Another 1,089 employees are to get the axe from collapsed department store chain Allders, bringing the total number of job losses to 1,850.

Administrators Kroll, who have taken control of the business, said that that 18 of the company's stores will be shut by the end of March.

Kroll has already sold 24 of Allders' primary store locations to rivals Debenhams, Bhs and Primark, with Debenhams acquiring eight stores, Bhs ten and Primark six.

Out of 21 remaining stores, 13 stopped operations yesterday, while five more are due to be shut by the end of March leaving only three to continue trading.

Debenhams plans to open its new stores - located at Basildon, Ilford, Portsmouth, Slough, Sutton, Woking, Chatham and Clapham - by 1 April, and will refurbish the stores by the end of July.

Allders announced in January that it had collapsed into administration less than two years after property group Minerva acquired it for £132 million.