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Diary: Sainsbury’s boss’ jackpot serenade hits bum note

Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe performing We're in the Money from 42nd Street
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Let’s face it, few people who have been to see 42nd Street in the West End don’t come out singing one of its many catchy numbers or attempting to tap dance on the street.

Part of the show’s joy is just how many songs you already know, such as We’re in the Money. That’s a catchy one – just ask the boss of Sainsbury’s. Last week, Mike Coupe was preparing to give an interview when he was caught on camera singing it just before talking about a planned merger between Sainsbury’s and ASDA, no doubt worth megabucks.

His choice of song might have been a little vulgar, as the lyrics include: “We’re in the money / The sky is sunny” and “Let’s lend it, spend it, send it rolling along”.

The skies may be blue for Coupe, but perhaps not for the staff currently wondering whether the deal between the supermarket chains means the end of their jobs.

So how did Coupe explain his gaffe? “This was an unguarded moment trying to compose myself before a TV interview,” he said. “It was an unfortunate choice of song, from the musical 42nd Street which I saw last year and I apologise if I have offended anyone.”

He saw it last year and he’s still singing that song? Maybe it’s time he gave his musical theatre library a refresh….

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