32% fall in retailer administrations

9 July 2015

The latest research from Deloitte shows the number of retailers entering administration in England has fallen by 32% in the first half of 2015, compared to the first six months last year. Only 45 retailers called in administrators this year compared to 66 in the first half of 2014.

For the same period in 2013, there were 95 retailers in administration – over double the figures from this year.

Depending on the type of business, a more online presence may be needed to meet consumer demand or equally there may need to be more traditional stores to assist with online operations. Retailers are having to adapt to ever-changing consumer spending habits in order to survive and compete in the market.

Head of retail at Deloitte, Ian Geddes, said “Consumers do not shop channels – they shop retailers and brands. Therefore it is essential that retailers continue to focus on how they integrate online and in-store retail to best serve their customers.”

The news continually reports on the economy improving, giving businesses and retailers a boost in confidence. With a large choice of alternative funders ready to help fund extra working capital or bridge a gap, retailers also have many more options on the table. 

There are other insolvency methods too like the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) and informal time to pay deal with creditors which can avoid administration or liquidation.