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    1. September 30, 2014

      UK is a land of liberté, égalité and opportunity for French execs

      The cliché spouted by some middle-class Britons is that they love France but don’t like the French. The opposite applies in...

    2. September 19, 2014

      Asda pledges same prices from Perth to Portsmouth

      Shoppers in Perth will continue to pay the same price as those in Portsmouth pledged Asda, the British retail group that is...

    1. September 14, 2014

      Sir Ian Cheshire rejects offer of top Whitehall job

      Sir Ian Cheshire has become the latest senior business person to reject an approach to become the chief executive of...

    2. September 10, 2014

      Laury has work cut out as Kingfisher chief

      Sir Ian Cheshire, outgoing chief executive of Kingfisher, describes the day he became chief executive in 2008 as “a bit...

    3. September 10, 2014

      Véronique Laury unexpected choice for Kingfisher crown

      Véronique Laury has hands-on experience for her new job at Kingfisher. She has renovated two houses in northern France, and...

    4. FT Alphaville

      September 10, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Scottish currency union, the unilateral Montenegro option: Izzy wonders why would any...

    5. September 10, 2014

      Kingfisher king Sir Ian Cheshire hands over the crown

      The appointment of Sir Ian Cheshire as boss of Kingfisher in 2008 put the softly spoken, mild-mannered, all-round “nice guy”...

    6. September 10, 2014

      Lord Hill must not squander Juncker’s peace offering

      A friend of Lord Hill describes him as “upwardly mobile at great speed”. That is a polite way of saying that, like David...

    7. September 10, 2014

      Kingfisher tops weak FTSE 100

      Kingfisher topped a weaker FTSE 100 on Wednesday, heading only a handful of stronger stocks after its profits narrowly beat...

    8. September 10, 2014

      Véronique Laury to take over as Kingfisher chief executive

      A fifth FTSE 100 company is set to be headed by a woman after Sir Ian Cheshire announced he was stepping down as chief...

    9. July 24, 2014

      Kingfisher sales slip on World Cup and Europe woes

      Shares in DIY retailer Kingfisher fell more than 7 per cent on Thursday after a drop in second-quarter sales, partly driven...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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....

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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