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Thousands of Peacocks staff braced for closures

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Stricken Peacocks gets rid of 249 office staff

The administrators of Peacocks, the failed fashion chain, axed nearly half of its head office staff yesterday as two more retailers joined the list of high street casualties.

249 jobs to go at Peacocks head office

The administrators of Peacocks have made 249 head office staff redundant in the first job losses since the clothing retailer collapsed.

Debt-laden Peacocks chain goes into administration

Peacocks, the debt-laden discount fashion chain, collapsed into administration yesterday, leaving about 9,600 jobs hanging by a thread in the retail sector's biggest failure since Woolworths in 2008.

Peacocks calls in the administrators as rescue fails

Peacocks, the debt-laden discount fashion chain, collapsed into administration yesterday, leaving about 9,600 jobs hanging by a thread in the retail sector's biggest failure since Woolworths in 2008.

Jobs at risk as Peacocks placed into administration

Clothing chain Peacocks fell into administration tonight - putting some 9,600 jobs at risk.

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La Senza Lingerie chain was placed in administration last week. It was sold to Alshaya of Kuwait, but some 1,300 jobs were lost

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