over the holidays.

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