Victoria's Secret UK Goes Into Liquidation Amid Pandemic-Induced Sales Drop
© AP Photo / Invision/Evan AgostiniElsa Hosk, from left, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge and Alessandra Ambrosio walk the runway during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New York. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on CBS on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 10pm EST.
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The lingerie retailer hired administrators in June 2020 due to the negative effects of the coronavirus lockdown. However, the move didn't save the company branch, as sales continued plummeting.
Victoria's Secret (VS) UK has gone into liquidation on Saturday, as it was unable to survive the pandemic. Court Judge Sally Barber has approved a move into liquidation, which means that hundreds of jobs at 25 Victoria's Secret stores across the UK are now in jeopardy.
However, the liquidation will allow the company to pay dividends to creditors, the spokesman added.
Online sales of the brand, however, will proceed, as they are not linked to Victoria's Secret UK.
When the UK arm of the retailer went into administration last year, British clothing firm Next rescued VS, taking on a 51 percent stake in the group and saving 500 out of 800 jobs. However, the company was not able to rebound from its poor sales.
At the same time, the brand has experienced major problems in the United States as well, since its owner Les Wexner has faced a lawsuit over his links to Jeffrey Epstein. Wexner was accused of allowing the disgraced billionaire to use his luxurious mansion in Ohio for luring in and abusing underage girls.