Ethel Austin goes into administrationSecond time in two years for clothing chain

08 February 2010

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Clothing chain Ethel Austin has gone into administration for the second time in two years.

The future of the 76-year old chain, and sister homewares brand Au Naturale now hangs in the balance after the business failed to pick up since being bought out of administration in May 2008.

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Ethel Austin seeks buyer

Ethel Austin administrators MCR said it couldn't rule out store closures and job losses as the chain now seeks a buyer to once more try and turn its fortunes around.

Despite the country now officially being out of recession, Ethel Austin could join a number of well-known high street casualties over the past two years, including Woolworths, Zavvi and home furnishings store The Pier.

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