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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.

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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James Moore: You can criticise the RBS, but it's not the villain here

It is always when you're down that people line up to give you a kicking. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been down for a very long time and so it's taking brickbats from all quarters. Start with the shares, which have halved in value over the past year, leaving its biggest shareholder (us, thanks to the Government bailout) facing a paper loss in the billions. Then there are the unions, who are outraged over the jobs cuts that seem to come on a monthly basis.

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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

The high street is hell – but the insolvency trade's booming

Peacocks is latest to hit trouble, putting 11,000 jobs at risk – and keeping administrators busy

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.

680 jobs lost in Barratts deal

A deal has been agreed to save most of the Barratts shoe chain but at the cost of some 680 jobs, administrators said today.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 14 January 2012

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