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House of Fraser unsure about All Saints future

According to Drapers, House of Fraser is in discussions with young fashion retailer All Saints about the future of their relationship.

It is understood that All Saints is concerned about the level of discounting at the department store and is assessing whether to continue with the group. Also, All Saints, which has revealed consistently strong trading throughout the downturn, is keen to avoid taking a margin hit outside of the traditional discounting period. In July, All Saints said like-for-likes had risen 31% for the year to date and that annual turnover was £90m. At the same time, All Saints secured £30m in funding from Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets, to fund UK and international expansion.

Earlier this month, Drapers revealed that House of Fraser would hold back on Christmas discounting and would not hold 20%-off discounting mega days, outside of its planned four for the year.

House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy said: “We are always negotiating with brands about their performance. We are having talks with All Saints. All Saints performs well in some stores and in others densities are not so good.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy said that House of Fraser’s relationship with menswear retailer Crombie was “uncertain”. McCarthy said: “We don’t necessarily see it as a strategic part of the group going forwards. ”

The uncertainty follows the departure of former House of Fraser director of womenswear, accessories and beauty June Lawlor and commercial director Colin Porter, who joined Crombie as joint managing directors earlier this month. All Saints and Crombie were unavailable for comment.