New Zealand Unit of Topshop Placed in Receivership

The New Zealand arm of British fashion retailer Topshop said on Thursday that it had been placed in receivership, just two years after the brand arrived in the country, the International New York Times reported on a Reuters story. Top Retail Limited, which owns the licence to operate Topshop in New Zealand, said in an emailed statement that its two stores would stay open until a final decision was made on their ownership. Like its Australian counterpart, the chain has struggled amid increased competition and posted losses, its receiver firm McGrathNicol said in a statement. As in many countries, New Zealand's retail sector has been hurt as consumers replace visits to brick-and-mortar stores with online shopping. In neighbouring Australia, the chain had also suffered in the soft retail market and was placed under administration in May. Four Australian stores had managed to stay afloat after a restructure in which Britain's Arcadia Group Ltd bought back parts of Topshop from its Australian franchise. Read more. (Subscription required.)