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Administrations abate

Published:  29 January, 2016

Retail failures down by 19 per cent in 2015

The number of retailers entering administration fell from 119 in 2014 to 96 during 2015, a decrease of 19 per cent, according to analysis from Deloitte.

Lee Manning, restructuring services partner at Deloitte, said: “We seem to have avoided what was once a traditional New Year clear-out of the High Street, with only Brantano and Blue Inc calling in the administrators this month. Although the clothing sector was heavily impacted by unseasonably warm weather, the value of December‘s online sales figures was well ahead of expectations.

“The annual data reminds us that administration is being used less and less as a restructuring tool, especially by the medium and larger players in the retail sector. Solvent restructuring practices are more common due to the current availability of funding and a pattern is emerging whereby we are working with companies on restructuring and refinancing.”