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  1. April 10, 2014

    Mothercare fights back with sales rebound after torrid Christmas

    Shares in Mothercare rallied more than 14 per cent after the babywear and buggy retailer put a torrid Christmas behind it...

  2. February 24, 2014

    Defeat in price war seals Calver’s fate

    Simon Calver is to step down as Mothercare chief executive just two years into the job, after dismal Christmas trading...

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  1. London and the World 2013

    With the capital’s population predicted to soar to 10m by 2031 and challenges from riv...
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  1. December 18, 2013

    French electricals group Darty lifted by turnround strategy

    Shares in Darty rallied 5 per cent as the London-listed French electricals group started to reap the benefit from its...

  2. December 4, 2013

    Advertising: London’s unique selling point

    London’s prowess in financial services has often masked its formidable strengths in other sectors – not least the creative...

  3. October 9, 2013

    The Commitments, Palace Theatre, London – review

    Ever since Roddy Doyle wrote The Commitments in 1987 and Alan Parker filmed it in 1991, we’ve been waiting for the stage...

  4. June 28, 2013

    UK directors’ deals: Darty, Signet, Aseana and TalkTalk

    Electrical retailer Darty continues its emergence from the ashes of Comet. The collapsed UK retailer was eventually sold for...

  5. May 22, 2013

    Mothercare revival tested by tough target

    Based on its share price alone, the turnround at Mothercare has been a roaring success. Shares in the ailing retailer have...

  6. April 4, 2013

    Lombard: Good case for trio’s censure

    Who killed Cock Robin? A parliamentary report on the near-collapse of Halifax Bank of Scotland pins much of the blame on...

  7. February 22, 2013

    Knight Vinke wins Darty board seat

    Darty has bowed to demands from activist investor Knight Vinke for a seat on its board, appointing its chief executive Eric...

  8. September 13, 2012

    Darty investors rebel despite resignation

    The resignation of Thierry Falque-Pierrotin as chief executive of Darty has failed to prevent a shareholder backlash at the...

  9. August 9, 2012

    Darty devises turnround with Knight Vinke

    Darty, the electricals retailer formerly known as Kesa, is to work with Knight Vinke, the activist investor, to devise a new...

  10. July 19, 2012

    Mothercare suffers new revenue dip

    Mothercare, the mother and baby goods retailer, suffered a fresh downturn in revenues in the past three months, as it closed...

  11. June 20, 2012

    Tough sentences prove City well-policed

    According to one corporate fraud investigator, around 10 per cent of us are entirely honest, 10 per cent completely...

  12. June 20, 2012

    Kesa falls to loss and changes name

    Kesa Electricals, the electrical retailer that sold its UK operations for £2, is to change its name to Darty after falling...

  13. April 12, 2012

    Mothercare halts dividend to fund revival

    Mothercare suspended dividend payments and announced a refinancing of its bank borrowings on Thursday as it confirmed that...

  14. April 3, 2012

    Whitbread finance chief to head up Costa

    Whitbread stoked analyst chatter of a demerger of Costa by appointing group finance director Christopher Rogers to head the...

  15. March 27, 2012

    Mothercare to step up store closures

    Mothercare is poised to accelerate its store closure programme in the UK as the baby goods retailer strives to revive its...

  16. March 23, 2012

    Interview: Sir Alan Parker

    Sir Alan Parker doesn’t like it if you don’t acknowledge the fact that he has been knighted. “I’m not in the Sir Ben...

  17. February 8, 2012

    New boss must nurse Mothercare to health

    Mothercare’s incoming chief executive has impressive online and international credentials, but there is one thing Simon...

  18. February 8, 2012

    Mothercare names Lovefilm boss as chief

    Mothercare has made the surprise appointment of Simon Calver, chief executive of Lovefilm, to turn round the babycare...

  19. January 13, 2012

    UK retailers count the cost of Christmas

    Christmas could not have come early enough for many of the UK’s struggling retailers, who hoped the Yuletide period would...

  20. January 12, 2012

    Christmas fails to lift UK retailers’ mood for 2012

    Christmas came late to the high street, with a slew of trading statements on Thursday showing that after sluggish autumn...

  21. November 17, 2011

    Weak UK sales drag down Mothercare

    Shares in Mothercare fell nearly 18 per cent on Thursday after the babycare products retailer reported pre-tax losses of...

  22. October 11, 2011

    Alan Parker shows he’s the daddy at Mothercare

    For the resigning chief executive, an accompanying stock price rally must be like getting a leaving card from investors...

  23. August 2, 2011

    Mothercare appoints new chairman

    Mothercare, the baby goods retailer, has appointed former Whitbread chief executive Alan Parker as its new chairman. Mr...

  24. July 4, 2011

    Brunswick to release equity for partners

    Brunswick, the public relations company co-founded by Alan Parker more than two decades ago, is preparing to change its...

  25. November 13, 2010

    Premier Parker

    The Marriott in County Hall, the venue for Whitbread boss Alan Parker’s leaving bash, took him down memory lane. Mr Parker –...

  26. October 19, 2010

    Whitbread thrives in coffee shops and hotels

    Grinding beans: the group believes UK customers will seek out ‘everyday affordable treats’ from Costa Coffee Alan Parker...

  27. October 19, 2010

    Whitbread profits surge to £150m

    As the UK’s consumer-facing businesses brace for the government’s spending review, Whitbread, the hotel and coffee chain...

  28. October 19, 2010

    Parker farewell

    Perhaps it was the absence of the house broker who was on holiday, or maybe the analysts were keeping their powder dry ahead...

  29. October 12, 2010

    Challenges brew for Punch and Whitbread

    A former Marks and Spencer finance director has to be pretty handy with a spreadsheet, but still the mind boggles at the...

  30. September 7, 2010

    Whitbread on course to meet profit expectations

    Interim results from Whitbread have highlighted that UK consumers are reluctant to relinquish small luxuries such as a...

  31. June 28, 2010

    Rise in work intensity putting staff under strain, study finds

    Employees are feeling the strain because work has become more intense while people's control over how they do their jobs has...

  32. June 28, 2010

    Employees feel strain of rise in work intensity

    Employees are feeling the strain because work has become more intense while people’s control over how they do their jobs has...

  33. June 23, 2010

    Whitbread to maintain hotel price war

    The hotel price war that broke out last summer is expected to continue to the end of this year after Whitbread said it had...

  34. June 22, 2010

    Whitbread to maintain hotel price war

    Entry points: Whitbread will extend its promotion at Premier Inn until at least the end of the year The hotel price war that...

  35. June 19, 2010

    M&S aims to settle on next chairman by September

    Marks and Spencer is unlikely to be in a position to name its next chairman by its target date of July's annual meeting.The...

  36. June 18, 2010

    M&S unlikely to name next chairman before AGM

    Marks and Spencer is unlikely to be in a position to name its next chairman by its target date of July’s general meeting.The...

  37. May 22, 2010

    Carr off shortlist for M&S chair

    Roger Carr, the former chairman of Cadbury, has ruled himself out of the running to become chairman of Marks and Spencer,...

  38. May 21, 2010

    Carr off shortlist for M&S chair

    Roger Carr, the former chairman of Cadbury, has ruled himself out of the running to become chairman of Marks and Spencer,...

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