Covid-19 and a decline in the high street retail sector creates a perfect storm for Victoria’s Secret UK

High profile lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret UK has gone into administration following an operating loss last year which strained it finances and amid the devastation of closing it 25 stores due to the lock down this year.

Deloitte are now tasked with finding a buyer for all or part of the business and attempting to save some 800 jobs and find the money to pay suppliers who have been queueing up with unpaid invoices.

“It’s another hammer blow for retailing,” said Ian Carrotte of ICSM Credit, “it makes you wonder what will be left by the end of the year. My concern is always for the suppliers as all retailers order huge amounts of stock plus are serviced by everyone from the sign-maker to the window cleaner. When a firm enters administration getting paid becomes even harder so my advice is to insist on favourable payment terms such as cash up front.”

The firm had suffered from a downturn in sales last year as it struggled to update its image as fashions changed. Its 2019 fashion show was cancelled after TV ratings slumped and there was criticism of its sexist style and a lack of diversity.

The administration follows on a long list of retail troubles with the collapse of Cath Kidston, the ongoing problems for Debenhams and the high street brand Laura Ashley experiencing again financial problems.

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