CREDIT INSIDER: don’t get sucked into giving credit to ailing retailers – as Arcadia announce closing 31 shops and Superdry wobble after massive losses

CREDIT INSIDER: don’t get sucked into giving credit to ailing retailers – as Arcadia announce closing 31 shops and Superdry wobble after massive losses

Credit insider Ian Carrotte has warned members of ICSM Credit the credit intelligence group not to be ‘sucked into giving credit to ailing retailers’ in wake-up call as more big names go down.

It comes as the Arcadia group has announced the closure of more shops and the news that Superdry are in trouble.

Money up front

Ian Carrotte said: “Big name retailers use the ‘do you know who we are’ line in order to gain credit from suppliers when other avenues have been shut off. Unsuspecting businesses sometimes fall for the line – but when the retailer goes into administration they can find they simply don’t get paid. Or the big name spins out payment into months creating a cash crisis for the supplier.”

He said if some of the big names in retail come knocking then insist on sticking to the standard 30 day payment terms or even better money up front.


More of Arcadia owned stores are set to shut as potential buyers close in on their premium sites. These include Fraser Group and Next who are understood by ICSM Credit to be after Topshop.

The stores set for closure include 21 Outfit shops with a total of 700 job slashed. Deloitte, appointed by disgraced Sir Philip Green's Arcadia group, are desperate to offload the remaining stores to rivals. When the group went into administration last year there were 444 shops with 13,000 workers.

2021 is barely three weeks old but already Edinburgh Woollen Mill, The Jaeger brand and Paperchase have all hit the buffers. Ian Carrotte commented that this was the reason to be very cautious when dealing with the retail sector at the moment.


The BBC reported today that Superdry had major problems. They said: "The warnings came as its half-yearly results showed a big rise in losses. Superdry said prolonged store closures and "subdued" footfall would continue to hit its revenues in 2021, sending the share price down 11%. But it said worries for the future were technical and its cash pile was strong. The retailer was in the midst of a turnaround plan when the virus struck. Unlike some of its competitors, it has an extensive store network, with many of its outlets in prime city centre locations which have seen fewer shoppers during the pandemic as more people work from home. In its results covering the 26 weeks to 24 October last year, Superdry reported a statutory pre-tax loss of £18.9m, compared with £4.2m a year earlier."

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