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Past Times goes into administration

Gift retailer Past Times fell into administration today and confirmed 507 staff were made redundant before the move.

Clothes chain Peacocks goes into administration

The owner of clothing chains Peacocks and Bonmarche today said it planned to place both businesses into administration.

RBS accused of turning its back on struggling chains

The taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland stands accused of taking a decision to scale back its lending exposure to troubled high street operators, potentially killing retailers and risking major job losses.

RBS's 'outrageous' pull-out from Peacocks talks puts rescue at risk

Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland stands accused of a decision to scale back its lending exposure to troubled high street operators, potentially killing retailers and risking major job losses.

Fewer temp jobs as market feels effect of euro crisis

The number of temporary job placements fell in December for the first time since the recession, according to a survey of recruitment consultants.

Temporary jobs fall for first time in two years

The number of temporary job placements fell in December for the first time since the recession, according to a survey of recruitment consultants.

Mixed Christmas fortunes for retail

Christmas has emerged as a divisive season for the retail sector, with some players turning in a better-than-expected performance - while others moved closer to the edge.

JD Sports set to grab Blacks' assets and brands

The sportswear retailer JD Sports Fashion yesterday acquired the trading assets of Blacks Leisure for £20m out of pre-packaged administration and vowed to return the troubled outdoor specialist to profitability.

1,300 jobs lost as La Senza folds

Lingerie chain La Senza collapsed into administration today triggering 1,300 redundancies and the closure of more than 100 outlets.

JD Sports set to snap up ailing Blacks after it goes into administration

JD Sports Fashion is expected to buy the troubled outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure on Monday after it enters administration.

Past Times collapse threatens 1,000 jobs

Up to 1,000 jobs are at risk as the retailer of retro-themed gifts, Past Times, is set to be put into administration in the New Year as the latest chain to fall victim to the economic crisis.

La Senza and Past Times on brink of failure

High-street names overwhelmed by brutal trading conditions likely to appoint KPMG as administrator

Lingerie chain La Senza to enter administration

High street lingerie chain La Senza plans to enter administration, the firm announced tonight.

Violent threats made against UK staff

Staff working at the UK division of MF Global have received "threats of violence", which are supposed to be connected to the misappropriation of funds by the US broker's New York parent company before it imploded in October, a London court heard yesterday.

Clients of MF Global UK get their cash back

All but a tiny handful of MF Global UK's clients' positions have been closed or transferred since the London arm went under at the end of October, the administrators said last night.

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