Administrators of the collapsed Barratts and Priceless Shoes footwear chains are shuttering 18 stores with the loss of 127 jobs, while a further a 43 staff have been made redundant at the company's Bradford head office.

The five Barratts and 13 Priceless stores will close tomorrow (23 December) according to business advisory firm Deloitte, which was called in by the chains' owner Barratts Priceless Group earlier this month.

The administrators will continue to trade the remaining 173 stores, which employ 3,670 people, while they seek a buyer for all or parts of the business

The retailer collapsed into administration on 8 December, for the second time in nearly three years. It blamed a downturn in trading as a result of the difficult economic conditions, as well as the impact of unseasonably mild weather on sales of winter lines.