Arcadia is now operating in administration with speculation that Boohoo, Frasers, Next and M&S would be interested in buying parts of it. There are also fears over the knock-on effect on its suppliers.
Giant fashion group Arcadia is believed to be on the verge of the worst UK corporate collapse of the Covid crisis, with the firm expected to go into administration as early as Monday. This would put 13,000 jobs at risk.
The owner of the Topshop and Dorothy Perkins chains has furloughed the majority of its staff as, like the rest of the retail sector, it continues its fight for survival in the face of the coronavirus crisis.