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    1. FT Alphaville

      July 23, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - Unilever best-known brands boost growth

      Unilever shares are topping the early risers on the FTSE 100, up 2 per cent on second-quarter growth beating...

    2. July 10, 2015

      Fund manager Ben Goldsmith to float energy focused trust

      Fund manager Ben Goldsmith is stepping back from the investment group he co-founded in 2002 to float a new trust that...

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    1. June 11, 2015

      Top appointments inspire, not only because of gender

      Not only because she is a woman. Two female appointments have really stood out in the last couple of weeks. One was...

    2. June 2, 2015

      Given the chance, older workers can fill the gap

      Working lives are being extended as life expectancy rises and public health improves — and employers are starting to...

    3. May 28, 2015

      ‘Do it for me’ trend underpins UK sales growth at Kingfisher

      Sales are inching ahead at Kingfisher after strong growth in its trades business offset a decline in DIY as UK and...

    4. May 24, 2015

      ‘Do it for me’ culture threatens home improvement stores

      Ever since the boom years of DIY in the 1980s, bank holidays have typically been the time when British enthusiasts...

    5. March 31, 2015

      Kingfisher to close 60 B&Q stores over two years

      Véronique Laury, the new chief executive of Kingfisher, is taking an axe to 60 of B&Q’s 360 UK stores over the next two...

    6. March 30, 2015

      Kingfisher takeover of Mr Bricolage collapses

      Kingfisher’s plan to take over Mr Bricolage has collapsed after one of the French DIY chain’s major shareholders failed...

    7. March 27, 2015

      Head of B&Q to leave in Kingfisher revamp

      The head of B&Q is set to leave the DIY chain in a shake-up of parent Kingfisher under its new chief executive...

    8. December 29, 2014

      Coffee chains brew robust future in China

      From Best Buy to B&Q, many foreign brands and business models have struggled in China. But perhaps the least likely...

    9. December 22, 2014

      Kingfisher sells controlling stake in China business

      Kingfisher is selling a controlling stake in its lossmaking B&Q China business in a £140m cash deal, the latest in a...

    10. October 26, 2014

      The Silver Economy: Companies train to deal with dementia

      Some of Britain’s largest companies are training employees to deal with Alzheimer’s disease among customers and family...

    11. September 12, 2014

      Veteran nationalist threatens ‘day of reckoning’

      Campaigners against Scottish independence have seized upon remarks by a former deputy leader of the Scottish National...

    12. September 11, 2014

      Business finds its voice on independence

      Business leaders have managed for two long years to avoid becoming involved in the fractious issue of Scottish...

    13. September 10, 2014

      Laury has work cut out as Kingfisher chief

      Sir Ian Cheshire, outgoing chief executive of Kingfisher, describes the day he became chief executive in 2008 as “a bit...

    14. September 10, 2014

      Véronique Laury unexpected choice for Kingfisher crown

      Véronique Laury has hands-on experience for her new job at Kingfisher. She has renovated two houses in northern France,...

    15. September 10, 2014

      Kingfisher king Sir Ian Cheshire hands over the crown

      The appointment of Sir Ian Cheshire as boss of Kingfisher in 2008 put the softly spoken, mild-mannered, all-round “nice...

    16. July 24, 2014

      Beer sales beat Unilever’s slow-moving consumer goods

      “Buy Unilever. It’s hot. Kids want ice cream,” a bigshot cigar-smoking equity salesman once told a fund manager...

    17. July 24, 2014

      Kingfisher sales slip on World Cup and Europe woes

      Shares in DIY retailer Kingfisher fell more than 7 per cent on Thursday after a drop in second-quarter sales, partly...

    18. May 29, 2014

      Kingfisher: drill down

      Get out the cross cut saw and the combi drill. There is work to do. Return on capital at DIY retailer Kingfisher was...

    19. May 29, 2014

      Rickety pricing strategy shakes Kingfisher

      The chief executive of Kingfisher said its B&Q DIY chain discounted “too much” in the first quarter after a drop in...

    20. May 21, 2014

      Green Economy: Ethical sales recover but price is still driving force

      Consumers are buying sustainable products again, after the global economic downturn reduced demand. “Sustainable,...

    21. May 2, 2014

      Kingfisher climbs on cash return hopes

      Hopes of increased cash returns gave Kingfisher its biggest gain in a month on Friday. Kingfisher rose 2 per cent to...

    22. March 25, 2014

      Mudslinging is the worst fate failed floats need fear

      How different to the home life of our dear Queen. Nat Rothschild tweeted that Indonesian miner PT Bumi Resources...

    23. December 6, 2013

      Of Bitcoins, bubbles and B&Q vouchers

      “The tiny Channel Island of Alderney is launching an audacious bid to become the first jurisdiction to mint physical...

    24. FT Alphaville

      November 28, 2013

      The discount hammer, UK retail redux

      Remember Sir Terry Leahy, driver of the Tesco retail steamroller for more than a decade? New stores, lower prices, chug...

    25. October 11, 2013

      Kingfisher revamps B&Q’s top management

      Kingfisher has shaken up the management of its B&Q chain, parting company with the chief executive of the UK arm of the...

    26. October 6, 2013

      Kingfisher head foresees EM supermarket consolidation

      The architect of Carrefour’s global expansion predicts a period of “consolidation” for the European supermarkets that...

    27. September 11, 2013

      Kingfisher: emperor’s new coat

      As the economy warms up, people are supposed to skip out of their paint-chipped doors to stock up on brushes and paint...

    28. September 11, 2013

      Kingfisher cautions on UK recovery claims

      Kingfisher, the DIY retailer, said it was too early to call a recovery in the UK economy, although there were some...

    29. September 1, 2013

      Fresh perspectives from the high seas

      She became a household name in February 2005 by becoming the fastest person to sail solo around the globe. Now...

    30. July 24, 2013

      Fall in number of failed stores points to retail improvement

      Signs of improvement in Britain’s consumer sector emerged on Wednesday as the number of retail units in administration...

    31. July 19, 2013

      From catwalk to Christmas tree

      What top designers send down the runway in London, Paris or New York has long dictated what we buy on the high street....

    32. July 16, 2013

      Fading bank rally leaves FTSE flat

      London’s banks were looking tired after their recent run higher as the wider summer rally on the FTSE 100 also started...

    33. July 3, 2013

      Skills and job creation take top spots in responsible business awards table

      The choice of a large corporation and a small business as overall winners in this year’s Responsible Business Awards...

    34. June 12, 2013

      Trend for older workers fulfils crucial economic and social needs

      The number of people aged 65 and over in work has topped 1m for the first time, highlighting a trend that couples...

    35. June 11, 2013

      Capitalism struggles to balance social value and profit

      Many argue that in order to transform capitalism so it benefits all of society, companies must stop thinking in terms...

    36. May 31, 2013

      Hitachi eyes rapid growth in UK direct lending

      Hitachi Personal Finance, the consumer lending arm of the Japanese engineering group, is to offer the cheapest...

    37. May 30, 2013

      Retail sector losses crimp FTSE rally

      Retailers were weaker on the FTSE 100, but London’s main index stayed calm as appetite for miners and financial stocks...

    38. April 1, 2013

      Supermarkets eye revival through co-traders

      The traditional high street may be dying, but a new one could soon be born – in large, out-of-town supermarkets. As the...

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