Crikey, an Australian news blog, has the tale:
Redgroup Retail, parent of the Borders and Angus & Robertson chains, has been forced to jack up prices, increase returns and extend trading terms with its suppliers, according to industry sources. The company told the New Zealand Stock Exchange in July it was likely to breach two of its banking covenants at the end of the month, with debts believed to be in the order of $50-75 million.
“A whole lot of publishers aren’t doing business with them at the moment,” a senior book publishing source told Crikey. “They are asking for payment terms to be extended to as far as 120 days, which nobody is prepared to give them. In response publishers are cutting their print runs by 30% in the run up to Christmas.” Another source told Crikey that Redgroup was looking to reduce stock on shelves, up recommended retail prices and increase return credits with publishers.