The Frasers Group, the British company formerly called Sports Direct International, announced on May 22 that it would continue to guarantee full payment of its employees’ wages in the U.K. through the end of this month, as it did in April, but it’s not sure whether it will continue to do so in June. Like those of other retail companies, the group’s employees have been temporarily laid off for the past 10 weeks because of the retail lockdowns related to the Covid-19 epidemic, with the government subsidizing 80 percent of the normal salaries for most of them. However, a top executive of the group has now publicly criticized the British government’s decision to postpone the date for the reopening of non-essential retail stores from June 1 to June 15, except for car dealerships. Chris Wootton, the group’s finance director told a TV channel that the delay will make it more difficult for companies like his own to clear inventories of apparel and footwear, whose sales are predicted to fall by more than 40 percent this year, driving many retailers out of business. The present good weather conditions would favor purchases of these items, he noted. Eight out of ten British retailers have reported having cash problems in spite of government aid. For Sports Direct and other chains owned by the group, higher internet sales of fitness equipment and other products have partly compensated for the corona shortfall.