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  1. 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 party...

  2. 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 independence....

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  1. Sustainable Business: Green Economy

    More policy levers need to be introduced before a broader swathe of industry can be pe...
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  1. 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...

  2. 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, and...

  3. 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 guy”...

  4. 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 acquaintance...

  5. 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 driven...

  6. 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 just...

  7. 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 margin...

  8. 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, welfare...

  9. 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 426.4p,...

  10. 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 resembled a...

  11. 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...

  12. 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 chug...

  13. 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 DIY...

  14. 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...

  15. 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 and...

  16. 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 signs of...

  17. 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 yachtswoman...

  18. 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 at...

  19. 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. But...

  20. 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 to...

  21. 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 shows...

  22. 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 personal...

  23. 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 of...

  24. 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 unsecured...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. March 26, 2013

    Kingfisher suffers from cold snap

    Wet weather last summer contributed to the first fall in Kingfisher’s annual profits for five years – and the DIY chain is...

  28. March 14, 2013

    Profit outlook boosts Home Retail shares

    Shares in Home Retail Group swung back into favour with investors after the owner of the Argos and Homebase brands increased...

  29. February 1, 2013

    B&Q Ireland receives court protection

    B&Q Ireland has received court protection from its creditors as the home improvement chain owned by UK-based Kingfisher...

  30. January 11, 2013

    Change of tack at Albert Dock owner

    The owner of Liverpool’s Albert Dock has appointed its first chief executive from outside the founding family as it moves...

  31. November 30, 2012

    Cable presses headhunters on diversity

    Vince Cable is pressing headhunters to publish a gender breakdown of people they place in senior jobs, as it emerged there...

  32. November 29, 2012

    Kingfisher suffers earnings fall

    Kingfisher, the owner of the B&Q home improvement chain, reported a 5.9 per cent drop in third-quarter earnings before...

  33. November 1, 2012

    Staff remain tight-lipped amid glum mood

    At 2pm in the Comet store off Old Kent Road, London, on Thursday, the mood, despite the blaring pop music, was glum. Less...

  34. September 19, 2012

    PZ Cussons blames weather for poor sales

    Britain’s wet summer has been blamed for dampening profits at a host of retailers, housebuilders and pubs. Now PZ Cussons is...

  35. beyondbrics

    September 14, 2012

    China: Home Depot packs its bags

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in China, don’t import your business model from Atlanta and expect it to work. Late...

  36. September 12, 2012

    Cummings’ thought crime was unwarranted optimism

    Former HBOS executive Peter Cummings has accused the Financial Services Authority of “Orwellian process” after it fined him...

  37. September 12, 2012

    Wet summer damps Kingfisher profits

    Kingfisher, the owner of the B&Q home improvement chain, blamed a rain-soaked summer and unhelpful exchange rates for a more...

  38. July 19, 2012

    Poor summer rains on UK company margins

    After weeks of rain and widespread flooding, the UK’s miserable summer claimed more victims on Thursday as companies blamed...

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