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    1. January 12, 2012

      Accountancy: Employers searching for specific skills

      The scope for accountants to develop their careers continues to broaden and the market for jobs remains fluid. This, coupled...

    2. December 16, 2011

      Punch weighed down by sales in North

      Poor sales in pubs in the north have weighed on trading at Punch Taverns. Like-for-like net income in Punch’s core estate of...

    1. October 20, 2011

      Punch highlights debt cut as profits fall £14m

      Punch Taverns reported a £14m fall in full-year pre-tax profits but sought to focus investors’ attention on its efforts to...

    2. FT Alphaville

      October 20, 2011

      Snap news

      Breaking pre-market news on Thursday, - Dexia confirms Dexia Bank Belgium nationalisation, agrees terms on sale of municipal...

    3. FT Alphaville

      September 26, 2011

      Weekend catch-up

      Weekend headlines from the FT and other UK media:* From The FT, - Asda, Lidl, Ocado and George Osborne: the list of those...

    4. September 25, 2011

      Dyson poised to quit as Spirit chief

      Ian Dyson, the chief executive of Spirit, the managed pub operator that demerged from Punch Taverns this year, is preparing...

    5. September 15, 2011

      UBS trader Adoboli held over $2bn loss

      UBS has become the latest bank to experience a rogue trading scandal as it revealed that a 31-year-old trader had been...

    6. September 12, 2011

      Gallagher takes on Spirit finance role

      Spirit, the managed pub operator that demerged from Punch Taverns this year, has appointed Paddy Gallagher as finance...

    7. September 1, 2011

      Food sales help Spirit through dry patch

      This summer proved a difficult one for beer sales at both the companies created last month by the demerger of Punch Taverns....

    8. August 2, 2011

      Punch and Spirit raise a glass

      The Punch and Spirit pub groups began their life as separate companies in rocky trading on Monday, but together delivered a...

    9. July 7, 2011

      Punch Taverns sets date for spin-off

      Punch Taverns has confirmed that the spin-off of its managed estate from its highly indebted tenanted pubs business will...

    10. June 8, 2011

      Southern Cross’s New Horizon smacks of scorched earth

      Whimsical northern man of letters Alan Bennett has filed this dispatch* from a home run by financially troubled care...

    11. June 8, 2011

      Finance chief quits Punch managed pubs unit

      The finance director of Punch Taverns’ managed pubs division, Spirit, has left the company just two weeks after he started...

    12. May 15, 2011

      Finance directors step on to centre stage

      It has been a season to put a spring in the step of finance directors. Within a couple of months earlier this year, no fewer...

    13. May 11, 2011

      Blue glow at Paternoster Square

      There was mild bemusement at the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday when chancellor George Osborne launched its new daily...

    14. May 3, 2011

      Punch Taverns gauges coverage after split

      Punch Taverns is sounding out equity analysts as to whether they will cover the highly indebted tenanted pub company...

    15. April 12, 2011

      Punch cuts value of 2,400 pubs ahead of split

      Punch Taverns has cut the book value of 2,400 of its least profitable pubs, pushing it to a £350.7m loss for the first half....

    16. April 9, 2011

      Dyson in the spirit at Punch

      The drinks are on Punch Taverns’ Ian Dyson, as the recently installed boss works out who will get what tipple in the...

    17. March 25, 2011

      Punch plans to recoup losses with pubs sale

      The Bridge Inn pub, a former Salvation Army headquarters next to a roundabout in Liverpool’s Norris Green neighbourhood, has...

    18. March 25, 2011

      Investors seek debt swap instead of sell-off

      Bondholders to Punch Taverns’ struggling tenanted pub business are seeking ways to fight their corner in the wake of this...

    19. March 23, 2011

      Mamut moves closer to HMV

      Following last month’s excitement about Alexander Mamut’s hiring of Credit Suisse as an adviser, the Russian oligarch is a...

    20. March 22, 2011

      Punch moves to spin off ‘good’ pub estate

      Punch Taverns was a tale of two pub companies long before Ian Dyson, its chief executive, suggested that the condition be...

    21. March 22, 2011

      Dyson frees the Spirit, leaving creditors Punch-drunk

      Synergies are a wonderfully elastic justification for corporate strategy. Ian Dyson, chief executive of Punch Taverns, has...

    22. March 22, 2011

      Punch bondholders attack spinoff plans

      Key holders of bonds in Punch Taverns have reacted angrily to plans by the debt-laden pub group to spin off its managed pubs...

    23. FT Alphaville

      March 22, 2011

      The Ian Dyson detox plan

      Punch Taverns — aka the Toxic Pub Company — won’t be handing back the keys to its troubled tenanted inns after all. Chief...

    24. March 18, 2011

      Punch bondholders eye ‘potential default’ plan

      Bondholders in Punch Taverns are preparing for a potential default by the pub company on debt backed by more than 5,000...

    25. March 11, 2011

      For whom the bell tolls

      News that the London Stock Exchange is to mimic the NYSE and Nasdaq with the introduction of an opening bell ceremony raises...

    26. March 10, 2011

      Punch shares rise on surprise results

      Shares in Punch Taverns rose 6 per cent after the embattled pub group reported better than expected quarterly growth at its...

    27. February 18, 2011

      Punch lenders hold pub talks

      Representatives of lenders to Punch Taverns have held initial discussions with potential new operators for the company’s...

    28. December 27, 2010

      Adviser chosen by Punch investors

      A group of Punch Taverns bondholders has selected Rothschild as an adviser for future talks with the highly indebted pub...

    29. December 19, 2010

      Punch bondholders get advice

      Bondholders are considering their options in the event the pub company calls for debt restructuring talks Bondholders of...

    30. December 17, 2010

      Punch fights back against the cold

      Shares in Punch Taverns rose as much as 13 per cent on Friday after reporting “improved trading momentum” across its estate....

    31. December 10, 2010

      Time for Punch to restructure draws closer

      When Ian Dyson began his new job as chief executive of Punch Taverns in September, it might have seemed his main task was to...

    32. November 17, 2010

      Calling time

      It has been a tumultuous year for pub groups where many behind the bar have called time. It started with upheaval at...

    33. October 12, 2010

      New broom takes his time at Punch

      It is difficult to conjure up a clean slate when talking about Punch Taverns, the 6,700-strong pub company that became a...

    34. 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...

    35. October 12, 2010

      New Punch chief promises further pub sales

      Ian Dyson, the new chief executive of Punch Taverns, has promised a comprehensive review of the heavily indebted pub group’s...

    36. October 4, 2010

      National Grid picks ex-Cadbury finance director

      Andrew Bonfield, Cadbury’s chief financial officer at the time of its takeover by Kraft, will join National Grid as finance...

    37. September 13, 2010

      Punch finds itself in last-chance saloon

      It is a cliché of Wild West movie epics that a dust-up in the saloon will be followed by sweeping up on the part of a rueful...

    38. August 3, 2010

      M&S hires Alan Stewart as finance director

      Marks and Spencer has appointed Alan Stewart, who helped turn round WH Smith, as its new finance director. He replaces Ian...

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