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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. January 10, 2013

    Thoroughly misérable

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

  4. 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,...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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 - ...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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....

  12. FT Alphaville

    September 8, 2011

    Snap news

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

  13. 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...

  14. July 1, 2011

    Massif appeal

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

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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 -      ...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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....

  30. 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...

  31. FT Alphaville

    June 2, 2009

    Snap news

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

  32. 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,...

  33. 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....

  34. 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,...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. January 30, 2009

    Irish shoppers head across the border

    If the rising euro has made British goods cheaper for Irish importers the savings have not fed through to consumers who are...

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