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Fashion chain Nicole Farhi saved from administration

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French designer Nicole Fahri acknowledging the crowd after her London 2012 Autumn/Winter collection catwalk show at London Fashion Week in London on February 19, 2012. Financially troubled British fashion chain Nicole Fahri has been snapped up by Maxine Hargreaves-Adams after less than a month in administration, officials said Monday.AFP/File

Financially troubled British fashion chain Nicole Fahri has been snapped up by Maxine Hargreaves-Adams after less than a month in administration, officials said Monday.

"We are extremely pleased to have secured the sale of Nicole Farhi to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams, preserving a well-known retail brand," said Peter Saville, partner at administrators Zolfo Cooper.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

The cash-strapped brand, set up by French-born designer Fahri in 1982, went into administration earlier this month on the back of declining demand and higher costs.

At the time, administrators Zolfo Cooper said a number of investors were interested in buying the chain.

Nicole Farhi employs 119 staff across its six stand-alone and 10 concession stores across Britain and Ireland.

Hargreaves-Adams is the daughter of John Hargreaves, the founder of British retailer Matalan.