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House of Fraser collapse shows UK retail problems

 Pedestrians pass a House of Fraser store in London, Britain, 10 August 2018. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

Pedestrians pass a House of Fraser store in London, Britain, 10 August 2018. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

Madrid, Aug 12 (efe-epa).- The travails of House of Fraser serve as a reminder of the problems facing United Kingdom retail, says IG, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires supplied to EFE on Friday.

The spread-betting firm says the department store's slip into administration and subsequent takeover by Sports Direct's Mike Ashley show the scale of the challenges posed to UK high street retailers by the rise of internet shopping, the lackluster UK economy and other issues.

"The sole winner this morning appears to be Debenhams, lifted by around 2 percent on hopes of a combination with House of Fraser," says IG's Chris Beauchamp. "But without root and branch reform, such a combination merely postpones the inevitable."

At 1206 BST, shares in Debenhams had pared gains to stand 0.4 percent down, added the Dow Jones report supplied to EFE.

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