BusinessBusiness RecoveryWoolworths’ demise could leave blood in high st

Woolworths' demise could leave blood in high st

City analysts warn the collapse of Woolworths would have major repercusions on high street

Retail analyst Sanjay Vidyarthi at Dresdner Kleinwort, is warning clients:
‘Were Woolworths
Retail
to be put into administration, the consequences for the rest of the
high street could be significant, given Woolworths has sales of £1.7bn.’

Experts agree Woolworths’ days in its current form are numbered. One analyst
told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Whether Hilco gets it or someone else, Woolworths is
not long for this world. In fact, it has to be the longest corporate death in
history.’

An insolvency expert said the timing of any move to put Woolworths into
administration – should it happen – would be highly tactical. ‘

The challenge is whether to put it into pre-pack administration before
Christmas or after. If you do it after Christmas you get the cash from trading.
If you do it before, you let the new owners take the cash,’ he said.

Further reading:

Woolworths ponders £1 sale of retail arm to Hilco

Read
The Daily Telegraph story

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