BHS customers’ personal data has been purchased by Qatari conglomerate Al Mana Group, as part of its deal to buy the BHS international brand.

The Wissam Al Mana-run firm has reportedly purchased the details of customers who had used the website or had shared their information in store promotions at the collapsed chain. 

The sale formed part of a deal by the group to buy the BHS International brand, its website and 70 stores from the administrators, wrapping up the retailer’s assets.

As revealed by Retail Week, BHS slumped into administration at the end of April and administrators failed to find a UK buyer.

According to the Daily Mail, former customers received an email from BHS saying that any personal information they had given the store was now owned by a firm called BHS International Limited.

An Al Mana Group spokesman said: “Under relevant data protection legislation, we have a legal requirement to contact people on this list to provide them with certain information, which we have now done.”

Al Mana – which already ran some of BHS’s overseas shops under a franchise agreement – bought a share of BHS’s assets in June.

The group, which operates stores for Harvey Nichols, Mango and Zara, is believed to be looking for a UK operating partner to potentially bring BHS back to the British high street.