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    1. August 25, 2016

      Australian grocery sector grapples with discounters

      The rapid incursion of Aldi into Australia’s A$100bn supermarkets and groceries sector has exposed problems at its...

    2. Fast FT

      August 25, 2016

      Woolworths posts first annual loss, shares surge

      Clean up on aisle … err, all of them. Woolworths has a substantial task ahead as it embarks on a turnround following...

    1. August 24, 2016

      Australian food retail: no more goodwill

      Investment success is as much about avoiding losers as picking winners. Australia’s supermarket operators, Wesfarmers...

    2. Fast FT

      August 24, 2016

      Woolworths shuts down DIY dalliance, sells property

      It is officially the end of an embarrassing era for Woolworths, the Australian supermarket giant, as it finally...

    3. Fast FT

      August 24, 2016

      Impairments hand Wesfarmers lowest profit in 14 years

      Asset impairments have handed Wesfarmers its worst bottom-line result in more than a decade, as the Australian...

    4. Fast FT

      July 26, 2016

      Aldi's expansion credit negative for incumbent Aussie supermarkets: Moody's

      Australia’s incumbent supermarket operators are coming under increasing pressure as Aldi increases market share. That’s...

    5. June 6, 2016

      BHS the exception as administrations fall

      When two of the oldest names on the UK high street — BHS and Austin Reed — collapsed into administration in the space...

    6. June 3, 2016

      BHS: winners and losers

      Few events elicit nostalgia from Britain’s chattering classes like the decline of high-street chains they never...

    7. Fast FT

      June 2, 2016

      BHS to be wound down

      The battle to save BHS has ended in failure, after administrators concluded no buyer could be found and told 11,000...

    8. May 31, 2016

      RIT may be too short in character to be Alliance’s partner

      “Problems have a habit of creating opportunities,” said Jacob, fourth baron Rothschild and chairman of RIT Capital...

    9. 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...

    10. Fast FT

      February 26, 2016

      Woolworths shares' 10.3% move among biggest on record

      Strewth, it’s almost as if China’s “national team” is out buying Woolworths shares, as the Australian supermarket...

    11. Fast FT

      January 18, 2016

      Checking out: Woolworths and Wesfarmers diverge

      Within the space of two minutes, quite a lot happened in Australian retailing today. Wesfarmers, the Perth-based...

    12. January 18, 2016

      Wesfarmers agrees £340m Homebase purchase

      Australian retail-to-coal mining conglomerate Wesfarmers has agreed to buy Homebase for £340m in a deal expected to...

    13. Fast FT

      January 14, 2016

      Home Retail shares jump on plan to sell Homebase

      Home Retail Group shares have jumped 3 per cent in London to £1.54 after it announced it was in advanced talks to sell...

    14. January 6, 2016

      CD sales in the UK more resilient than downloads

      The death of the CD has been greatly exaggerated. CD sales in the UK fell at the slowest rate in a decade last year,...

    15. November 13, 2015

      ‘Coventry: Thursday, 14 November 1940’, by Frederick Taylor

      On the night of 14 November 1940, a teenage civil defence messenger witnessed the grim con­sequences of the Luftwaffe’s...

    16. October 29, 2015

      Treasury yields climb on Fed rate outlook

      Thursday 20:00 GMT. US Treasury yields climbed to their highest in a month and the dollar held within sight of its best...

    17. September 1, 2015

      Australia: ’roo the day

      No worries? Treasury secretary Joe Hockey says the Australian economy — recession-free for a quarter of a century —...

    18. June 17, 2015

      Foreign competitors sour Australian grocery sector

      Australia’s supermarket wars have claimed a big victim with Grant O’Brien, the chief executive of Woolworths, stepping...

    19. June 4, 2015

      Simple questions need correct answers

      How do you make money? Not in the speculative or theoretical sense: I mean, how does your business make money? A...

    20. February 27, 2015

      Stocks steady after strong month

      Friday 21:00 GMT. Global equities held near cyclical highs at the end of a week in which the main focus for the markets...

    21. February 5, 2015

      Reversal of UK collective redundancy law likely

      The law on collective redundancies in the UK looks likely to revert to the more employer-friendly version that existed...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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....

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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,...

    31. January 15, 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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