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  1. April 7, 2014

    Saga not over for House of Fraser chairman

    Last week’s deal with Chinese conglomerate Sanpower was supposed to be the culmination of two years work for House of Fraser...

  2. April 4, 2014

    Chinese group set to buy UK’s House of Fraser

    House of Fraser, the 165 year old chain of department stores, has become the latest historic British brand to be snapped up...

  1. January 16, 2014

    Sports Direct to tap Jeff Blue’s knowledge of retail struggles

    If there is one thing investors can bank on with Jeff Blue, it is that he knows the downside of retail deals. As Sports...

  2. August 18, 2013

    House of Fraser eyes London listing to simplify structure

    House of Fraser, the British department store chain, has considered a return to the public markets to help simplify its...

  3. February 7, 2013

    ‘Viking Raider’ gets suspended jail term

    Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson, the Icelandic businessman who owned Hamleys and House of Fraser before his retail group Baugur...

  4. January 24, 2013

    ‘Viking raider’ plots UK comeback

    Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson is still plotting his retail comeback in the UK even as the most high-profile of Iceland’s corporate...

  5. January 7, 2013

    Icelandic raider pleads not guilty

    Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson, the Icelandic corporate raider who used to own large parts of the UK high street, has pleaded not...

  6. December 17, 2012

    Baugur chief indicted in Iceland

    The most prominent of Iceland’s one-time corporate raiders has been indicted by the country’s special prosecutor in the...

  7. December 15, 2011

    Iceland exchange lands first listing since 2008

    Iceland’s tiny stock exchange is on Friday set to land its first company listing in three years, signalling the first...

  8. May 31, 2011

    House of Fraser in £250m bond refinancing

    Department store group House of Fraser has refinanced its bank debts by issuing a £250m bond. The oversubscribed issue of...

  9. April 27, 2011

    All Saints rescue package reaches final stages

    All Saints, the upmarket fashion retailer, is in the final stages of agreeing a £102m financial rescue package with private...

  10. May 14, 2010

    Jóhannesson resigns from House of Fraser

    Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson, the former billionaire who spearheaded an Icelandic invasion of the UK high street, is to step down...

  11. April 10, 2010

    Hamleys begins $34m expansion into India

    The woes of Hamleys' Icelandic former owner, the Baugur Group, have failed to prevent the historic toy seller from launching...

  12. April 10, 2010

    All to play for as Hamleys begins roll-out of 20 toy stores in India

    The woes of Hamleys' former owner, the bankrupt Icelandic Baugur Group, have not stopped the historic toy seller from...

  13. April 9, 2010

    Hamleys begins roll-out of stores in India

    Play time: The toy seller is set to open a store on Saturday in Mumbai, India’s financial centre, and plans to open 20 more...

  14. January 15, 2010

    No moss gathered

    Seeking new challenges in the retail sector, Michael Hitchcock , finance director of Moss Bros, is to leave in April. Mr...

  15. September 14, 2009

    John Lewis targets upmarket fashion market

    John Lewis is launching a push into upmarket fashion, taking on the likes of House of Fraser by focusing on designer labels....

  16. September 10, 2009

    House of Fraser considers its options

    The chairman of House of Fraser quipped that the department store chain's owners "were not communists" as he raised the...

  17. September 9, 2009

    House of Fraser eyes market return

    The chairman of House of Fraser quipped that the department chain’s owner “were not communists” as he raised the possibility...

  18. August 9, 2009

    Iceland bank regulator lines up more cases

    Iceland’s top financial regulator is preparing to hand over more cases of suspected market manipulation to a special...

  19. June 16, 2009

    HoF cold-shoulders Debenhams’ aims

    House of Fraser has insisted it has no plans to sell any of its 62 stores, appearing to dash rival Debenhams’ hopes of...

  20. April 1, 2009

    Icelandic protest over Debenhams share sale

    Landsbanki Islands, the state-owned Icelandic bank, yesterday objected to a significant sale of Debenhams shares linked to...

  21. March 31, 2009

    Landsbanki objects to Debenhams stake sale

    A 13 per cent stake in Debenhams, originally owned by now-defunct Icelandic retailer Baugur, was on Tuesday sold off to...

  22. March 4, 2009

    Shoe Studio sold to Dune

    Shoe Studio, formerly part of the failed Mosaic Fashions group, has been sold to Dune, another shoe chain, its...

  23. February 25, 2009

    BHS and Arcadia to merge

    Sir Philip Green, the owner of BHS and Arcadia Group, is to merge the two companies in an attempt to make better use of...

  24. February 6, 2009

    Kaupthing maps out plans for Mosaic

    A swathe of Britain’s high street will be owned by a failed Icelandic bank under a plan being drawn up by Kaupthing to seize...

  25. February 6, 2009

    Baugur subsidiary placed in administration

    Baugur’s main subsidiary was placed into administration on Friday after the Icelandic group’s executives gave up on an...

  26. February 6, 2009

    Baugur's main creditor makes move on assets

    Baugur's main creditor has moved to take control of its strongest assets, pre-empting an attempt by the failed Icelandic...

  27. February 5, 2009

    Baugur creditor moves on assets

    Baugur’s main creditor has moved to take control of its strongest assets, pre-empting an attempt by the failed Icelandic...

  28. February 5, 2009

    Baugur timeline

    Baugur timeline 1998 Baugur created from merger of two Icelandic supermarket chains, Bónus and Hagkaup Spring 2001 Gradually...

  29. FT Alphaville

    February 5, 2009

    Baugur on brink of administration

    Baugur, the Icelandic investment group that bought various UK and other retailers in the last decade, could fall into...

  30. February 5, 2009

    Baugur bottoms out

    It sounds like a ghastly physics problem. Baugur Group, an inveterate collector of stakes in high street brands, applies for...

  31. February 5, 2009

    Baugur fight looms as debt called in

    Baugur, the Icelandic investment group that bought much of the British high street in the last decade, could fall into...

  32. February 5, 2009

    Jóhannesson sees 'vultures' circling

    Furious at the collapse of his once-powerful retail empire, Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson lashed out at creditors and the governor...

  33. February 5, 2009

    Baugur faces fight for control after debt called in

    Baugur, the Icelandic investment group that bought much of the British high street in the last decade, could fall into...

  34. February 5, 2009

    Baugur faces fight for control of assets

    Icelandic investment group Baugur, which bought much of the British high street in the past decade, could fall into...

  35. February 5, 2009

    Landsbanki shows Baugur no mercy over UK retail assets

    Jeff Blue, head of retail at Baugur, has spent three months talking to the committees presiding over the remnants of...

  36. February 5, 2009

    Investment group shown no mercy over UK retail assets

    Jeff Blue, head of retail at Baugur, has spent three months talking to the committees presiding over the remnants of...

  37. February 4, 2009

    Truth and reconciliation for bank directors

    Bank boardrooms need reform. But Alistair Darling’s promised white paper will have to do better than he did this week when...

  38. February 4, 2009

    Exotic mix of mystery and controversy

    There was the black pin-striped jet, the yacht, the luxury hotel and the shops – a lot of shops. Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson came...

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