United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale On A Fee Or Contract Basis
46.15 - Agents involved in the sale of furniture, household goods, hardware and ironmongery

1,256 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 October 2008
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2008
Foreseen end date
7 November 2008


Rosebys, the home furnishings chain, has gone into administration with the loss of 1256 jobs in 201 stores across the UK. The company operated 280 stores nationwide, and had a turnover of around one hundred million GBP per year. Its remaining 77 shops have been sold to Edinburgh Woollen Mill saving 495 jobs.

Administators from KPMG closed the majority of the UK stores throughout October 2008 and the last Rosebys stores were closed in early November. The firm blamed its financial position on the downturn in consumer spending. According to press reports, the company had attempted to refinance but this was not possible in the current financial climate.


  • 10 October 2008: BBC News


Eurofound (2008), Rosebys, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 67212, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67212.