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UK department store chain Debenhams to pull out of Ireland - RTE

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DUBLIN (Reuters) - British department store chain Debenhams is to pull out of Ireland and close all 11 of its stores there, Irish state broadcaster RTE reported on Thursday.

A liquidator is to be appointed to the Irish operations in the coming days, RTE reported. A spokesman for Debenhams did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Debenhams on Monday said it was preparing to enter administration in the United Kingdom for the second time in a year to protect the business from legal action from creditors during the coronavirus emergency.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries. Editing by Jane Merriman)