Sir Philip Green has thanked landlords and suppliers who backed the deal that saved his retail empire.

In an interview with the BBC, he batted away the suggestion the Topshop group had been on the point of going bust in typically combative style.

“It didn’t come close to collapse – we won the vote. It was a legitimate vote that was won”

He did however acknowledge that the retail landscape had changed and that he had been slow to react.

“The market place has changed forever – people want a different kind of service. Should we have seen that three or four years ago – maybe. But now we need to get on with the job”

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