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  1. June 29, 2016

    Greene King lifted by Spirit but points to Brexit uncertainty

    Pub operator Greene King has bounced back to profit growth thanks to the acquisition of rival Spirit Pub Company, but...

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    June 29, 2016

    Opening Quote: Goldman Sachs, Dixons Carphone, Greene King

    Michael Sherwood of Goldman Sachs faces a grilling from MPs on BHS, Dixons Carphone profits are up 17 per cent, Bunzl’s...

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  1. Fast FT

    June 29, 2016

    Greene King braces for Brexit bite

    Pubs company Greene King came back to profit growth thanks to the £774m acquisition of the rival Spirit Pub group, but...

  2. February 10, 2016

    Greene King investors toast festive fare

    An increased appetite for Christmas dinner in the local helped brewer and pub operator Greene King enjoy record sales...

  3. Fast FT

    February 10, 2016

    Greene King lifted by Christmas diners

    Sales growth at Greene King, the UK pubs company and brewer, has picked up after a strong performance over Christmas,...

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    December 14, 2015

    Wm Morrison bags Greene King 're-inventor'

    The re-stacking of the top shelves at UK supermarket group Wm Morrison continues. The chain, which has replaced its...

  5. December 2, 2015

    Greene King profits boosted by half after Spirit deal

    Greene King saw its profits rise almost 50 per cent on the back of its acquisition of rival Spirit, beating...

  6. August 28, 2015

    Boardroom trades, August 29

    Kirk Davis joined the board at Greene King last November but unusually for an incoming finance director declined to buy...

  7. July 17, 2015

    Boardroom trades, July 18

    Rob Rowley has spent a year on the board at Greene King. With a wealth of boardroom experience including roles at...

  8. July 13, 2015

    Alent acquisition catalysed by demerger

    A demerger often presages the disappearance of one or both offshoots. The agreed £1.35bn purchase of Alent, a...

  9. July 9, 2015

    Chancellor’s living wage decree angers UK leisure sector

    The leisure and hospitality sector has reacted with dismay to the new living wage announced in UK chancellor George...

  10. July 1, 2015

    Greene King says Scotland drink driving law put brake on sales

    Greene King has blamed a crackdown on drink driving in Scotland, a disappointing World Cup and consumers diverting...

  11. June 22, 2015

    Greene King wins go ahead to swallow Spirit

    Greene King’s £774m takeover of rival Spirit Pub has been cleared by the competition authority, which said it accepted...

  12. June 11, 2015

    Greene King presses ahead with £774m Spirit Pub acquisition

    Greene King is pressing ahead with its £774m acquisition of Spirit Pub without waiting for a final decision from...

  13. May 26, 2015

    Greene King’s £774m takeover of Spirit nears regulatory approval

    Greene King’s £774m takeover of rival Spirit Pub looks set for approval by competition authorities with minimal changes...

  14. May 11, 2015

    Greene King deal with Spirit raises competition concerns

    UK pub group Greene King’s £774m takeover of rival Spirit would “substantially” lessen competition in the sector, the...

  15. January 19, 2015

    Greene King sales flat despite Christmas gains

    Greene King, which is set to become the UK’s biggest managed pub landlord following its takeover of rival Spirit,...

  16. December 4, 2014

    Greene King expects continued consumer caution

    Greene King, the pub company and brewer, warned that consumer spending was likely to remain subdued as wage pressures...

  17. November 23, 2014

    Cutting beer tie not enough to save pub

    Trebles all round! Westminster voted last week to amend the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill and give...

  18. November 19, 2014

    UK pub groups rocked by MPs’ vote to call time on beer tie

    Pub companies face a decline in investor confidence and months of uncertainty after a shock decision by MPs to unwind...

  19. November 4, 2014

    Spirit Pub Company agrees to Greene King’s £774m offer

    Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand predicted more merger deals in the pub industry after winning agreement from...

  20. October 25, 2014

    C&C shares slide after Spirit Pub approach

    C&C Group, the Dublin-based manufacturer of Bulmers and Magners cider and Tennents lager, suffered a share price fall...

  21. October 24, 2014

    Spirit Pub Company rebuffs offer from C&C Group

    Spirit Pub Company has dismissed an approach from Irish drinks maker C&C Group, leaving Greene King in pole position to...

  22. October 22, 2014

    Spirit profits rise as Greene King deadline nears

    Spirit Pub Co, which on Monday said it would approve a merger approach from Greene King, has set aside £75m to fund...

  23. October 20, 2014

    RBS clutches adolescent P2P lending to its bosom, regardless of risk

    Peer-to-peer lending seems to be all grown up and ready to settle down. Lending Club, the world’s biggest such...

  24. October 20, 2014

    Greene King offer for Spirit shows pub groups’ resilient nature

    Rising beer duties, the smoking ban, changes in drinking habits and chronic debt – all have contributed to thousands of...

  25. October 20, 2014

    Greene King tops up Spirit offer

    Pub operator Greene King has persuaded the board of rival group Spirit to accept a revised offer, paving the way for...

  26. October 2, 2014

    Babcock slips as tracker funds exit

    Babcock International’s £1.6bn purchase of helicopter operator Avincis in March has come with a sting in the tail: it...

  27. September 23, 2014

    Greene King bids £725m for Spirit Pub

    Pub group Greene King has made a £725m approach for rivals Spirit Pub Company in a deal that would create the UK’s...

  28. July 18, 2014

    Life after death for the traditional boozer

    No one has ever propped up the bar at the Paper Mill micropub in Sittingbourne, Kent – because it does not have one....

  29. July 3, 2014

    Greene King pubs highlight north-south divide in spending

    Greene King illustrated a split in the recovery of UK consumer spending, with its outlets in London flying while pubs...

  30. June 16, 2014

    Mitchells & Butlers completes £266m Orchid acquisition

    Mitchells & Butlers has completed its £266m purchase of rival pub chain Orchid’s estate as the UK’s biggest pub group...

  31. June 6, 2014

    World Cup fever afflicts brokers

    Ahead of the first matches in the World Cup next week, the financial services industry has been busy churning out lists...

  32. June 3, 2014

    ‘Tied’ publicans to gain power to challenge rents

    Publicans tied to Britain’s big pub companies are to be given new powers to challenge rents and will have an...

  33. May 29, 2014

    Mitchells & Butlers in talks to buy Orchid pubs

    Mitchells & Butlers has entered into exclusive talks to acquire the bulk of pubs owned by upmarket group Orchid in a...

  34. May 1, 2014

    Greene King sells 275 tenanted pubs for less than book value

    Greene King has become the latest pub group to offload a big chunk of its tenanted estate by agreeing to sell a quarter...

  35. April 30, 2014

    Greene King looks to crown strong growth with acquisitions

    The chief executive of Greene King said the pub group was open to making acquisitions, as the owner of 2,200 pubs and...

  36. March 7, 2014

    ‘Democratise drawdown’ says Nest

    Nest, the state-sponsored workplace pension scheme, is looking at ways to make income drawdown, typically the preserve...

  37. February 6, 2014

    Listed pub sector serves up a healthier round of figures

    Pubs closing their doors. Food and drink costs rising. Britons drinking less beer. By some measures, the future of the...

  38. January 19, 2014

    Pub groups start the year on a frothy note

    Christmas was a good time to be a pub owner. A midweek Christmas and New Year’s eve gave many in the UK a near-two week...

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