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Wilko delays supplier payments to protect cash flow

Wilko has deferred supplier payments
// Wilko has deferred supplier payments and extended the timeframe in which it settles invoices as it seeks to manage its cash flow
//  Earlier this month, Wilko told landlords it would pay its quarterly rent in monthly installments to conserve cash ahead of Christmas

Wilko has deferred payments to suppliers to protect its squeezed cash flow. 

The discount retailer has unilaterally decided to delay payments and has told suppliers that bills due to be paid between 11 September and 8 October would instead be made in the following month, according to The Sunday Times.

Wilko has also changed its terms so that suppliers will be paid in a minimum of 60 days, although the retailer declined to confirm to the newspaper what it’s previous payment terms were.

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The retailer blamed the recent changes on cost inflation, shipment delays and the impact of closing stores on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

The move is the latest effort by Wilko to manage its cash flow.

Earlier this month it emerged that Wilko had told landlords it would pay its quarterly rent bill in monthly installments as it seeks to conserve cash ahead in order to stock up for Christmas.

Wilko is currently being advised by debt experts at Interpath Advisory on a refinancing.

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