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  1. June 18, 2014

    David Jones A$2.2bn takeover in doubt

    South African retailer Woolworths’ A$2.2bn (US$2bn) agreed takeover of David Jones has been thrown into doubt following the...

  2. April 23, 2014

    Woolworths preaches power of size following David Jones deal

    When Woolworths unveiled plans to splash out A$2.14bn on Australia’s David Jones this month, it touted the deal as one that...

  1. April 9, 2014

    Woolworths wins retail battle for David Jones with A$2.15bn offer

    David Jones has agreed a A$2.15bn (US$2bn) takeover by South African retailer Woolworths, which trumps a merger approach...

  2. October 31, 2013

    Dunelm founder Bill Adderley takes 3% stake in M&S

    Bill Adderley, the billionaire founder of home furnishings retailer Dunelm, has spent £244m snapping up a 3 per cent stake...

  3. 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...

  4. June 11, 2013

    Australian IVF group Virtus gains 9% on debut

    The largest initial public offering of an in vitro fertilisation services company to date produced a strong first day’s...

  5. April 22, 2013

    Lombard: PwC’s grounds to feel anxious

    You can see why PwC might feel nervous about Bumi, the Indonesian coal miner and FTSE 250 constituent. The accountant signed...

  6. 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...

  7. January 15, 2013

    HMV loss will hurt industry, analysts say

    HMV’s disappearance from the high street would have an irreversible negative impact on the entertainment industry, analysts...

  8. January 15, 2013

    Blood on high street as UK chains fold

    The demise of HMV adds another household name to a lengthening list of British retail casualties to have succumbed since the...

  9. January 14, 2013

    HMV calls in the administrators

    HMV is to go into administration, delivering a further blow to Britain’s embattled high streets after suppliers refused a...

  10. December 23, 2012

    Arcane ways can cause Christmas crises

    As so many know after a family Christmas, the season of goodwill can also be a time of discord. This is true in business...

  11. December 3, 2012

    Elizabeth Price scoops Turner Prize

    The Turner Prize has been awarded to Elizabeth Price for a “rhythmic and ritualistic” film linking Gothic architecture, a...

  12. December 3, 2012

    Sir Terry Leahy joins B&M as chairman

    Sir Terry Leahy is taking his first senior job in retail since standing down as Tesco chief executive last year, joining the...

  13. November 18, 2012

    The Entertainer to franchise stores abroad

    The Entertainer is looking to build on its success as the UK’s largest independent toy retailer by opening shops in central...

  14. October 11, 2012

    ‘I chose retail but father said it’s accountancy for you, son’

    For any insolvency practitioner, the years since 2008 have been busy. But for Neville Kahn, they have been busier. In a...

  15. October 5, 2012

    Commodity shares lift Asian stock markets

    Asian shares advanced on Friday as commodity producers gained ground on hopes that recent stimulus efforts will feed through...

  16. September 16, 2012

    Former M&S top man keeps himself busy

    Sir Stuart Rose may no longer be at the helm of a household name – Marks and Spencer – but he is far from idle. After an...

  17. August 6, 2012

    Retailers wake up to Africa’s promise

    When Taiwo Animashaun, who works at Tastee Fried Chicken in Lagos, needed a new hotplate, she decided to try the plush Ikeja...

  18. July 30, 2012

    Walmart fast-tracks director’s appointment

    Walmart has fast-tracked the appointment of a new director, Tim Flynn, a former chairman of accounting firm KPMG, as the...

  19. July 2, 2012

    Sindy owner seeks partner for comeback

    Fun-loving girl, likes ice-skating, dancing, showjumping and even holidaying in a caravan, would like to meet serious...

  20. April 1, 2012

    OpCapita to rescue Game Group UK stores

    The British assets of Game Group are to be bought out of administration by OpCapita, the private investment firm, in a deal...

  21. 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...

  22. March 27, 2012

    Ten Questions - Lynne Berry

    Lynne Berry is a visiting senior fellow at City University Cass Business School in London, linking the corporate and...

  23. March 26, 2012

    Game Group enters administration

    Nearly half of Game Group’s 610 UK stores are to close, with more than 2,000 jobs being lost, after the video games retailer...

  24. 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...

  25. March 16, 2012

    Clothes brand Firetrap enters administration

    Six stores owned by Firetrap are closing after the young fashion brand went into administration. Firetrap’s wholesale...

  26. February 19, 2012

    Employers press to cut redundancy period

    Business groups have provoked trade union anger by proposing to relax requirements to consult staff about redundancies as...

  27. February 7, 2012

    Retailers find things grim up north

    Insolvencies in the UK retail sector pushed average high street vacancy rates up to 14.5 per cent in January, with many...

  28. 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...

  29. beyondbrics

    January 25, 2012

    S African stocks: record highs - if you're a local investor

    There has been little to cheer about on world financial markets in recent months but in the past week South African equities...

  30. January 20, 2012

    Shares in HMV soar on £180m debt deal

    HMV looks set to survive the turbulent conditions on the high street after striking a deal with its banks to waive covenants...

  31. January 18, 2012

    Hopes dashed for Peacocks rescue deal

    Peacocks, the heavily indebted value fashion chain, has fallen into administration, putting almost 10,000 jobs at risk in...

  32. 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...

  33. January 5, 2012

    Australia leads Asia lower on growth fears

    Australia led Asian stock markets lower on weaker trade and services industry figures, while China hit a 34-month closing...

  34. November 29, 2011

    Barriers to trade: Lack of harmony on road to smooth cross-border trade

    Tourists gazing at the azure horizon of Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast are disturbed by a long line of ships lit up like...

  35. November 29, 2011

    Retail: Discerning consumers are attractive prospect

    On her regular fortnightly shop in Tanzania’s biggest shopping mall, Anita Mtisi disdains Colgate for local-brand...

  36. beyondbrics

    September 13, 2011

    Woolworths joins African retail rush

    It is probably too early to call it the next “Scramble for Africa” but it seems like one retailer after another is...

  37. August 29, 2011

    Credit insurers keep a close watch on tills

    With little hope of a meaningful recovery in consumer spending, retailers’ balance sheets are coming under increased...

  38. July 4, 2011

    Landlords’ woe as retailers collapse

    Landlords of shops affected by the recent wave of retail insolvencies stand to lose nearly £400m in forfeited rent payments,...

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