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  1. April 23, 2014

    AB Foods: UK retailers in the US

    At least it will be easy for bargain hunters to find. Primark’s decision to locate its first US outlet on the site of...

  2. April 23, 2014

    Primark plans US venture as part of wider expansion

    Primark, the fast growing discount fashion chain, is launching an assault on a terrain that over the years has defeated many...

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  1. January 16, 2014

    Online sales boost range of UK retailers

    UK retailers delivered a batch of strong Christmas trading figures on Thursday, with growing numbers of shoppers moving...

  2. November 5, 2013

    M&S clothing sales continue to fall

    Is Marks and Spencer looking good? Marc Bolland, chief executive of Marks and Spencer, insisted the UK high street...

  3. October 24, 2013

    Primark increases compensation to Rana Plaza factory victims in Bangladesh

    Primark has increased compensation payments to the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed...

  4. September 20, 2013

    Corporate subsidiaries: odd couples

    Fancy a peanut butter and sardine sandwich? Some things just do not go together. This week Glencore Xstrata, the...

  5. September 9, 2013

    ABF sees second-half boost from strong Primark

    Associated British Foods has forecast better than expected second-half results after a strong performance from its low-cost...

  6. August 5, 2013

    Bangladesh: Pinned back by politics

    More than three months after the Rana Plaza building near Dhaka collapsed in one the world’s worst industrial accidents, a...

  7. July 23, 2013

    A balancing act in corporate citizenship

    Do companies need a set of values? Is the objective of making a profit a necessary but insufficient condition for those in...

  8. July 11, 2013

    Primark puts spring in ABF’s step

    Improved weather in May and June helped Primark recover from subdued spring trading, allowing the fast-growing discount...

  9. July 8, 2013

    Marks and Spencer clothing sales decline further and faster

    The decline in Marks and Spencer’s clothing sales accelerated in June, according to industry data. The retailer’s clothing...

  10. July 3, 2013

    Retailers call for common standards after Bangladesh disaster

    The UK’s top clothes retailers have denied they are exploiting workers in developing countries during a high-level Whitehall...

  11. July 3, 2013

    Retail: A difficult brief

    Not long after Marc Bolland became chief executive of Marks and Spencer in May 2010, he likened the high-street retailer to...

  12. June 20, 2013

    The supply chain inquisitor

    Rachel Wilshaw feels conflic­ted about making a business case for human rights. There is something depressing about trotting...

  13. June 12, 2013

    Asos boosted by international expansion

    Asos, the online fashion retailer, is to double the number of Primark products it stocks after a trial with the value...

  14. June 11, 2013

    Supply chain: Groups face rising concern on safety

    Corporate attitudes to supply chain sustainability are undergoing a deep and difficult transformation. In the recent past,...

  15. June 3, 2013

    Asos helps Primark make online debut with range of 20 garments

    Primark has taken its debut step online as the cheap chic chain beloved of bargain-hunting clothes shoppers starts selling a...

  16. May 17, 2013

    Week in review, May 18

    A round-up of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories, including stakebuilding in Sony and Google’s...

  17. May 15, 2013

    Rift opens over textile worker safety in Bangladesh

    Last month’s collapse of a building in Bangladesh which left more than 1,200 people dead has sent retailers, government and...

  18. May 13, 2013

    European retailers to sign Bangladesh safety pact

    European retailers led by Hennes & Mauritz, Inditex and Tesco have vowed to sign a deal to improve factory safety in...

  19. May 12, 2013

    LK Bennett set to dip toe in Asia

    British luxury fashion group LK Bennett is looking to Hong Kong and Australia for further growth after pre-tax profits at...

  20. May 5, 2013

    Bangladesh pledges to reform labour laws

    Bangladesh’s government has pledged to reform its labour laws, beef up its factory inspection capacity and ensure the basic...

  21. May 2, 2013

    Retailers pressed to compensate Bangladesh factory victims

    Global labour rights activists are calling on western brands to provide fair compensation for hundreds of Bangladeshi...

  22. May 1, 2013

    Business must take the lead on Bangladesh’s working conditions

    It is easy to forget. Most of us work in buildings where safety can largely be taken for granted, and fire drills are...

  23. April 30, 2013

    Global retailers pledge help for Bangladesh factory victims

    Western retailers have begun pledging compensation for Bangladeshi garment workers killed or injured in last week’s building...

  24. April 29, 2013

    Bangladeshis vent anger at owner of collapsed building

    Bangladeshi lawyers and protesters chanted “hang him, hang him” on Monday as Mohammed Sohel Rana, the owner of a factory...

  25. April 27, 2013

    Four arrested over Dhaka factory disaster

    Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested two factory bosses and two engineers in response to the collapse of a factory...

  26. April 26, 2013

    New Look launches £800m bond to grasp debt nettle

    New Look has launched an £800m bond offering to repay part of a loan that rolls up interest as extra debt and was blamed for...

  27. April 26, 2013

    Bangladeshi fury at slow response to factory disaster rescue

    The stench of death and desperation hung around the wreckage of the Rana Plaza garment factory complex on the outskirts of...

  28. April 25, 2013

    Bangladesh factory disasters highlight regulatory failures

    The day before the building collapsed and killed more than 200 people, Rana Plaza, which housed five garment factories...

  29. April 25, 2013

    Bangladesh mourns as factory toll hits 228

    Bangladesh was observing a day of national mourning on Thursday, as rescue workers searched through the rubble of a...

  30. April 24, 2013

    Scores dead in Bangladeshi garment factory collapse

    A eight-storey building in Bangladesh that collapsed on Wednesday killing at least 87 and trapping or injuring many more may...

  31. April 23, 2013

    CRH up amid US highway contract awards

    The FTSE 100 showed its biggest gain in nearly four months yesterday, with CRH among the risers. The aggregates maker jumped...

  32. April 23, 2013

    Strong Primark growth boosts ABF profits

    Strong sales growth at Primark, the discount clothing store, helped drive a 10 per cent rise in interim revenues at...

  33. March 21, 2013

    Late spring chills H&M sales

    Hennes & Mauritz warned that unusually cold weather in much of Europe was hurting sales and delaying the start of its spring...

  34. March 4, 2013

    Peacocks owner sees Cardiff’s potential

    Philip Day, the man who rescued Peacocks in 2012, saving 6,000 jobs at the struggling Cardiff-based value clothing retailer,...

  35. March 3, 2013

    Fashion chief pins hopes on makeover

    Anders Kristiansen, the new chief executive of New Look, looks as if he breathes fashion. The Danish retailer wears a trendy...

  36. January 17, 2013

    Primark and Asos leave rivals trailing

    Value fashion retailers Primark and Asos blew away lacklustre performances from rivals, with Primark posting one of its...

  37. January 17, 2013

    Petrofac misses rally on Algeria fears

    Petrofac underperformed a rising FTSE 100 on Thursday as concerns grew about the oil services group’s exposure to Algeria....

  38. December 7, 2012

    Primark creates buzz in Germany

    Frankfurt’s vast Christmas market is in full swing but it is the promise of a very different retail experience that has...

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