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  1. April 17, 2014

    Co-op: cannonade against the commissars

    The Co-operative Group is good at arranging funerals. Just as well. Pessimists say it may need to arrange its own. The...

  2. November 28, 2013

    Co-operative Group: Mutual maelstrom

    The grand opening of the Co-operative Group’s gleaming Manchester headquarters two weeks ago was supposed to showcase the...

  1. May 15, 2013

    S&P cut adds to fears over Co-op’s health

    “The high street will never look the same again,” was the boast of the Co-operative Group four years ago after making two...

  2. August 7, 2012

    Probity best defence against hit squad

    Is it because we is British? Spoof rapper Ali G’s reflex riposte to criticism (“Is it because I is black?”) can be reworked...

  3. August 7, 2012

    Marks to retire as Co-op chief

    Peter Marks is to retire as chief executive of the Co-operative Group after six years at the helm of the retail and...

  4. June 21, 2012

    Beecroft hails progress in labour market

    Adrian Beecroft, the private equity pioneer who advised the government on employment rights, said he was ‘”taken aback” by...

  5. April 6, 2012

    OpCapita eyes consumer and leisure deals

    OpCapita, which rescued Game Group from administration and last year bought electrical retailer Comet for £2, is eyeing...

  6. March 18, 2012

    Co-op’s big adventure may turn sour

    “Good with food,”; “Good with money”, run the Co-operative Group’s strap lines. But after rapid expansion in recent years –...

  7. January 16, 2012

    Morrison’s interest in Iceland Foods cools

    Wm Morrison’s interest in Iceland Foods is cooling, raising doubts about whether Britain’s fourth-biggest supermarket chain...

  8. October 10, 2011

    Disposals may strain Iceland Foods auction

    Britain’s big four supermarkets would have to dispose of over 20 per cent of Iceland Foods stores if they were to acquire...

  9. September 7, 2011

    Lloyds Banking Group: who will buy?

    Lloyds Banking Group, forced to sell about 630 branches under European Union rules on state bail-outs and pressured by the...

  10. July 8, 2011

    Wm Morrison hopes to shop around for Iceland Foods stores

    Wm Morrison has cast doubt over any bid for the entire Iceland Foods chain, hinting that it may instead just cherry-pick...

  11. April 25, 2011

    Supermarket rivals line up for Iceland sale

    Some of Britain’s biggest retailers are preparing to look over Iceland Foods, if the sale of a majority stake in the frozen...

  12. March 30, 2011

    Co-op to stick to store expansion

    The Co-operative Group, Britain’s biggest mutual retailer, said it would continue to grow in a flat market after posting an...

  13. March 9, 2011

    High-profile arrests threaten to spoil a party

    The timing of the arrest of Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz could not have been more striking, with more than 18,000 fellow...

  14. January 10, 2011

    Wm Morrison denies losing momentum

    Dalton Philips defended Wm Morrison’s performance over the festive period, in spite of the grocer failing to emerge for the...

  15. October 13, 2010

    Topland expands into green energy

    Topland, the investment company managed by property entrepreneurs Sol and Eddie Zakay, has invested in a solar energy...

  16. October 12, 2010

    George calls time

    Enterprise Inns’ chief financial officer David George is calling time after 20 years at the pubs group. He will be replaced...

  17. October 8, 2010

    Mutual bulks up its business

    The merger of theCo-operative’s travel arm with Thomas Cook is the latest stage of the group’s transformation under Peter...

  18. August 26, 2010

    Co-op cautious despite boost

    Fresh look: the Co-op has converted half of Somerfield stores to its brand The Co-operative Group, Britain’s biggest mutual...

  19. July 7, 2010

    On the charm offensive for a sale

    Andrew Bracey, Ocado CFO Along with Ocado chief executive Tim Steiner, the online retailer’s finance director Andrew Bracey...

  20. May 28, 2010

    Asda to buy Netto UK for £778m

    Walmart's Asda unit said yesterday that it was planning to acquire Netto Foodstores, the discount food retailer, from...

  21. April 17, 2010

    Penalties unlikely to hurt balance sheets

    The £225m fine handed down by the Office of Fair Trading might be the largest ever imposed by the competition watchdog, but...

  22. April 17, 2010

    Imperial and Morrison set to appeal

    Leading tobacco and retail groups were last night preparing to hit back over a record price-fixing fine imposed by the...

  23. April 16, 2010

    Penalties unlikely to hurt balance sheets

    The £225m ($346m) fine handed down by the Office of Fair Trading might be the largest ever imposed by the competition...

  24. April 16, 2010

    Imperial and Morrison set to appeal OFT fine

    Leading tobacco and retail groups were on Friday preparing to hit back over a record price-fixing fine imposed by the...

  25. April 16, 2010

    OFT fines retailers and tobacco groups

    The Office of Fair Trading on Friday announced that it has imposed a fine on Imperial Tobacco and four retailers of just...

  26. March 19, 2010

    The Co-op highlights mutual model

    The Co-operative Group, which began life as a small store in Rochdale in 1843, now has a shop in every postcode in the UK -...

  27. March 18, 2010

    Co-op highlights mutual model

    The Co-operative Group, which began life as a small store in Rochdale in 1843, now has a shop in every postcode in the UK –...

  28. March 18, 2010

    Acquisitions boost Co-op results

    The Co-operative Group almost doubled its profits in 2009, aided by its purchase of the Somerfield supermarket chain and the...

  29. January 12, 2010

    Co-op enjoys robust sales

    The Co-operative Group yesterday provided further evidence that UK supermarkets enjoyed robust sales over the Christmas...

  30. January 11, 2010

    Co-op adds to supermarkets’ Christmas cheer

    The Co-operative Group on Monday provided further evidence that UK supermarkets enjoyed robust sales in the run-up to...

  31. November 30, 2009

    Co-op launches aggressive cashback campaign

    The Co-operative Group is joining the fierce battle for Christmas shoppers with an unprecedented "triple divi" - giving...

  32. November 29, 2009

    Co-op launches aggressive cashback campaign

    The Co-operative Group is joining the fierce battle for Christmas shoppers with an unprecedented “triple divi” – giving...

  33. October 22, 2009

    Debenhams cuts debt pile by £100m

    Debenhams has paid off £100m of its debt, but has kept back another £100m from its £323m capital raising in June for...

  34. October 19, 2009

    Lovering poised to step down as chairman of Debenhams

    John Lovering, the chairman of Debenhams, is set to announce he will step down when the company reports its final results on...

  35. October 13, 2009

    Somerfield helps Co-op reclaim top league status

    The Co-operative Group has returned to the "Premier League" of retailing, its chief executive said yesterday, as it...

  36. October 12, 2009

    Somerfield takeover boosts Co-Op

    The Co-operative Group has returned to the “Premier League” of retailing, its chief executive said on Monday, as it...

  37. September 5, 2009

    Fortescue sails off from Apax

    Avid sailor Alex Fortescue , head of Apax Partners' European retail team, recently returned from a sailing trip down the...

  38. August 19, 2009

    Waitrose upsurge signals revival

    Grocery shoppers' "recession panic" is receding as Waitrose, famed for its emphasis on quality, powers ahead, while the...

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