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Britain's John Lewis posts annual loss on pandemic hit

March 11 (Reuters) - Waitrose owner John Lewis Partnership posted an annual pre-tax loss on Thursday as its department stores business was hammered by lockdowns and pandemic-related costs.

The company reported a loss of 517 million pounds ($720.85 million) for the year ended Jan. 30, compared with a profit of 146 million pounds last year.

$1 = 0.7172 pounds Reporting by Tanishaa Nadkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva

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