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Amazon will create more than 4,000 permanent jobs to become one of the UK’s top employers, despite fears that rising inflation will hit consumer demand (The Financial Times £).

Amazon is to employ more people in the UK than the British Army as the tech giant creates another 4,000 new jobs (The Telegraph).

The US firm said the recruitment drive would bring its permanent workforce in the UK to 75,000, having created 40,000 new jobs in the past three years (The Guardian).

The American online retailer is also seeking software developers, product managers and engineers, as well as workers for its 19 Amazon Fresh stores, including the first store outside London in Sevenoaks, Kent (The Times £).

Pret a Manger handed a near-£4m share bonus and 27% salary rise to its chief executive in the same year it cut staff pay and took more than £50m in government support via furlough and business rates relief (The Guardian).

It was made up of a one-off bonus as well as long-term share-related awards on top of Pano Christou’s annual salary of £400,000, up from £314,000 the previous year (The Financial Times £).

Asda employees are having to skip household bill payments, take out loans, and even use food banks to get through the month due to regular payroll errors that have seen some underpaid by £500 or more (The Guardian). The scale of the problem emerged after the private equity-backed company admitted to members of the Scottish parliament that its external payroll firm had made nearly 11,000 errors in recent months, affecting the wages of 5,500 staff.

Sales at SSP, the owner of food outlets Upper Crust and Ritazza, were boosted in the last quarter by passengers spending more time in airports and train stations (The Financial Times £).

Upper Crust owner SSP said a rapid recovery in travel meant its annual sales and profit margins would be at the upper end of forecasts (The Mail).

SSP Group, the catering group behind brands including Upper Crust and Ritazza at airports and railway stations, said yesterday that its trading was showing steady progress, operating at 87% of its 2019 levels in the third quarter to the end of June (The Times £).

Kylie Minogue is doing the loco-motion through the UK’s alcohol market – with sales of her wine rising more than four-fold in the past year, writes The Mail, referencing The Grocer’s recent Britain’s Biggest Alcohol Brands report. The Australian pop star sold £18.9m of her wine in the year to May, a rise of 338.1% on a year earlier, according to figures from data business Nielsen.

School caterers in England are cutting food standards due to rising living costs and continuing supply chain pressures, according to new research, with the poorest families hit hardest (The Financial Times £).

A regular tipple may help ward off heart disease, stroke and diabetes among the over-40s but younger people should go teetotal, researchers have said (The Times £). A global study on alcohol, published in The Lancet today, concluded that the risks varied by age, sex and country.

Greece has scored a win in its long fight to protect its right to the term “feta” after Europe’s top court reprimanded Denmark for not blocking local companies from using the name for sales outside the European Union (The Guardian).