Dunelm the homewares chain are to give £14.5m furlough money back to the government as sales have jumped by 36.7% to £359.1m in the three months to 26 September.
The retailer will not make any claim to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Job Retention Scheme bonus of £1,000 per employee after having a strong performance.
Dunelm have not been hit with the regional restrictions, but they added that they “recognise that the situation remains dynamic with a number of ongoing risks and uncertainties.”
Dunelm chief executive Nick Wilkinson said, “Recent months have seen homewares become even more relevant, as people spend more time in their homes up and down the country.
“While we remain cautious about the continued uncertainty in the wider market, the resilience and flexibility of our business model leaves us well positioned as we enter our peak trading period, and we remain confident in our ability to grow market share and help even more customers create a home they love.”