Analysis: Lessons from Maplin and Toys R Us’ collapse

Maplin 2017, Cambridge

The air of inevitability about Toys R Us and Maplin’s collapse into administration can teach other retailers a great deal.

PwC partner Zelf Hussain, Maplin’s joint administrator, has attributed the demise of the electricals specialist to it being “hit hard by a slowdown in consumer spending and more expensive imports”.

Toys R Us has previously flagged issues such as the appeal of big stores as undermining performance.

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