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

149 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 October 2018
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
28 February 2019


Online retailer Shop Direct has announced plans to close down its Littlewoods Clearance brand. As a result, 143 permanent employees and six agency workers will be made redundant. The business sells unsold stock from Shop Direct's retail brands across seven stores in the UK, which operate under different names. The plans will affect the seven stores as well as a headquarters and a distribution centre. The business is reportedly losing money, which has prompted this decision. The proposals will be subject to consultation with the recognised trade union Usdaw, though it is being reported that the business is expected to close by the end of February 2019.



Eurofound (2018), Littlewoods Clearance, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 95807, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/95807.