M&S is reportedly close to a deal to buy Jaeger, which is part of Philip Day’s failed Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group. But while it’s believed to be taking on the brand and its stock, the stores aren’t part of the deal.
Frasers Group is continuing its acquisition spree among distressed brands in the UK and while it’s reported to be interested in Debenhams, the company is also said to be looking at Jaeger, Austin Reed and Jacques Vert.
The company wants to delay its rescue plan to save parts of the UK business. It's expected to apply for a 10-day extension of creditor protection as lockdowns in Wales, where it has its HQ, are hampering negotiations.
Philip Day, the retail billionaire behind Edinburgh Woollen Mill, could be preparing to buy back the budget fashion chain Peacocks after an administration filing, while exiting the rest of the business.
EWM on Friday confirmed that 50 of its stores will close with the loss of 600 jobs. Most of the closures are focused on Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Peacocks with the job losses largely being shop floor workers.
Struggling UK footwear giant Clarks could be about to strike a deal to sell a stake to a private equity company. And the sale could mean the end to more than two centuries of majority ownership by the founding family.