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Who's Gone Bust in Retailing 2010-18?
September 2018

2018
Note that this list and similar lists for 2007 to 2010 relate primarily to medium or large retail businesses. We do not include takeovers unless we see this as being equivalent to business failure. Please read the legal stuff below. As we all know these days, failure is often a temporary inconvenience; we are not suggesting that these businesses no longer survive, simply that they have experienced difficulties and the people with slide rules have moved in at some time.

We have put the pre-2010 list of companies in administration into the Section on Previous Reports.

2007-2018 Review

 
Companies failing
Stores Affected
Employees Affected
2018 (September) 30 2,118 39,083
2017 (12 months) 44 1,383 12,225
2016 (12 months) 30 1,504 26,110
2015 (12 months) 25 728 6,845
2014 (12 months) 43 1,314 12,335
2013 (12 months) 49 2,500 25,140
2012 (12 months)
54
3,951
48,142
2011 (12 months) 31 2,469 24,025
2010 (12 months)
26
944
10,930
2009 (12 months)
37
6,536
26,688
2008 (12 months)
54
5,793
74,539
2007 (12 months)
25
2,600
14,083

Analysis of the Main Retail Failures 2008-2018

The Centre has analysed the main retail failures in the period since the recession. There are 32, with 12,770 stores affected and 175,714 employees. They range from Blacks Leisure in 2008 to BHS in 2016, Store Twenty One and Palmer and Harvey in 2017 and Toys 'R'Us, House of Fraser, Maplin and Poundworld in 2018. Woolworths was the biggest casualty in this period with 820 stores and 30,000 staff, BHS was the second largest in terms of stores and House of Fraser the second largest in terms of staff. These figures are based on the CRR's own research over this period. . Further details can be downloaded here.

Legal Note:
this listing of UK retailers who went into receivership between 2005 and 2018 is based on research carried out at the time and our understanding of their business affairs then. Some of these companies recovered and came out of administration; some were bought by other businesses; some were sold as going concerns but changed their name; for some, the name was bought and this is still used, but under different ownership; and others ceased to exist. The presence of any business in this historical listing must not be taken to imply that it no longer exists, its name is not used or that such business, if still trading, is impaired in anyway.

Failures in 2018


Failures in 2017

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