As many as 177,000 jobs were lost from UK retail last year, a new study from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) showed on Friday. That’s up by a quarter on 2019 and CRR's predicting another 200,000 to be lost in 2021.
Much of the attention around the bidding for Arcadia's brands has been focused on big names such as Boohoo, Frasers, and Authentic Brands too. But reports suggest as many as 40 parties have registered their interest.
Frasers Group was reportedly racing to try to do a deal on Debenhams at the weekend, but reports also suggested that US-based Barneys owner Authentic Brands has both Debenhams and Arcadia in its sights.
The Arcadia administrators have reportedly put a price of around £200 million on its star chain Topshop, with attempts to get a deal signed pre-Christmas. That could mean initial bids being filed within the next week.