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Retail problems and construction insolvency

Shopfitter JDS Group Limited was not saved by a critical mass of 350 staff and £30m turnover as it went into administration on 12 February, suggesting that retail problems (see our previous post - Retail insolvencies as the credit crunch hits the high street), or their underlying causes, may be knocking-on into the construction sector.

Certainly, the construction industry is not confident at the moment - less so than retailers according to the ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor (here).

The ICAEW also notes:
"In line with the expected slowdown in predicted capital spending growth, a greater
proportion of firms report increased challenge in raising capital currently compared with 12 months ago. This is particularly the case for those in the Property, Communications and Construction sectors."
JDS is just the first sizeable specialist contractor facing insolvency. Building.co.uk reports More specialists face the axe amid insolvency fears, suggesting that smaller specialist contractors will be the losers.

 

 

Date: 18th February, 2008
Author: Chris Laughton

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