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  1. 13 hours ago

    Retail executives play musical chairs for sales growth prize

    It is one of the biggest games of executive musical chairs being played out in the City of London. Over the past few weeks,...

  2. 13 hours ago

    Leading names of Leahy era enjoy mixed fortunes post-Tesco

    After Philip Clarke took the helm of Tesco in 2011, few of the cadre of senior managers assembled by his predecessor Sir...

  1. 19 hours ago

    Wm Morrison marches in step with discounters

    Nearly three years ago to the day, Tesco veteran Andy Higginson announced he was quitting the supermarket, having lost out...

  2. FT Alphaville

    July 29, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, NEWS GKN up on strong results, dividend. Thanks to a strong performance at its Driveline auto parts...

  3. July 29, 2014

    Andrew Higginson swaps Poundland for Wm Morrison

    Andrew Higginson, a retail industry heavyweight and chairman of Poundland, is to become the non-executive chairman of Wm...

  4. July 3, 2014

    Poundland chalks up annual sales near £1bn mark

    Poundland reported nearly £1bn in annual sales on Thursday, just three months after the British discount chain listed its...

  5. June 30, 2014

    Poundworld raises cash for store expansion

    Discount retailer Poundworld has secured £26m to fund up to 150 new stores over the next three years, as it plans to cash in...

  6. 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...

  7. June 3, 2014

    Online discount retailer MandM Direct plans to float on Aim

    MandM Direct is the latest discount private equity-backed e-tailer to announce it plans to join the Alternative Investment...

  8. May 22, 2014

    Backlash over IPO glut gives Fat Face a fat lip

    Ah, those dear, dead days beyond recall! Back then, we and the world were young and anything seemed possible. I’m talking...

  9. May 19, 2014

    Game confirms London listing plan

    Game Digital, the video games chain that collapsed into administration just two years ago, has confirmed plans to launch the...

  10. May 8, 2014

    Tesco steps up hard discounter offensive

    Tesco has stepped up its offensive against the hard discounters and pound stores, dedicating aisles in its stores to...

  11. May 8, 2014

    Poundland records 13% jump in sales

    Sales at Poundland, the discount store chain that floated in March, jumped to just under £1bn in its last financial year, in...

  12. March 24, 2014

    Pets at Home IPO provides bumper payday for senior managers

    Senior management at Pets at Home sold nearly £15m of shares into its initial public offering, with management who bought in...

  13. March 12, 2014

    Debt distinguishes Poundland and Pets at Home

    They were both bought the same year and were both floated on Wednesday. But the initial public offerings of Poundland and...

  14. March 12, 2014

    Mixed reception for two London IPOs

    Poundland underlined investor enthusiasm for London retail flotations after shares in the discount store chain rose 20 per...

  15. March 3, 2014

    ISS aims to raise €1.1bn through stock market float

    ISS, the Danish security and cleaning company, said on Monday it was aiming to raise DKr8bn (€1.1bn) through its stock...

  16. February 28, 2014

    Regulators under pressure over AO listing

    Regulators are coming under pressure to improve pre-flotation disclosure of information to investors, following this week’s...

  17. February 28, 2014

    Pets at Home IPO in London gives retailer £1.3bn valuation

    Pets at Home, the seller of items from rabbits to dog coats, has priced its initial public offering at 210p-260p as the...

  18. February 18, 2014

    Poundland gives the go-ahead for £700m IPO

    Poundland has given the green light to its initial public offering of about £700m. Strong growth during the recession, and...

  19. February 18, 2014

    Five facts about Poundland

    • Poundland opened its first store in Burton-upon-Trent in 1990 with the intention of mimicking the success of single-price...

  20. February 18, 2014

    Poundland bolsters board ahead of IPO

    Poundland has appointed a slew of City heavyweights to its board after the discount retailer fired the starting gun on its...

  21. January 23, 2014

    Europe primed for fresh wave of  IPOs

    The surge in European initial public offerings in the second half of last year is set to accelerate, according to new...

  22. January 20, 2014

    Retailers join growing IPO shopping list

    Bankers are preparing to list a swelling number of high street retailers on the London Stock Exchange as their private...

  23. January 3, 2014

    The UK retail sale with no bargains

    A walk down the high street is a walk into Alice in Wonderland. At first glance, everything seems upside down. The stores...

  24. November 6, 2013

    Poundland appoints advisers on stock market listing

    Poundland has fired the starting gun on a possible stock market listing that could value the discount retailer at...

  25. October 30, 2013

    UK’s Supreme Court rules ‘workfare’ legally flawed

    A scheme that requires unemployed people to do unpaid work as a condition of receiving welfare benefits was today ruled...

  26. October 1, 2013

    Pound shops profit from affluent shoppers

    Tightened belts have led to bulging sales at discount retailers and cheap grocers in the past few years. But even those in...

  27. October 1, 2013

    UK’s Poundland mulls float as sales climb 15%

    Poundland is mulling a float early next year after the discount retailer posted another jump in sales and outlined its...

  28. June 27, 2013

    UK business seeks to learn from Germany

    From business banking to apprenticeships, British policy makers are seeking to learn lessons from Germany in the quest for...

  29. June 25, 2013

    Carpetright shareholders miss out on dividend for third year

    Investors in Carpetright should not expect a dividend any time soon after the carpet and bed retailer opted to continue...

  30. May 5, 2013

    Poundland owners look to cash in with sale or float

    The private equity owners of Poundland are eyeing a possible sale or float of the discount retail chain early next year to...

  31. April 11, 2013

    FT Austerity Audit: Emptying high streets braced for cuts

    High streets and store chains across the UK are bracing themselves for the impact of fresh welfare cuts, with some retailers...

  32. March 10, 2013

    Personal touch is key for lockmaker

    Willenhall may now be best-known as the headquarters of the Poundland chain of discount stores. But the town in the Black...

  33. February 24, 2013

    Banksy murals withdrawn from US auction

    A Banksy mural that was mysteriously removed from a street in north London has been withdrawn from auction following a...

  34. February 22, 2013

    Banksy mural withdrawn from sale

    The mystery of a disappearing piece of street art took a new turn at the weekend as a Banksy mural, taken from the wall of a...

  35. February 20, 2013

    Council probes sale of Banksy mural

    Haringey council in London is investigating how a mural by Banksy, the street artist, was put on sale at a Miami auction...

  36. February 13, 2013

    Poundland case revives ‘slave labour’ row

    Few issues are more emotive than the idea of being forced to stack shelves at somewhere like Poundland, the discount...

  37. February 12, 2013

    Poundland ruling sparks work schemes review

    Ministers are trying to get back-to-work schemes on track after a university graduate won a court ruling that making her...

  38. January 6, 2013

    Morrison loses manager before sales update

    Wm Morrison has lost another manager just as the supermarket chain is expected to confirm on Monday that it was one of the...

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