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    1. November 21, 2014

      Fashion group Hackett to test the US with its British look

      America has lured a host of UK retailers seeking riches in the world’s largest economy, but many have hit the rocks. Laura...

    2. FT Alphaville

      July 29, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, NEWS GKN up on strong results, dividend. Thanks to a strong performance at its Driveline auto parts...

    1. March 11, 2014

      Co-op turns to Pennycook as interim chief

      Richard Pennycook’s appointment as interim chief executive of the Co-operative Group, replacing Euan Sutherland, provides...

    2. September 27, 2013

      Highlights from this week’s Investors Chronicle

      Buy: Laura Ashley (ALY) Sales might be weak and the fashion division needs a makeover, but with signs of a consumer recovery...

    3. March 28, 2013

      Laura Ashley defends discount demand

      Laura Ashley stressed on Thursday that it had “absolutely no concerns” about its cash position after the home furnishing...

    4. January 10, 2013

      Thoroughly misérable

      My brother, a classical singer, recently grumbled to a professional acquaintance about the score of Les Misérables ,...

    5. December 14, 2012

      Three UK retailers report strong sales

      A clutch of UK retailers defied the gloom enveloping much of the high street to unveil stronger sales on Friday. Weddings,...

    6. October 3, 2012

      Online reviews tell us less than we think

      If you believed the Laura Ashley reviews on reviewcentre.com you would never buy anything from them. “Awful company and...

    7. June 1, 2012

      Why punk and the Queen go hand in hand

      There is only one thing impeding me from becoming one of the great art collectors of our time, and that is the money with...

    8. FT Alphaville

      February 26, 2012

      Weekend news catch-up

      Weekend headlines from the FT and other UK media:* From The FT, - Hammerson’s £500m office portfolio up for sale - ...

    9. September 9, 2011

      The Downton downturn effect

      Television costume drama Downton Abbey, which returns for its second series next week, was a big hit last autumn, drawing...

    10. September 9, 2011

      Economy Watch: accentuate the positives

      Economy Watch is tempted to take a leaf out of the songbook of the late Johnny Mercer, whose advice in the last bitter year...

    11. September 9, 2011

      Laura Ashley bucks high street slump

      Shares in fashion and furnishings group Laura Ashley rose 12 per cent on Thursday after the company reported a 28 per cent...

    12. September 8, 2011

      More transparency bodes well for takeovers

      No matter how long an event has been in the diary, it can still cause a last-minute flurry when the moment actually arrives....

    13. FT Alphaville

      September 8, 2011

      Snap news

      Breaking pre-market news on Thursday, - Office of Fair Trading to investigate motor insurance market — statement. - Home...

    14. September 5, 2011

      Bridging the pond is a stern test for retailers

      Tim Mason, chief executive of Fresh & Easy, is showcasing some of the freshly prepared meals that he believes are one of the...

    15. July 1, 2011

      Massif appeal

      Just occasionally a region becomes fashionable and people flock there without spoiling its natural beauty. Such a place is...

    16. FT Alphaville

      June 3, 2011

      Snap news

      Breaking pre-market news on Friday, - EU, IMF wind-up Greek review – Bloomberg. - US Treasury to sell remaining stake in...

    17. April 2, 2011

      Deltex, China Shoto lead small cap risers

      Deltex Medical was one of the biggest small cap risers last week. Its shares rose 33 per cent after the National Institute...

    18. January 20, 2011

      Laura Ashley shares rise on sales forecast

      Shares in Laura Ashley, the homewares and fashion retailer, surged 20 per cent on Thursday as the company said sales over...

    19. December 16, 2010

      Laura Ashley raises forecasts

      Laura Ashley Holdings, the UK homewares retailer, continued its track record of steady but gradual growth, announcing a 1.3...

    20. FT Alphaville

      September 13, 2010

      Weekend catch-up

      Weekend headlines from the FT and other UK media: From The FT, -       Jim O’Neill to head Goldman asset management -      ...

    21. September 11, 2010

      Strong furniture demand bolsters Laura Ashley

      Shares in Laura Ashley climbed to their highest level since April on Friday, after the homewares retailer reported a jump in...

    22. FT Alphaville

      September 10, 2010

      Snap news

      Breaking pre-market news on Friday, - Nokia appoints Microsoft’s Stephen Elop as its new CEO — statement. - Morgan Sindall...

    23. June 4, 2010

      Online boost for Laura Ashley

      Laura Ashley said on Friday that its online division was growing strongly as the fashion and home furnishings group got off...

    24. April 24, 2010

      Investor engagement

      This is shareholder activism the world doesn't need. The UK Shareholders' Association , a body that came into being with...

    25. April 3, 2010

      Economy is not yet safe from an April Fool

      Some economic signals about the British economy were so strong this week that Recovery Watch had to double-check to make...

    26. April 2, 2010

      Stable economy appears within sight

      Some signals about the economy were so strong this week that Recovery Watch had to double check to make sure they were not...

    27. April 1, 2010

      Promotions fill Laura Ashley’s baskets

      “Blink and you’ll miss it” promotions pushed up sales and pre-tax profit at Laura Ashley as consumers went shopping for...

    28. October 24, 2009

      The Plot

      The Plot: A Biography of an English Acre By Madeleine Bunting Granta £18.99, 304 pages FT Bookshop price: £15.19 On those...

    29. September 9, 2009

      Currency woes hit Laura Ashley

      Failing to hedge against the fall in sterling hurt profits at Laura Ashley, the furniture and homeware retailer. Pre-tax...

    30. FT Alphaville

      September 9, 2009

      Snap news

      Breaking pre-market news on Wednesday, - NYSE Euronext announces plan to sell stake in NYSE Amex options market – statement....

    31. June 2, 2009

      Discounts boost Laura Ashley’s sales

      Large discounts on its floral frocks and furnishings have boosted revenues at Laura Ashley, as the company pursued sales at...

    32. FT Alphaville

      June 2, 2009

      Snap news

      Breaking pre-market news on Tuesday, - IPIC to dispose of Barclays shares — statement, statement. - Intermediate Capital...

    33. April 24, 2009

      New priorities

      Dividend cuts are not as painful as they once were, writes Samantha Pearson . In the case of Debenhams' results yesterday,...

    34. April 1, 2009

      Promotions costs halve Laura Ashley's profits

      Profits at Laura Ashley slumped by a half last year, as the costs of extra sales promotions countered increased revenues....

    35. March 31, 2009

      Promotion costs cut into Laura Ashley profits

      Profits at Laura Ashley slumped by a half last year as the costs of extra sales promotions ate into revenues. The company,...

    36. FT Alphaville

      March 31, 2009

      Snap news

      Breaking pre-market news on Tuesday, - VW hedges give Porsche €6.8bn windfall – statement. - Fortis plunges to €28bn 2008...

    37. February 18, 2009

      Sainsbury deal boosts CAP

      Clean Air Power continued its recent good run after the Aim-listed company, which makes equipment that enables trucks to run...

    38. February 17, 2009

      Laura Ashley warns of 50% fall in annual earnings

      Shares in Laura Ashley tumbled almost 14 per cent on Tuesday morning after the furnishings and fashion retailer issued a...

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