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Fashion chain Peacocks rescued from administration Beth Wright | 6 Apr 21

Fashion retailer Peacocks has been bought out of administration by an international investment consortium backed by Edinburgh Woollen Mill's chief operating officer Steve Simpson.


Administrators complete sale of Edinburgh Woollen Mill Beth Wright | 12 Jan 21

The joint administrators to clothing retailer The Edinburgh Woollen Mill and sister brand Duvetco Limited (Ponden Home) have completed the sale of the businesses to Purepay Retail Limited – securing some 1,453 jobs and the future of 246 stores.


Peacocks receives management buyout bid Beth Wright | 4 Dec 20

Administrators of fashion retailer Peacocks have received a management buy-out (MBO) proposal that could prevent UK-wide store closures and save 4,908 jobs. 


Jaeger and Peacocks buyers must focus on digital developments GlobalData Retail | 1 Dec 20

While the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group has reportedly received interest from several potential buyers for both Peacocks and Jaeger since they fell into administration, the sale process is only the first hurdle that these players have to overcome in order to survive in the long-term. 


Peacocks and Jaeger fall into administration Beth Wright | 19 Nov 20

The Peacocks and Jaeger fashion chains have fallen into administration in a move that endangers more than 4,700 jobs and puts about 500 shops at risk of closure.


Edinburgh Woollen Mill on verge of administration Beth Wright | 9 Oct 20

Retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group, which also owns the Peacocks, Austin Reed and Jaeger brands, has filed a notice to appoint administrators in a move that potentially puts 24,000 jobs at risk.


Edinburgh Woollen Mill leaves apparel workers "in lurch" Michelle Russell | 20 Jul 20

The owner of Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) is claimed to have left workers at a supplier in Hungary in the lurch after it closed five months ago, leaving workers unpaid.


Bangladesh threatens to blacklist Edinburgh Woollen Mill Michelle Russell | 26 May 20

Bangladesh’s garment manufacturers have threatened to halt production and any further orders with Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) group over unpaid invoices and demands for "unreasonable" discounts, despite concluded contracts.


Peacocks the preferred bidder for Bonmarché rescue Beth Wright | 28 Nov 19

The joint administrators of UK-based women's value clothing retailer Bonmarché have identified rival retailer Peacocks as the preferred bidder for the business amid the news 30 stores are to close next month.


The Flanarant - Wage abuses can’t be eliminated by software and flash PR Mike Flanagan | 27 Feb 17

It is not just alleged Asian sweatshops where there are widespread wage abuses, Mike Flanagan reminds us. But is the British government concentrating too much on headline-grabbing mistakes at high street retailers in its "name and shame" campaign against abuse at home?


Debenhams and Peacocks criticised on UK minimum wage Michelle Russell | 16 Feb 17

Department store retailer Debenhams and fashion retailer Peacocks have been named by the UK Government for failing to pay some of their workers the national minimum or living wage.


Edinburgh Woollen Mill to relaunch Austin Reed Beth Wright | 24 Nov 16

UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group is to accelerate new store openings and plans to relaunch the Austin Reed brand on the back of strong sales and record profits last year.


Edinburgh Woollen Mill to open more stores as profit rises Katie Smith | 30 Nov 15

Continuing its expansion, UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group has revealed plans to open a further 100 stores after booking a double-digit increase in annual profit. 


Edinburgh Woollen Mill enjoys “bumper” Christmas Katie Smith | 13 Feb 15

UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group enjoyed a “bumper” performance during the Christmas trading period, thanks to strong online sales growth and new store openings.


Edinburgh Woollen Mill to open stores as profit grows Katie Smith | 3 Dec 14

UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill is to continue with its expansion plans by opening 100 new stores over the next two years, after booking record annual profits.


UK: Simpson named Peacocks managing director Katie Smith | 11 Dec 13

Retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) has named group commercial director Steve Simpson as managing director of its Peacocks discount fashion chain.


UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill unveils expansion plans Katie Smith | 26 Nov 13

Clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group (EWM) is planning to open 100 stores over the next 18 months as it ramps up its growth after booking a strong performance in the first half of the year and turning around the Peacocks chain.


UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill signs Bangladesh Safety Accord Katie Smith | 22 Nov 13

Edinburgh Woollen Mill, owner of the Peacocks and Jane Norman chains, has become the latest apparel retailer to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.


BANGLADESH: Another fatal fire at apparel factory Petah Marian | 9 May 13

There has been another fatal fire at a Bangladesh apparel factory, just a fortnight after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building where the death toll has now risen to more than 900.


Speaking with style: Tim Bettley, Morrisons director of clothing Petah Marian | 11 Mar 13

With the launch of its new Nutmeg line later this month, Morrisons becomes the last of the big four UK supermarket retailers to offer a clothing range. While Morrisons may be starting small, with a focus on children's wear, it is not short on ambition, as Morrisons director of clothing, Tim Bettley, explains.


UK: Retail administrations up 6% year-on-year Katie Smith | 2 Jan 13

The number of UK retailers collapsing into administration jumped 6% in 2012 and this figure could increase further in the year ahead, according to business advisory firm Deloitte.


GEORGIA: Debenhams expands with first store Katie Smith | 12 Oct 12

Department store group Debenhams will open its first store in Tbilisi, Georgia this weekend as part of wider expansion plans.


UK: Morrisons to launch children's wear range Petah Marian | 6 Sep 12

UK supermarket retailer Morrisons has announced that it will launch a children's wear line in early 2013, called Nutmeg.


UK: High street insolvencies shoot up over Q1 Petah Marian | 8 May 12

The number of high street stores entering administration shot up over the first quarter of this year, according to statistics from the Insolvency Service.


UK: Retail administrations up 15% year-on-year Katie Smith | 10 Apr 12

The number of retailers falling into administration in the first quarter of this year increased by 15% compared with the same period last year, according to research by business advisory firm Deloitte, with this rising to a jump of 64% on the previous quarter.


UK: Morrisons appoints Bettley as clothing director Petah Marian | 7 Mar 12

Morrisons has confirmed that it has appointed former Peacocks managing director Tim Bettley as director of clothing.


UK: Peacocks buyer hopes to rescue more stores Petah Marian | 27 Feb 12

The buyer of collapsed retailer Peacocks has revealed that he hopes to re-open up to 75 stores and is in the process of re-employing 60 staff made redundant by administrators at the retailer's Cardiff headquarters.


Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 24 Feb 12

Top stories on just-style this week included our report on a shooting at an apparel factory in Cambodia, a report on the future of Colombian export, and a strike at the Bangladesh head office of thread and yarn supplier Coats.


UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill buys Peacocks Petah Marian | 22 Feb 12

Scottish retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill has won the race to buy collapsed UK discount fashion retailer Peacocks, it was revealed today (22 February), with the sale protecting 6,000 jobs but also leading to more than 3,100 redundancies.


UK: Clothing sales to receive Olympics "boost" Petah Marian | 13 Feb 12

UK clothing industry sales are forecast to increase 4.2% during 2012, with growth largely attributable to the London Olympics, according to research from Keynote.

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