British retailers suffered a bruising in 2012 with 194 bankruptcy filings—up 6% from 2011, and up 18% from 2010—according to a new report from Deloitte. More filings are expected this quarter, says Lee Manning, restructuring services partner at Deloitte, citing unspectacular Christmas sales, tight consumer budgets, online competition, and too many shops. Large chains suffered the most.
Here are some of the big name UK retailers that went bust in 2012:
The poor performance of retailers is especially notable as the percentage of UK businesses going into administration across sectors fell 9% in 2012. In total 1,833 businesses filed for bankruptcy in 2012, compared to 2,010 last year. Three sectors, hard hit by the financial crisis, fared far better than retailing with declining numbers of bankruptcies:
Along with retailing, two other sectors saw increasing bankruptcies. The financial services sector saw filings rise to 47 in 2012 from 30 in 2011, while bankruptcies in the mining and energy sector increased to 28 in 2012 from 22 in 2011.