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The Body Shop owes millions in unpaid bills to former owner Natura

Sophie Smith
21 June 2024

The Body Shop has reportedly accumulated £15 million in debt over unpaid bills to its former owner Natura & Co.

The brand owes Natura the money for products it supplied, with the bills dating from the period when Aurelius took over The Body Shop before it collapsed into administration, according to Retail Week.

Approximately 65% of The Body Shop’s supply continues to come from the Avon factory in Poland, which is owned by Natura.

A source close to the situation claimed the British beauty brand racked up its debt while under investment firm Aurelius.

As a result, they said that Natura may have a say in deciding who ends up buying The Body Shop next by threatening to withdraw product supply should the next owner not align with their brand.

Natura & Co The Body Shop

The Body Shop, which was founded by Anita Roddick in 1976, entered administration in February this year. It currently trades across 100 stores following a shop closure and redundancy programme.

Administrators at FRP Advistory recently said they wanted to complete the sale of The Body Shop before the end of June.

At the end of last month, an FRP spokesperson said it had been "encouraged by the level of interest received to date from interested parties". At the time, FRP totalled over 70 potential buyers. Aurelius is reportedly not expected to put in a bid for the British brand.

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