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ELECTRICAL chain Comet has officially entered administration, calling in Deloitte to try and find a buyer.

The chain’s stores in Portsmouth and Fareham remain open to customers, but the facility to pay using gift cards has been suspended.

A total of 6,611 jobs are at risk at Comet, which was founded in 1933 in Hull, including 4,682 full-time roles.

But Deloitte said that it intends to keep stores trading during the administration and does not plan to make redundancies.

Maplin and Dixons are said to be only interested in a handful of stores.