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    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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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,...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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....

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

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    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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. December 5, 2012

    Buyers pay lip service to factory welfare

    Last Thursday, Bangladeshi firefighters launched a surprise inspection of clothing factories across the country. The visit...

  36. November 22, 2012

    Mothercare cuts losses despite slowdown

    Mothercare is wooing shoppers with coffee shops, test tracks for buggies and “Mumspace” areas as it strives to turn round...

  37. November 18, 2012

    The Entertainer to franchise stores abroad

    The Entertainer is looking to build on its success as the UK’s largest independent toy retailer by opening shops in central...

  38. October 18, 2012

    Mothercare halts home front sales slide

    Mothercare’s efforts to bolster its struggling UK business have taken a positive turn, with the lossmaking baby clothing...

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