Fashion chain Select to enter administration.


Fashion chain Select has announced plans to enter administration via official court documents, calling into question the fate of over 2,000 jobs at the retailer.

In late March, the clothing chain filed a formal notice of intention to appoint an administrator – a move which prevents creditors from calling in debts for 10 working days and paves the way for the administration proceedings to begin.

Alongside many of its competitors, Select has shown signs of financial strain in recent times, as the fashion retail sector continues to face pressure from rising business costs, low consumer confidence and disruption from e-commerce. Last year, the company entered into a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in a bid to keep the business afloat by reducing its rent costs – a move taken by so many major UK retailers in 2018 that commentators dubbed it ‘The Year of the CVA’.

Office Outlet enters administration “due to retail sector sentiment”

Conditions remain challenging for physical retailers in general. Elsewhere last month, UK stationery chain Office Outlet went into administration, with administrators from Deloitte looking to find a buyer for the company in order to secure its future. Executives at the chain, which has 90 stores and 1,200 employees across the UK, say that it has suffered due to waning consumer demand and recent changes to key suppliers’ trading credit terms.

Office Outlet chief executive Chris Yates – who led a management buyout of the business in September – said that the company had failed to secure “additional growth capital” from investors “due to retail sector sentiment and the general level of uncertainty.” He nonetheless praised the company’s strides towards modernising in recent years, noting: “Over the last two years the business has been transformed from the heavily loss-making old business to a near break-even modern multichannel retailer.”

Physical retail sales predicted to drop 14% by 2023

As conditions for UK physical retail businesses look set to worsen, many are moving to adapt and transition towards a more online-focused sales model in order to survive. Analysts predict that the amount of money spent in brick-and-mortar clothing stores could drop by as much as £2.4bn – or 14% – between 2018 and 2023, as consumers increasingly make purchases online.

Last month, major department store chain Debenhams announced plans to close a number of stores across the UK and negotiate to secure rent reductions from landlords, as the business struggles to remain competitive. The company narrowly avoided entering administration in March after agreeing a £200m emergency refinancing package with lenders, but will still need to secure help from major shareholders to either buy out the chain or provide funding in order to access the full facility.

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