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  1. July 7, 2016

    Brexit and sterling: burn, baby, burn

    Fetishism is always a temptation for Tory MPs. Their riskiest kink is for strong sterling, rather than peccadilloes...

  2. July 7, 2016

    Fears Primark growth is starting to falter

    Primark, for years the main growth driver behind Associated British Foods, is heading for its first annual drop in...

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  1. July 7, 2016

    UK companies reveal Brexit impact on earnings outlook

    The sharp fall in sterling is already feeding through to corporate earnings expectations, with some companies warning...

  2. FT Alphaville

    July 7, 2016

    Opening Quote: Rocky retail in the UK

    UK retailers, with some exceptions, have had a rocky start to the day, but The City can take solace in musical...

  3. Fast FT

    July 7, 2016

    FT Opening Quote: "Stayin' Alive" in UK retail

    It’s a rocky morning for UK retail, says City Editor Jonathan Guthrie in this morning’s city briefing. You can sign up...

  4. Fast FT

    July 7, 2016

    Pound to boost ABF for now, but mixed impact ahead

    Associated British Foods is feeling the benefit of a Brexit-weakened pound, with the consumer conglomerate announcing...

  5. June 22, 2016

    AB Foods misses out on pre-EU poll rally

    The UK’s pre-referendum rally extended into a fourth day on Wednesday but Primark owner Associated British Foods missed...

  6. May 10, 2016

    ABF weighs sale of Chinese sugar business

    Associated British Foods is looking to sell its lossmaking sugar business in China to focus on its sugar operations in...

  7. April 19, 2016

    Primark profits hit by strong dollar

    Primark, the fashion retailer with the claim to the lowest prices on the high street, reported a 5 per cent increase in...

  8. Fast FT

    April 19, 2016

    Opening Quote: ABF's sweetener; Rio's cut; Ashmore AuM

    ABF’s results have been sweetened by its sugar performance, Rio Tinto has cut iron ore production guidance, Ashmore has...

  9. FT Alphaville

    April 19, 2016

    FT Opening Quote

    ABF’s results have been sweetened by its sugar performance, Rio Tinto has cut iron ore production guidance, Ashmore has...

  10. Fast FT

    April 19, 2016

    Primark's US debut and stronger sugar market lifts ABF

    Associated British Foods, the owner of Primark and a motley crew of other businesses including Twinings tea and Ryvita,...

  11. April 8, 2016

    ABF buys out South African sugar partner

    Associated British Foods has seen profits from its once-mighty sugar unit dissolve by more than 90 per cent in the last...

  12. February 28, 2016

    ‘Ovaltine Index’ showcases a UK heritage

    Last week, the FT30 index of big, old British businesses was rejigged to include Burberry, maker of macs and beltbags....

  13. February 22, 2016

    HSBC princelings’ concerns over precarious positions quashed

    The son of a senior Chinese government official has written to Lombard’s agony aunt service seeking career advice*....

  14. February 22, 2016

    ABF upbeat on Primark’s US debut

    Primark, the most visited clothes retailer in the UK, said that its entry into the US since September was going well,...

  15. Fast FT

    February 22, 2016

    Primark-owner ABF boosted by weak sterling

    Associated British Foods, which owns an eclectic range of consumer businesses from discount clothes-seller Primark to...

  16. Fast FT

    February 8, 2016

    ABF looks to buy out African sugar business

    Associated British Foods, the UK company that combines a sugar business with low cost clothing retailer Primark, has...

  17. January 14, 2016

    Sugar: beet up

    Sugar from beets was a product of the Napoleonic wars. Investors could be forgiven for wondering if that was the last...

  18. January 14, 2016

    Primark braced to weather impact of unfavourable currency markets

    Primark, a retailer that usually attracts envious glances from rivals for its rapid growth, has blamed an unusually...

  19. November 8, 2015

    Diversity is the spice of life for Associated British Foods

    Associated British Foods sets a bad example for impressionable younger businesses. The 80-year-old company breaks many...

  20. November 3, 2015

    Primark plots expansion in US and Europe

    Primark will accelerate the pace of new store openings this year following the low-cost chain’s US debut, despite its...

  21. September 9, 2015

    Primark lands in Boston with dreams to break tough US market

    Boston should be a natural fit for Primark. The New England city attracted tens of thousands of Irish immigrants in the...

  22. September 7, 2015

    Associated British Foods: sweet and sour

    Associated British Foods — what else would this name conjure up but a fast growing, global clothing chain? The group’s...

  23. September 7, 2015

    ABF flags Primark growth slowdown days before US launch

    Associated British Foods has flagged a slowdown in growth at its previously booming discount fashion chain Primark days...

  24. July 21, 2015

    Dividend ‘spike’ predicted ahead of tax changes

    Dividend payouts from UK companies are set to spike in the first quarter of 2016 ahead of tax reforms that will...

  25. July 10, 2015

    Primark heads for Milan with growth plans

    Primark, the fast fashion chain, is to enter Italy in 2016 — a year earlier than expected — and launch in the US in...

  26. June 12, 2015

    Average FTSE 100 boss paid 150 times more than the average worker

    FTSE 100 chief executive and worker pay widens Greek philosopher Plato mused that the best paid in society should not...

  27. May 29, 2015

    Impending US launch of Primark arm keeps AB Foods ahead

    A sell-off in the closing minutes of trade sent the FTSE 100 sharply lower on Friday but AB Foods avoided the drop....

  28. April 30, 2015

    Primark growth potential boosts AB Foods

    AB Foods was in demand on Thursday after Morgan Stanley set out a 25-year plan for its Primark chain. Primark has the...

  29. April 24, 2015

    Week in Review, April 25

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Fears over Credit Suisse equity...

  30. April 21, 2015

    Ubiquitous chip promises Arm relevance after Moore’s Law palls

    Moore’s Law states that chip processing power doubles every two years. Bore’s Law requires tech pundits to quote...

  31. April 21, 2015

    ABF earnings soured by sugar business

    Associated British Foods’ pre-tax profits have fallen in a bittersweet set of first-half earnings, as continued...

  32. February 23, 2015

    ABF earnings bittersweet as Primark held back by sugar business

    Bargain-hunters ensured robust Christmas sales at Primark but this was not enough to offset a sharp drop in sugar...

  33. February 3, 2015

    Primark owner takes hit from biofuels plant

    Associated British Foods has blamed falling oil and bioethanol prices, and the weakening euro for its decision to take...

  34. January 15, 2015

    Rupert’s last hurrah should be to hold George to his North Sea pledge

    He never phones. He never emails. George Osborne’s top adviser Rupert Harrison long ago gave up lobbying this columnist...

  35. January 15, 2015

    Primark sales surge but sugar proves less sweet for ABF

    It was a tale of two Christmases at Associated British Foods. The British food producer reported “strong” trading at...

  36. December 5, 2014

    Warm autumn holds back sales at Primark

    Underlying sales at Primark have been lower than expected over the past three months, the discount retailer’s parent...

  37. November 4, 2014

    Primark’s fashionistas must avoid rivals’ wardrobe malfunctions

    Primark’s £5 T-shirts generally end up in one of three places: on a value conscious shopper; in a bargain bin...

  38. November 4, 2014

    Primark sales surge saves ABF’s broader results

    Primark shrugged off the unseasonably warm weather this autumn, with sales and profits still rising strongly over the...

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