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  1. July 15, 2014

    Whitbread hires Richard Baker as chairman

    Costa Coffee and Premier Inn-owner Whitbread has appointed former Alliance Boots chief executive Richard Baker as its new...

  2. May 29, 2014

    Kingfisher: drill down

    Get out the cross cut saw and the combi drill. There is work to do. Return on capital at DIY retailer Kingfisher was just...

  1. May 29, 2014

    Rickety pricing strategy shakes Kingfisher

    The chief executive of Kingfisher said its B&Q DIY chain discounted “too much” in the first quarter after a drop in margin...

  2. April 3, 2014

    Kingfisher in talks to buy French rival Mr Bricolage

    Kingfisher, the DIY chain with operations in the UK and France, is in talks to acquire Mr Bricolage, a French rival, for...

  3. March 25, 2014

    Kingfisher seeks partner for struggling Chinese business

    DIY chain Kingfisher is to return £200m to shareholders this year and seek a partner for its struggling Chinese business....

  4. March 12, 2014

    Kingfisher rises amid hopes it will sell lossmaking China stores

    After 13 years of losses, could Kingfisher be ready to abandon China? Kingfisher rose 1 per cent to 402.9p on Wednesday amid...

  5. The World

    January 23, 2014

    Davos thought: The sharing economy and tax

    (c) Getty Images There was a very interesting session this morning on the “sharing economy” focused on the consequences of...

  6. November 28, 2013

    France woes hurt Kingfisher

    Shares in Kingfisher fell more than 4 per cent after the DIY retailer warned of difficult conditions in France. French sales...

  7. October 15, 2013

    David Cameron to urge Brussels on pace of market reform

    Brussels needs to accelerate market deregulation, David Cameron will argue on Tuesday as the prime minister endorses reforms...

  8. October 11, 2013

    Kingfisher revamps B&Q’s top management

    Kingfisher has shaken up the management of its B&Q chain, parting company with the chief executive of the UK arm of the DIY...

  9. September 11, 2013

    Kingfisher cautions on UK recovery claims

    Kingfisher, the DIY retailer, said it was too early to call a recovery in the UK economy, although there were some signs of...

  10. July 24, 2013

    Fall in number of failed stores points to retail improvement

    Signs of improvement in Britain’s consumer sector emerged on Wednesday as the number of retail units in administration at...

  11. May 31, 2013

    High street retailers seek tax reform

    Big retailers are stepping up pressure on the UK government to address what some regard as the unfair tax burden on the high...

  12. May 30, 2013

    Kingfisher blames cold Easter for drop in revenue

    Kingfisher has blamed Europe’s unseasonably cold Easter period for a fall in first-quarter sales, as freezing temperatures...

  13. March 26, 2013

    Kingfisher: wallpapering over

    A well-established theory says that when an economy is ailing and the housing market is stagnant, homeowners stop trading...

  14. March 26, 2013

    Kingfisher suffers from cold snap

    Wet weather last summer contributed to the first fall in Kingfisher’s annual profits for five years – and the DIY chain is...

  15. December 19, 2012

    Co-op poaches new chief from Kingfisher

    The Co-operative Group has appointed Euan Sutherland, a retail and consumer goods specialist with no financial services...

  16. November 29, 2012

    Kingfisher suffers earnings fall

    Kingfisher, the owner of the B&Q home improvement chain, reported a 5.9 per cent drop in third-quarter earnings before...

  17. September 12, 2012

    Cummings’ thought crime was unwarranted optimism

    Former HBOS executive Peter Cummings has accused the Financial Services Authority of “Orwellian process” after it fined him...

  18. September 12, 2012

    Wet summer damps Kingfisher profits

    Kingfisher, the owner of the B&Q home improvement chain, blamed a rain-soaked summer and unhelpful exchange rates for a more...

  19. August 24, 2012

    BRC to name its director-general

    The British Retail Consortium, the trade body for store groups, will on Friday name Helen Dickinson, the head of retail at...

  20. July 19, 2012

    Poor summer rains on UK company margins

    After weeks of rain and widespread flooding, the UK’s miserable summer claimed more victims on Thursday as companies blamed...

  21. April 6, 2012

    Warm weather helps the high street

    The warm weather in March may have contributed to this month’s hose pipe ban but it provided a fillip for the beleaguered...

  22. March 22, 2012

    Providence averts fall of House of O’Reilly

    Clogs to clogs in three generations? That dismissal of dynastic business ambition does not quite apply to tycoon Sir Anthony...

  23. March 22, 2012

    Kingfisher to downsize some stores

    Kingfisher says it could shrink some of its “big box” B&Q stores as more of its sales move on to the internet. Ian Cheshire,...

  24. February 16, 2012

    Kingfisher’s top job on agenda after shake-up

    A reshuffle of management at Kingfisher has sparked speculation that the DIY retailer has begun the race to find a successor...

  25. December 1, 2011

    Moralist Merv reproves ratio riggers with Dexia’s fate

    Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King – whose resemblance to a stern Victorian papa grows daily – is using cautionary...

  26. December 1, 2011

    Warmer weather boosts profits at Kingfisher

    The warmer autumn weather boosted sales at Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer, which reported a 13 per cent increase...

  27. November 6, 2011

    Kingfisher to renovate Chinese DIY business

    Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer which owns the B&Q and Castorama chains, is poised to reshape its Chinese business...

  28. September 15, 2011

    Kingfisher: doing-it-itself

    Tough economic times usually encourage homeowners to renovate their properties rather than move. But even the keenest DIY...

  29. September 15, 2011

    Kingfisher resorts to ‘self help’ in slowing market

    Kingfisher, the do-it-yourself retailer, says it will create more than 1,200 new jobs across the UK this year despite the...

  30. September 13, 2011

    Kingfisher plans Russian expansion

    Kingfisher, the home improvement group behind the B&Q and Castorama brands, has announced plans to invest £115m ($182m) in...

  31. July 21, 2011

    Focus failure holds back Kingfisher sales

    The collapse of rival Focus this year held back growth at Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvements retailer, after the...

  32. June 16, 2011

    Screwfix leads web order race

    Kingfisher chief Ian Cheshire is competing with the fashion set when it comes to speedy internet deliveries. Last month,...

  33. May 25, 2011

    In between flower show hedges

    Many of the corporate directors gathered to listen to a breakfast talk given by Lord Sharman on Tuesday seemed a bit...

  34. March 25, 2011

    Kingfisher details growth targets

    Shares in Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q and European DIY chain Castorama, rose 7 per cent on Thursday after management...

  35. February 18, 2011

    Winters lands in bay of plenty

    Former JPMorgan Chase executive Bill Winters, who has set up his new fund management venture Renshaw Bay, has not had to...

  36. February 17, 2011

    Kingfisher grows overseas amid static UK

    Kingfisher, the owner of home improvement retailers B&Q and Screwfix, reported encouraging international growth in its final...

  37. January 31, 2011

    Never waste the lessons of a recession

    It’s the dilemma of every successful slimmer: pounds lighter but faint with hunger, should you tiptoe towards the inviting...

  38. January 28, 2011

    Clarke rings in changes at Tesco

    Incoming Tesco chief Philip Clarke has named seven new members of the retailer’s executive committee, the latest in a raft...

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