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UK discount retailer Wilko has collapsed into administration, putting around 12,500 jobs at risk after rescue talks with prospective suitors failed (Financial Times £, The Guardian). The low-cost retailer, which is privately owned and has about 400 stores, has appointed PwC after potential buyers withdrew their interest in recent days (Telegraph £).

All Wilko stores will remain open for now despite the firm’s collapse on Thursday morning, administrators have said (Sky News). PwC has been appointed as administrator and will continue to look for a buyer for all or part of the group. The stores will stay open for now, without any immediate job losses, and staff will continue to be paid. (BBC)

The FT looks at ‘how high street stalwart Wilko came unstuck’. “Before its demise any buyer or investor was expected to inject around £75mn, but offers are now likely to be below that threshold as interested parties can cherry-pick assets. Given it has entered administration, Wilko is now free of legacy liabilities, which makes it more attractive to prospective suitors.” (Financial Times £)

Wilko’s disappearance would leave an enormous hole on the high street, writes Sky News’ Paul Kelso. While its rivals thrived amid the cost of living crisis, the discount retailer has been struggling to survive despite attempts to save the firm from collapse. (Sky News)

The Telegraph’s Ben Marlow writes: “You or I might not miss Wilko, but scores of struggling UK towns will. Britain is becoming a country of eerie ghost towns – their high streets and centres hollowed out by a decade and a half of relentless decline as our biggest chains remorselessly beat a hasty retreat from old-fashioned bricks and mortar retail.” (Telegraph £)

‘I’m broken-hearted’: customers mourn the end of Wilko. As the store enters administration, shoppers talk about its convenience, bargains, range of goods – and supply issues. (The Guardian)

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