United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.71 - Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores

752 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 March 2010
Employment effect (start)
17 March 2010
Foreseen end date
31 March 2010


Ethel Austin and sister chain Au Natural are to cut another 752 staff nationwide, with the announcement by its administrators MCR that a further 81 stores will shut by the end of March. The news follows an announcement last month that 124 stores would close. 696 jobs will be lost directly from stores whilst another 56 losses will be at the company's head office in Knowsley, Merseyside. The company went into administration for the second time earlier this year and MCR claim this next round of cuts is due to failure to find a buyer, and to enable trade to continue in the meantime.  No details were given on the number currently employed by the company.


  • 17 March 2010: BBC Website


Eurofound (2010), Ethel Austin and Au Naturale, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 70309, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70309.