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Debenhams is known to have secured a money injection of round £40m to purchase it additional time because it battles to safe a long run cope with lenders.

The division retailer chain is predicted to announce the recent funds imminently.

The struggling chain – which issued three revenue warnings final yr – is in talks with lenders and bondholders over renegotiating its money owed.

Debenhams can also be trying to accelerate plans to close stores, and is predicted to shut round 20 shops this yr.

The additional cash – which was first reported by the Guardian – is known to be an interim settlement which is able to lengthen the retailer’s present £520m borrowing amenities with banks and allow it to proceed talks over a long run refinancing.

Debenhams announced last year that it will shut as much as 50 shops inside three to 5 years, placing four,000 jobs in danger.

Nevertheless, it’s now trying to secure an insolvency deal which might allow it to deliver ahead the closure of round 20 division retailer chains to this yr.

The deal – generally known as an organization voluntary association – would additionally permit the chain to renegotiate its rents with landlords.

The chain has not but named which shops it plans to shut.

Debenhams has 165 shops and employs round 25,000 individuals.

Excessive Avenue retailers have been underneath growing strain as extra individuals select to buy on-line and go to shops much less.

Debenhams reported a report pre-tax lack of £491.5m final yr and extra just lately stated gross sales had fallen sharply over Christmas.

Final yr, rival chain Home of Fraser fell into administration earlier than Mike Ashley, the billionaire Sports activities Direct founder, purchased the division retailer’s belongings for £90m.

Mr Ashley can also be a serious shareholder in Debenhams, with a 29% stake, and he just lately joined along with investor Landmark Group to vote the retailer’s chairman and chief executive off the board.

Sergio Bucher is continuous as chief government of Debenhams however will not sit on the board whereas Sir Ian Cheshire stepped down instantly as chairman.