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    1. November 20, 2014

      Mothercare sees signs of turnround

      Babycare retailer Mothercare said it had begun to see signs of a turnround, with margins staying flat after five years of...

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      The interests of banks, politicians and regulators rarely overlap neatly, but when it comes to ending taxpayer bailouts all...

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    1. October 27, 2014

      Shareholders back Mothercare’s rights issue

      Plans to revitalise and modernise Mothercare are set to go ahead after investors backed the struggling retail chain’s £100m...

    2. September 26, 2014

      On the gravy train to Mothercare cash call

      The capital markets hate the thought of new taxation. They much prefer to impose taxes of their own, and this week it was...

    3. September 23, 2014

      Mothercare launches £100m rights issue

      Mothercare, the buggy-to-babywear retailer, has launched a £100m rights issue to pay down debt and close up to 75 UK stores...

    4. September 9, 2014

      Scottish secession would make pensions do the splits

      Scotland could not be separated from the UK with a sweep of a pen. It would require microsurgery of the kind needed to...

    5. August 11, 2014

      Destination Maternity CEO quits after failed Mothercare takeover

      The chief executive of Destination Maternity has quit the US babywear group after it had an approach for Britain’s...

    6. July 28, 2014

      Every little hurts as Lloyds traders scam an Old Lady

      Those Lloyds traders are no muppets. Bank jobs are tough, which is why safe crackers are among the aristocrats of the...

    7. July 28, 2014

      Mothercare shares tumble after Destination Maternity drops bid

      Shares of Mothercare sank 11.6 per cent in early trading on Monday after US baby-wear group Destination Maternity dropped...

    8. July 17, 2014

      Mothercare investment warning pushes shares lower

      New Mothercare chief executive Mark Newton-Jones warned investors that the babywear-and-buggy retailer’s struggling UK...

    9. July 10, 2014

      Mothercare names Newton-Jones as full-time chief executive

      Mothercare has appointed Mark Newton-Jones, its interim chief executive, to lead the British babywear and buggy retailer...

    10. July 6, 2014

      From here to Maternity on raising M&A stakes

      Destination Maternity's £266m offer for Mothercare, the struggling babywear merchant, looks like a rounding error in a...

    11. July 2, 2014

      Mike Ashley bonus railroaded round the City

      Third time lucky. Shareholders have finally agreed a bonus scheme for Mike Ashley, founder and executive deputy chairman of...

    12. July 2, 2014

      Mothercare shares jump after Destination Maternity approaches

      Mothercare shares rose more than 10 per cent on Wednesday after it was confirmed that the British babywear and buggy...

    13. July 1, 2014

      Mothercare slips despite US interest talk

      Mothercare could be the latest UK company to be targeted by a US peer looking for a tax shield. Destination Maternity, the...

    14. May 22, 2014

      Mothercare shares jump as earnings beat forecasts

      Mothercare shares jumped after the babywear and buggy retailer said it had secured more headroom on its debt facilities and...

    15. May 22, 2014

      Miners lift London stocks on China hopes

      London-listed miners stocks are in demand, with HSBC’s “flash” estimate for manufacturing conditions in China – the main...

    16. May 6, 2014

      Mothercare in talks over £90m bank loans

      Mothercare is back at the negotiating table with its lenders seven months after its last refinancing, as the babywear and...

    17. April 20, 2014

      Toys: tough puzzle

      The business of child’s play is in fact anything but that. Toy and games makers are going through a sticky patch. Mattel,...

    18. April 10, 2014

      Mothercare fights back with sales rebound after torrid Christmas

      Shares in Mothercare rallied more than 14 per cent after the babywear and buggy retailer put a torrid Christmas behind it...

    19. February 24, 2014

      City sees Carphone/Dixons chimera as a fabulous beast

      A genuine merger requires equal partners. They are thus almost as rare in real life as the griffins adorning the crest of...

    20. February 24, 2014

      Defeat in price war seals Calver’s fate

      Simon Calver is to step down as Mothercare chief executive just two years into the job, after dismal Christmas trading...

    21. February 3, 2014

      Chinese factories act to keep staff in saddle in Year of the Horse

      As China prepared to usher in the Year of the Horse, Crystal Group, a garment manufacturer that produces clothes for...

    22. January 24, 2014

      Learn from Buba and demand delivery for true price of gold

      A year ago the Bundesbank announced that it intended to repatriate 700 tons of Germany’s gold from Paris and New York....

    23. January 13, 2014

      Fears mount over empty UK shops

      Britain’s high streets face an empty shops crisis as a wave of retailers’ leases begin to expire, offering them the chance...

    24. January 8, 2014

      Fat Face smiling after ‘no sale before Boxing Day’ decision

      The decision not to go on sale before Boxing Day for the fourth year running paid off for Fat Face, which increased its...

    25. FT Alphaville

      January 8, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Where the WMP things are: Are Chinese wealth management products a ponzi-based bogey...

    26. January 8, 2014

      London shares slip as retailers weigh

      More pain in the retail sector led London’s FTSE 100 lower on Wednesday, after a profit warning from Mothercare drove the...

    27. January 8, 2014

      Mothercare shares plunge after profits warning

      Shares in Mothercare plunged almost 30 per cent after a profit warning cast doubts on the viability of the babywear and...

    28. November 24, 2013

      Mothercare takes baby steps towards recovery

      Mothercare’s bosses used to say that spending on kids, particularly over Christmas, was the last budget cut that parents...

    29. November 21, 2013

      Mothercare reports rise in underlying profits

      Consumer spending in the UK will not improve any time soon, warned chief executive of Mothercare Simon Calver, as the...

    30. August 30, 2013

      Highlights from this week’s Investors Chronicle

      Buy: Regus (RGU) Regus is riding the flexible working wave and its expansion prospects, underpinned by established centres...

    31. July 18, 2013

      Mothercare plays down hopes of royal baby bounce

      Mothercare played down hopes of a post-royal baby sales boom as online growth helped limit a drop in UK sales in its first...

    32. June 17, 2013

      Retail: Baby boom is a windfall for children’s products

      A line of cots draped in white organza fills the window of a Detsky Mir (Children’s World) store on a dusty highway in north...

    33. May 23, 2013

      Store closures help Mothercare trim losses

      Cutting the number of its high street stores helped Mothercare narrow losses in its UK division as the retailer attempted to...

    34. May 22, 2013

      Mothercare revival tested by tough target

      Based on its share price alone, the turnround at Mothercare has been a roaring success. Shares in the ailing retailer have...

    35. April 11, 2013

      Mothercare store closures halt UK sales rot

      Mothercare stopped the recent sales decline in its UK business after the babywear and buggies retailer ramped up store...

    36. April 4, 2013

      Lombard: Good case for trio’s censure

      Who killed Cock Robin? A parliamentary report on the near-collapse of Halifax Bank of Scotland pins much of the blame on...

    37. January 30, 2013

      Mothercare’s UK head to leave company

      Mothercare has parted company with the head of its struggling UK business after a restructuring of senior management, on the...

    38. January 17, 2013

      High street undergoing ‘seismic’ change

      The high street is undergoing “seismic” change, the chief executive of Dixons warned, as the electricals chain and rival...

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