The Body Shop shuts down in the U.S. after filing for bankruptcy

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The Body Shop is confronting bankruptcy in both the US and Canada.

400 additional jobs are in jeopardy as a cosmetics business struggles to pay Australian suppliers following the collapse of its UK parent.

The Body Shop, a popular skincare and beauty product retailer, has filed for bankruptcy in the United States and Canada. This move has put approximately 400 jobs in the US and over 200 jobs in Canada at risk.

In Canada, 33 out of 105 stores have already closed due to the financial strain, further exacerbating the job losses. The company’s Australian operations are also facing uncertainty as they struggle to manage their substantial debts.

This news follows the collapse of The Body Shop’s UK arm earlier this year. Compounding the issue, funds held in a global account based in the UK are insufficient to cover debts owed to suppliers.

Aurelius, a major creditor of The Body Shop’s UK business, is deeply involved in the situation. The company’s divisions in Germany, Denmark, Ireland, and Belgium have all been placed into insolvency.

In addition to the US and Canada, the company’s operations in the UK have also been significantly affected, with store closures and job cuts at the head office.

The financial struggles of The Body Shop have been ongoing, with declining sales and challenges in covering debts. Despite being sold to Aurelius for approximately $266 million last year, the company has been unable to reverse its fortunes.

This development underscores the challenges faced by retail businesses in today’s competitive market and raises concerns about the future of The Body Shop’s global operations.

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