500 jobs are at risk after Ethel Austin went into administration today following an unsuccessful attempt to sell the business. The administrators at Duff & Phelps are trading the 48 store chain while they seek a buyer. Altrincham-based Ethel Austin was bought for £1.6m by london businesswomen Sue Townsend from the administrators of Life & Style in 2011.
Ethel Austin, has suffered a "marked downturn" in the recession, according to the administrators at Duff & Phelps.
The homewares and fashion retailer has previously become insolvent three times – in 2008, 2010 and last year.
Ethel Austin has suffered from tough competition from the likes of Primark and Zara.
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