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  1. August 16, 2013

    Pitfalls of being neither one thing nor the other

    Being described as “neither one thing nor the other” is seldom a compliment. It is more redolent of mild derision. Winston...

  2. March 31, 2013

    Rates push small retailers off high streets

    In the affluent London suburb of Clapham, where three-bedroom houses go for close to £1m without much trouble, a forlorn...

  1. February 21, 2013

    Home Bargains grasps UK high street shift

    Home Bargains’ strap line is “Top Brands, Bottom Prices”. But operations director Joe Morris has unwittingly coined another...

  2. March 30, 2012

    Troubled Game Group nears rescue deal

    There is fresh hope for Game Group this weekend, with the troubled video games retailer close to a rescue deal. Three people...

  3. March 21, 2012

    Game Group heads for administration

    Game Group is poised to go into administration after the video-game retailer’s board concluded that there was “no equity...

  4. January 25, 2012

    Discounters and supermarkets eye Peacocks stores

    Discount retailers and supermarkets are eyeing Peacocks’ 563-store portfolio in case administrators fail to find a buyer for...

  5. January 8, 2012

    UK retail sector set to shrink further

    The anticipated pre-pack administration of Blacks Leisure on Monday will mark the 26th retailer to exit the London Stock...

  6. July 29, 2011

    People: Dual role for Bell in DB’s UK push

    Most eyes have been trained at the top of Deutsche Bank this week, but changes are also afoot in the UK investment banking...

  7. March 5, 2011

    Alworths heads for change of ownership

    Alworths, the “new Woolworths” that rose from the remnants of the defunct variety retailer, is reportedly undergoing a...

  8. January 19, 2011

    Bookies odds-on for high street exposure

    High street shopping in the UK has entered a steep decline, with national average vacancy rates set to surpass 15 per cent...

  9. June 21, 2010

    Photo-Me fined £500,000 by FSA

    Photo-Me International, the photo booth operator, has been fined £500,000 for failing to tell the market promptly that its...

  10. June 7, 2010

    Growth in frozen food sales lift Iceland

    The popularity of frozen food and the acquisition of former Woolworths stores have boosted profits at Iceland Foods Group,...

  11. May 3, 2010

    Warburg Pincus acquires Poundland

    In for a penny: the US-based private equity group is confident that discount retailer Poundland will continue to thrive...

  12. March 26, 2010

    Strategic change as HMV looks to future

    Shares in HMV rose 10 per cent after the music and books retailer said it was going to start selling technology, fashion and...

  13. March 10, 2010

    What a waste

    Shanks Group made a bold play when it met an unsolicited approach from Carlyle last year by naming its price - 150p - and...

  14. February 19, 2010

    High street costs need a close look

    Retailers fared much better in 2009 than anyone would have imagined when the British economy fell into recession.After a...

  15. February 10, 2010

    Getting to grips with ‘going concern’ queries

    Just as politicians fear that unemployment will rise after the technical end of the recession, accountants have warned that...

  16. February 9, 2010

    Company of the Year

    Chemring Group Revenues for Chemring, which supplies flares, decoys and other countermeasures to the military, rose from...

  17. January 21, 2010

    UK food retailers

    A merry Christmas to us all. For the UK’s four biggest grocers, the festive season was wonderful: like-for-like sales growth...

  18. January 7, 2010

    The fight to be Woolworths' heir

    Just over a year ago, Claire Robertson took the biggest gamble of her career. As manager at a branch of Woolworths, which...

  19. January 6, 2010

    The fight to be Woolworths’ heir

    Just over a year ago, Claire Robertson (above) took the biggest gamble of her career. As manager at a branch of Woolworths,...

  20. December 23, 2009

    Insolvency pay-outs at record levels

    Trade credit insurers have paid out a record high amount of claims, reflecting the peak of high-profile insolvencies seen at...

  21. December 7, 2009

    HMV expected to record smaller loss

    The collapse of Borders UK was the latest in a string of exits from the specialist entertainment retail market, with Zavvi ,...

  22. November 21, 2009

    Discounters in a rush to grab Woolies inheritance

    When Hussein Lalani, cofounder of 99p Stores, the discount retailer, heard Woolworths had entered administration a year ago...

  23. October 30, 2009

    Warning shot fired at Alworths

    The Barclay Brothers-owned Shop Direct Group, which bought the rights to use the Woolworths name, has fired a warning shot...

  24. October 30, 2009

    Warning shot fired at Alworths

    The Barclay Brothers-owned Shop Direct Group, which bought the rights to use the Woolworths name, has fired a warning shot...

  25. October 20, 2009

    Supply chain financing: Old and new tools sought to guarantee transactions

    Supply chains are notoriously difficult to negotiate. From the moment goods are ordered to the moment they are paid for,...

  26. October 11, 2009

    Investors support JJB £100m funding

    Key investors in JJB Sports‘ proposed £100m fundraising expect it to be completed in the next few days unless the retailer’s...

  27. October 2, 2009

    UK retail: Pockets of affluence help lift gloom

    After the turmoil in the retail property market in late 2008 and early 2009 – when a string of high profile names such as...

  28. September 28, 2009

    Stores plan raises curtain

    There is not much soft about the soft-furnishings market. The sector has already seen the demise of some well-known names,...

  29. September 1, 2009

    5,000 retailers ‘could go bust next year’

    More than 5,000 retailers and wholesalers could go bust next year, according to research from an accountancy firm. The...

  30. July 13, 2009

    Rough Trade to set up shop in Topman stores

    Sir Philip Green's Arcadia Group, the UK's biggest privately owned fashion retailer, will introduce music sales to its high...

  31. July 13, 2009

    Rough Trade to set up shop in Topman stores

    Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group, the UK’s biggest privately owned fashion retailer, will introduce music sales to its high...

  32. July 10, 2009

    Business reminded of archive ‘secret weapon’

    British business must act now to preserve its corporate heritage or risk losing it through neglect or the maelstrom of the...

  33. June 25, 2009

    Why Woolies won't click

    The new standalone online Woolworths has a better chance of success than the stores themselves did in their latter years,...

  34. June 25, 2009

    Woolworths turns into click n' mix

    From pick n' mix to click n' mix; Woolworths will today be given the chance of a second life online. The 100-year old high...

  35. June 25, 2009

    Woolworths turns into click n’ mix

    From pick n’ mix to click n’ mix; Woolworths will today be given the chance of a second life online. The 100-year old high...

  36. June 22, 2009

    Help at hand for those in need

    The collapse last autumn of Lehman Brothers, the US investment bank, set off a chain reaction that shook the foundations of...

  37. June 11, 2009

    Woolworths deal with BBC in court

    The BBC’s commercial arm and the administrator of F.W. Woolworth, the failed retail group, will appear before a High Court...

  38. June 9, 2009

    Arcandor / Thomas Cook

    Germany has had its Woolworths moment. Arcandor’s insolvency throws 50,000 retail-related jobs into the air, and starts the...

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