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  1. August 12, 2014

    UK’s New Look receives offer for French business Mim

    New Look has received an offer from an Asian trading company for its French business Mim, the retailer said, as UK sales...

  2. June 23, 2014

    UK closes gap on Germany’s growth machine

    Germany’s Mittelstand of middle-sized companies is widely admired, not least in the UK, which aims to emulate its practices...

  1. June 5, 2014

    Viking raider is free to return to the high street

    Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson was the Viking raider extraordinaire. An Icelander with long, shaggy hair, he snapped up scores of UK...

  2. June 5, 2014

    Sir Ken rails against Morrison successors

    The former king rails against his successors in a three-hour performance: not just King Lear in London at the National...

  3. June 5, 2014

    Icelandic court clears corporate raider

    Iceland’s most high-profile corporate raider and two former bank chief executives have been acquitted in separate cases that...

  4. May 4, 2014

    Yuan Yafei, Sanpower chairman – ‘Only strange people can succeed’

    In the presidential suite of a Hong Kong hotel, Yuan Yafei starts his morning with a glass of warm green tea, a pack of...

  5. May 4, 2014

    New House of Fraser owner targets Russia expansion

    Yuan Yafei, the chairman of Sanpower, plans to bring House of Fraser to Russia and the Middle East following his company’s...

  6. April 15, 2014

    Sanpower prepares to take House of Fraser into Asia

    Sanpower will pay £155m to take control of House of Fraser, the Chinese conglomerate said as it prepares to take the...

  7. April 8, 2014

    Sports Direct shares hit after Mike Ashley sells £200m stake

    Shares in Sports Direct closed more than 9 per cent lower after owner Mike Ashley sold £200m worth of shares. The sale by Mr...

  8. 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...

  9. April 7, 2014

    Hunter stays focused on philanthropy

    Sir Tom Hunter’s decision to sell his 11 per cent stake in House of Fraser to Mike Ashley brought the Scottish entrepreneur...

  10. April 7, 2014

    Ashley cuts stake in Sports Direct by £200m

    Mike Ashley is selling £200m-worth of shares in Sports Direct, the sportswear retailer he controls, just days after snapping...

  11. April 7, 2014

    Chinese entrepreneur Yuan Yafei quietly builds empire

    Yuan Yafei may be one of China’s richest men, but before his bid for House of Fraser, few in his own country had heard much...

  12. April 7, 2014

    Maverick retailer Ashley gatecrashes Chinese tycoon’s party

    A Chinese tycoon, a Scottish philanthropist, and a maverick retailer and football club owner. The fate of House of Fraser,...

  13. April 6, 2014

    Hunter sells House of Fraser stake to Ashley

    Sir Tom Hunter sold his 11 per cent stake in House of Fraser to Mike Ashley in a sign of the Scottish entrepreneur’s...

  14. April 4, 2014

    Deal brings an end to colourful Fraser saga

    Over a glass of fizz on Friday, House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy toasted a potential deal that brought the 165-year-old...

  15. 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...

  16. March 30, 2014

    Chinese millionaire in talks to buy House of Fraser

    A Chinese conglomerate controlled by a wealthy retail entrepreneur is in talks to buy House of Fraser for more than £450m....

  17. January 23, 2014

    House of Fraser aims for IPO as sale talks end

    House of Fraser is to join the growing list of retailers seeking to float on the London Stock Exchange after talks with...

  18. January 13, 2014

    Ashley could give Debenhams the shake-up it needs

    Michael Sharp, chief executive of Debenhams, will have to add a fifth pillar to his ho-hum “four pillar” strategy: keeping...

  19. January 3, 2014

    House of Fraser poised to appoint advisers on possible £350m IPO

    House of Fraser is poised to appoint HSBC and Numis to advise it on a possible £350m initial public offering. The department...

  20. January 2, 2014

    House of Fraser’s lack of discounting leads to happy Christmas

    House of Fraser avoided the siren call of heavy discounting in the run-up to Christmas as the department store group...

  21. January 2, 2014

    Debenhams chief under fire after CFO departure

    Disastrous Christmas trading has plunged Debenhams, one of Britain’s biggest high street retailers, into crisis, forcing its...

  22. December 20, 2013

    Week in Review, December 20

    A round-up of some of the week’s corporate events and news stories. Saab lands key Brazil fighter contract In a surprise...

  23. December 17, 2013

    Galeries Lafayette in talks to buy House of Fraser

    House of Fraser is in advanced talks to be acquired by Galeries Lafayette, the French department store chain. The talks come...

  24. September 25, 2013

    Laura Ashley loses its bloom as competition grows

    Shares in Laura Ashley fell as much as 14 per cent after like-for-like sales at the homeware and fashion retailer slumped as...

  25. September 20, 2013

    High street retailers hit by claims of sports bra price-fixing

    The price of sports bras has been pushed up by collusion between some of Britain’s largest department stores and a leading...

  26. 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...

  27. May 5, 2013

    House of Fraser held sale talks with Qatari investors

    House of Fraser has held talks with Qatari investors about a potential takeover of the UK department store chain, in further...

  28. February 26, 2013

    Ashley sells Sports Direct shares for £100m

    Mike Ashley has raised £100m from selling shares in Sports Direct, the sports goods retailer he founded and where he has a...

  29. 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...

  30. January 11, 2013

    Christmas retail sparkle loses its shine

    From the frenzied scenes in London’s Oxford Street over Christmas and the New Year, it is difficult to believe that the UK...

  31. January 9, 2013

    Tesco set to unveil senior appointments

    Tesco is poised to announce a management shake-up on Thursday that will see at least two senior appointments to bolster its...

  32. January 8, 2013

    Debenhams’ margins hit by promotions

    Debenhams has revised down its full-year gross margin projections, despite registering a near 3 per cent increase in...

  33. January 7, 2013

    House of Fraser sets Christmas revenue record

    Bumper sales of handbags and menswear have led to record Christmas revenues for House of Fraser. The company, which has...

  34. 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...

  35. December 26, 2012

    Boxing Day sales: Shoppers break records

    After a temporary morning lull brought on by the Tube strike, Oxford Street bustled with activity as shoppers scrambled over...

  36. 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...

  37. December 13, 2012

    Ashley cool over House of Fraser bid

    Mike Ashley played down the prospect of a bid for a stake in House of Fraser as Sports Direct International unveiled an...

  38. November 5, 2012

    Head of lingerie to lead M&S womenswear

    Marks and Spencer has named Frances Russell, head of lingerie, as its new director for womenswear. The retailer, which will...

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