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      Brexit and sterling: burn, baby, burn

      Fetishism is always a temptation for Tory MPs. Their riskiest kink is for strong sterling, rather than peccadilloes...

    2. July 7, 2016

      Fears Primark growth is starting to falter

      Primark, for years the main growth driver behind Associated British Foods, is heading for its first annual drop in...

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    1. July 7, 2016

      UK companies reveal Brexit impact on earnings outlook

      The sharp fall in sterling is already feeding through to corporate earnings expectations, with some companies warning...

    2. Fast FT

      July 7, 2016

      Pound to boost ABF for now, but mixed impact ahead

      Associated British Foods is feeling the benefit of a Brexit-weakened pound, with the consumer conglomerate announcing...

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      June 22, 2016

      Markets Live: Wednesday, 22nd June, 2016

      This Markets Live session ended at 12:04 on 22 Jun 2016. Participants in this session were: Bryce Elder BEHey. Hello....

    4. May 27, 2016

      Smaller UK retailers braced for BHS fallout

      As the prospect recedes of a wholesale rescue of BHS, a clutch of smaller UK retailers are watching closely. Faced with...

    5. April 27, 2016

      Landlords face struggle to fill BHS sites locked in a ‘time warp’

      Dozens of BHS’s landlords will struggle to fill properties following the retailer’s collapse as the portfolio is...

    6. Fast FT

      April 25, 2016

      BHS confirms administration

      BHS, the UK department store chain that started out in in 1928 in Brixton, south London, has been put into...

    7. April 19, 2016

      Firm reasons for believing the market should woo family business

      The resilience of hereditary franchises is illustrated by “The Firm”, as the Royal Family sometimes calls itself. The...

    8. Fast FT

      April 19, 2016

      Primark's US debut and stronger sugar market lifts ABF

      Associated British Foods, the owner of Primark and a motley crew of other businesses including Twinings tea and Ryvita,...

    9. February 28, 2016

      ‘Ovaltine Index’ showcases a UK heritage

      Last week, the FT30 index of big, old British businesses was rejigged to include Burberry, maker of macs and beltbags....

    10. February 22, 2016

      ABF upbeat on Primark’s US debut

      Primark, the most visited clothes retailer in the UK, said that its entry into the US since September was going well,...

    11. Fast FT

      February 22, 2016

      Primark-owner ABF boosted by weak sterling

      Associated British Foods, which owns an eclectic range of consumer businesses from discount clothes-seller Primark to...

    12. January 14, 2016

      Primark braced to weather impact of unfavourable currency markets

      Primark, a retailer that usually attracts envious glances from rivals for its rapid growth, has blamed an unusually...

    13. November 8, 2015

      Diversity is the spice of life for Associated British Foods

      Associated British Foods sets a bad example for impressionable younger businesses. The 80-year-old company breaks many...

    14. November 3, 2015

      Primark plots expansion in US and Europe

      Primark will accelerate the pace of new store openings this year following the low-cost chain’s US debut, despite its...

    15. September 11, 2015

      Bar review: Seymour’s Parlour

      Marble Arch is not known for its cutting-edge cocktail bars. Which makes it all the more surprising to find Tony...

    16. September 9, 2015

      Primark lands in Boston with dreams to break tough US market

      Boston should be a natural fit for Primark. The New England city attracted tens of thousands of Irish immigrants in the...

    17. September 7, 2015

      Associated British Foods: sweet and sour

      Associated British Foods — what else would this name conjure up but a fast growing, global clothing chain? The group’s...

    18. September 7, 2015

      ABF flags Primark growth slowdown days before US launch

      Associated British Foods has flagged a slowdown in growth at its previously booming discount fashion chain Primark days...

    19. July 26, 2015

      Instagram: Retail’s holy grail

      Over the past few weeks, Clodagh Pickavance’s followers on Instagram have seen her posing in a classic Fred Perry polo...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. June 20, 2013

      The supply chain inquisitor

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

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. May 14, 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...

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