Richard Dodd
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Republic fashion chain: 'Weak sales in that sector'

Clothing chain Republic has confirmed widespread fears, announcing that it has called in the administrators.

The Leeds-based retailer, which has 121 stores and about 2,500 staff, said it had appointed accountants from Ernst & Young to take over running of the firm.

Richard Dodd from the British Retail Consortium said the clothing sector had had a "really tough time in January with people curtailing their spending."

  • 13 Feb 2013