Sainsbury's, Britain's second largest supermarket group, will keep all its stores shut on December 26 - Boxing Day in the UK - this year.

It said it wants to reward staff after a year battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The decision to keep all stores shut has been made in recognition of the extraordinary efforts of colleagues throughout a challenging 18 months, since the start of the pandemic," it said today.

Sainsbury's, which employs 170,000, is one of Britain's biggest private sector employers.