PriceWaterhouseCoopers has been appointed administrator to the UK's largest independent childrenswear retailer, Adams.

Adams has 271 stores and concessions, 3,200 staff and a turnover of£150 million.

"Adams Kids is a well known brand on the high street and we remain hopeful that it will prove attractive to a purchaser," said joint administrator Rob Hunt. "However, the current difficulties in the retail environment are such that some store closures are likely."

Mini Mode, an associated company which supplies Boots with clothing, is unaffected by the administration.