P504 Teletext 506 Oct16 21:01:01    ———————  ————————————————  SOFA FIRM ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE Essex Furniture was on the brink of collapse after the troubled home furnishings retailer revealed it had appointed administrators. The Southend-on-Sea firm added fuel to the uncertainty in the retail sector by saying it had appointed partners from Arthur Andersen as its administrators. The group, which claims to have the world's longest sofa, released a profits warning in August. ——————————————————————————————————————— Share index 510 Market report 517 Download and Analyse Share Prices on Your PC See p533-537 Next Shares Movers Family Finance