By Marcus Leach

The weak housing market coupled with low consumer confidence has hit Focus DIY group hard as they announced they have gone into administration.

Ernst & Young, the administrators, cited these problems as having put the DIY chain under "considerable pressure" which resulted in the administrators being called in.

Focus cited problems with its credit facility before calling the administrators in, which could put the jobs of their 4000 strong team in jeopardy. However, for the time being the 180 stores will continue to operate as normal as the administrators look to find a buyer for the firm.

The move followed "notification of an event of default under the senior credit facility, and a realisation that there were no alternatives that could be explored any further", a company statement said on Wednesday, when it was announced it was seeking administration.

"Despite management's actions to tightly control costs and restructure the operations, unfortunately it has not been possible for the business to continue to trade outside of insolvency," Simon Allport, one of the joint administrators from Ernst & Young, said.