Northern Ireland

Nine D2 Jeans stores close in Northern Ireland

D2 Jeans store in Belfast
Image caption The D2 store in Belfast has ceased to trade

Clothing chain D2 Jeans is closing nine of its stores in Northern Ireland.

The Scottish-owned chain has gone into administration, with extremely difficult trading conditions being blamed.

It is the second time in two years that the Ayrshire firm has gone into administration.

Four Belfast stores are to close along with two in Bangor and shops in Lisburn, Newry and Omagh.

D2 also has stores in Newtownabbey, Ballymena, Coleraine, Portadown, Enniskillen and Londonderry.

The other shops will be run as a going concern by the administrator.

The stores that are closing are those at the Kennedy Centre, Connswater, Cityside and Castle Lane in Belfast; Bloomfield and the town centre in Bangor; and in Lisburn, Newry and Omagh.

Ten other shops are closing across the UK.

D2 management previously struck a deal to buy more than 40 stores out of administration.

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