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Colorado in damage control

1000 people are to lose their jobs as outdoors clothing chain Colorado, battered by debt cuts corners. A going-out-of-business sale will empty Colorado's 109 shopfronts across Australia and New Zealand within five weeks, slashing by one-third the size of the chain's parent company, Colorado Group.
Receiver Brendan Richards of corporate recovery firm Ferrier Hodgson said the closures would include 100 stores trading under the Colorado banner in Australia and a further nine in New Zealand
"The Colorado brand lost its way over the course of the last six or seven years, and the change in the economic environment and the downturn in the retail market has led this to happen."Mr Richards said the closures would eliminate loss-making sites, leaving a portfolio of 281 profitable stores dominated by the Williams and Mathers brands, which would have 135 and 73 stores respectivelyThe move to close Colorado comes less than two weeks after the administrators of bookseller RedGro…

Happy Easter 2011

Happy Easter to all our blog readers!Have a good Holiday !!

Oswals cars go to auction in liquidation

The oswals  who were part owners of Burrup fertilizers in WA this week had their cars sold into auction  as part of the receivership.Embattled fertiliser tycoons and former Perth residents Pankaj and Radhika Oswal have begun liquidating their lucrative assets, with four luxury cars belonging to the couple going under the hammer.A 2007 Bentley convertible, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and two BMW 5-series sedans were the cream of the crop in a 40 car auction held at Manheim yesterday afternoon, potentially fetching more than $470,000.The couple's 2008 black sapphire BMW 5 Series was also referred after the highest bidder came in at $55,250, below the reserve price.

Borders bankruptcy and unused gift coupons dilema

When RED Group, the owner of Angus & Robertson and Borders locally and Whitcoulls in New Zealand (amounting to about 260 shops), opted on Thursday for voluntary administration, it blamed increasing online sales and Australia's territorial copyright laws for its problems.Borders plans to operate normally and honour gift cards and its loyalty program as it reorganises. But it is left to be seen how this will get managedBorders, whose market value has shrunk by more than $3 billion since 1998, racked up losses by failing to adapt to shifts in how consumers shopWell-known literary gent Jerry Seinfeld summed up the importance of bookshops. ''A bookstore,'' he said, ''is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.'' Now the people who run them will have to do the thinking.Australian book chains Borders, Angus & Robertson and the Whitcoulls chain of newsagencies in New Zealand have been placed into voluntary administr…