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A newsagent is a retailer primarily selling newspapers and magazines but also goods such as sweets, crisps, snacks, cigarettes and tobacco, bus, underground, rail and metro passes, lottery tickets, greeting cards, cold drinks, fresh produce, toiletries and bathroom products, batteries and medical products. They are frequently at the heart of local communities.
A newsagent is required to serve customers and handle cash and credit card payments. They must also control stock, organise and unload deliveries and ensure their shop and displays are well kept and presentable.
If they offer a home delivery service for newspapers, they will also need to manage and organise delivery routes and teams. If the newsagent is employing staff, they will need to comply with and understand employment laws. They also need to be aware of and comply with health and safety and selling laws.
The hours for a newsagent tend to be very long with frequent early starts and weekend shifts. Some newsagents purchase and manage their own shops, however some may be employed by a newsagent chain.
Starting salaries are usually around £15,000 a year and can increase to around £20,000 a year. Managers of large stores can expect earnings of around £40,000 a year or more.
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