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Comet workers get Dixons lifeline

Staff at collapsed chain Comet have been handed the chance of joining a rival after Dixons outlined plans to take on seasonal staff.

The owner of PC World and Currys has delayed its normal Christmas recruitment drive, when it expects to take on an additional 2,000 seasonal shop staff, to offer Comet staff the opportunity to join the business.

Dixons Retail Group chief executive Sebastian James said more than 500 Comet staff had already approached Dixons, and he hoped the company could get as many staff as possible.

He told BBC Radio 4: "We do think that Comet colleagues know our business, know our customers and know our products very well."

Comet was placed into administration on Friday and gift vouchers for the stricken electrical retailer suspended on Saturday. The temporary ban was lifted last night.

Deloitte has been searching for a buyer for Comet's 236 shops since last week, but Mr James said it would not make sense for Dixons to take on stores which were in a lot of the same retail parks.

The high street electricals market in the UK is suffering as cash-strapped shoppers put off big-ticket purchases.

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