Furniture and appliance retailer Lewis Group increased its interim dividend by a double-digit percentage, saying that despite a Covid-19 hit, strong post-lockdown sales have given it confidence in its prospects.

However, the group, whose brands include Beares and United Furniture Outlets, is still cautious about consumers’ economic health and warned about a tough period ahead as the government’s Covid-19 employee and employer assistance programmes and extra grants payments end...

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