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: : Jan-Jun 2001

Harvey Norman home loans on the cards. Harvey Norman might offer home loans to customers before the end of the year, after the retailer sifts through proposals to expand its finance division. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2001
Rebel Sport directors agree to sell to Harvey Norman. Five directors of Rebel Sport Ltd will sell at least part of their shareholdings under Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd's takeover offer. .... 26 Jun, 2001
Pizza Hut withdraws action against Eagle Boys. American fast-food giant Pizza Hut has withdrawn its Federal Court case against Australian-owned rival Eagle Boys. .... 24 Jun, 2001
Franchisee offers pizza the action. Big growth in the takeaway pizza market is behind international chain Pizza Haven's plans to expand 10 per cent domestically over the next six months, franchisee manager Nick Davoli said. .... 23 Jun, 2001
Burger King Loses Court Battle. Fast-food restaurant concern Burger King has been ordered to pay about $39 million to a franchisee for trying to take a bigger bite of the Australian burger market. .... 22 Jun, 2001
INTEREST - Common Australian, NZ currency a matter of time: economists. Economists said that concerns about the adoption of a common central bank and nationalistic passion were the key factors standing in the way. .... 20 Jun, 2001
Pick'n Pay, Franklins sign store deal. Franklins has signed a binding agreement to sell 53 stores to the Australian subsidiary of South African retail giant Pick'n Pay Stores. .... 18 Jun, 2001
UK bookseller buys two biggest book chains in New Zealand and Australia. Giant British bookseller WH Smith revealed last night it had agreed to pay $126 million for the Whitcoulls and Angus & Robertson chains. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2001
Pizza chain seeks supreme victory. Brisbane-based pizza company Eagle Boys will continue its Australian-owned ad campaign after yesterday winning the first round of a Federal Court battle with multi-national fast-food giant Pizza Hut. .... 14 Jun, 2001
Sales deal looms for 94 Franklins stores. South African retail giant Pick'n Pay inched closer to its foray into Australia's grocery market, officially securing 51 Franklins stores. .... 13 Jun, 2001
Harvey Norman plans home loans move. Harvey Norman is considering offering home loans as part of an expansion of its finance division. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2001
Pick 'n Pay takes 'conservative' route to Oz. Pick 'n Pay, the country's largest supermarket chain, had operated "conservatively" in its recent acquisition of 73 Franklins and Fresco brand grocery stores in Australia for R500 million, and would probably have bought more stores had it been able, Sean Summers, the chief executive, told television viewers here yesterday. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2001
Grocery chains gear up for battle. The entry of South African retailer Pick'n'Pay, on top of the launch of stores by German giant Aldi, promises to add extra fire to already fierce competition in grocery retailing. .... 11 Jun, 2001
No Frills intends to be fair dinkum. South African retail giant Pick 'n Pay is confident that it can transform the loss-making Franklins supermarket chain into a profitable business within three years. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2001
Capt'n Snooze hopes for dream run. Retail bedding king Capt'n Snooze is seeking a back-door listing through a reverse takeover of a struggling furniture maker. .... 8 Jun, 2001
ACCC won't proceed with case against Video Ezy. The consumer watchdog said today it ended legal action against Video Ezy despite preparing extensively and having what it regarded as a strong case of price exploitation. .... 7 Jun, 2001
H Norman won't raise bid for Rebel Sport. Harvey Norman has warned it will not increase or extend its $52 million takeover bid for Rebel Sport despite a disappointing start, with less than 1 per cent of shareholders in the sporting goods retailer so far accepting the offer. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2001

McDonald's Boston Market to enter Australian market. Boston Market Corp. and McDonald's Australia said Tuesday they formed a partnership to develop the first Boston Market restaurant outside the United States, set to open in suburban Sydney, Australia in 2002. .... 5 Jun, 2001
Colonial job cuts in place for final stage. Commonwealth Bank of Australia accelerated its cost-cutting in the first half of 2001 and has already removed most of the 2,500 to 2,700 people expected to lose their jobs after last June's $10 billion takeover of Colonial. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2001
CBA shifts Colonial accounts. Commonwealth Bank is poised to complete one of the pivotal legs of its integration of last year's $10 billion Colonial acquisition, as it switches 1 million Colonial customers over to CBA accounts this weekend. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2001
Analysts back Pick 'n Pay's Australian deal. Retail analysts welcomed Pick 'n Pay's investment in Australia yesterday although they said the acquisitions, which would give the supermarket retailer a small share of the Australian market, would take time to bed down. .... [more] 30 May, 2001
Pick 'n Pay buys 80 Australian stores for A$125m. Pick 'n Pay, the listed food and clothing retailer, has concluded an agreement to purchase approximately 60 Franklins "No Frills" stores as well as 20 Fresco stores, including related fixed assets, stocks and the trademarks. .... 29 May, 2001
Freedom ahead by 25pc in tough times. Freedom Group increased interim net profit by 25 per cent and declared a special dividend despite some of the most difficult trading conditions in years and warning a recovery was still some way off. .... [more] 17 May, 2001

Consumer revolt: Harvey Norman sales hit. The slump in consumer spending has savaged Harvey Norman's sales in the past few months, leading the furniture and appliances retailer to post one of its worst-ever quarters. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2001
Harvey in $52m Rebel bid. Harvey Norman has made a friendly $51.6 million takeover bid for sporting goods retailer Rebel Sports, the company's first major attempt to expand beyond its core furnishings and appliances business. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2001
Harvey Norman profit up, chairman rejects recession. Harvey Norman posted a relatively lacklustre 10.2 per cent rise in first-half net profit and cautioned that the outlook remains bleak, with sales growth in the early stages of the new year slowing to a trickle. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2001
Harvey WT lives for tomorrow. Harvey World Travel hopes to lift its lacklustre sharemarket performance by predicting a sharp lift in profits next financial year, thanks to December's acquisition of Thomas Cook's retail travel business. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2001
Reluctant shoppers scrape a little more from Harvey. Harvey Norman shares dropped to a seven-month low yesterday as the second major earnings downgrade within a week on the stock rippled through the market. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2001
Freedom optimistic of riding out downturn. Furniture retailer Freedom Group is "cautiously optimistic" about the future, with expectations of an interest rate cut and underlying strength in the core business offsetting poor performances from its Guests and Andersons divisions. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2001
Harvey lifts sales, calls for rate cut. Harvey Norman reported a strong rise in first-half sales but warned that conditions could worsen if the Reserve Bank did not cut interest rates. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2001
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