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150 more jobs are lost as Play.com pulls out

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ALMOST 150 workers are to lose their jobs after the Island's biggest online retailer announced that it was leaving Jersey following the loss of a vital tax relief.

In one of the most devastating blows to hit the Island following the loss of Low-Value Consignment Relief last year, Play.com today said that 147 warehouse and finance department staff were to be made redundant before the end of March.

The news signals the end of Jersey's association with Play.com, which grew from a three-man operation above a sports shop in town into a multi-million-pound global enterprise employing hundreds of people in Jersey and thousands more across the world.

It is likely to cause a further surge in Jersey's already high unemployment levels, with a record 1,820 people out of work.

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