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AUSTRALIA FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE

 
: : Jul-Dec 2001

Franchisees to oppose Traveland move. Traveland franchisees are expected to oppose the recommendation by administrators to liquidate the company at a meeting of creditors today. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2001
Freedom's just another word for Capt'n Snooze. Furniture retailer Freedom Group has made its first expansive move under a new five-year growth plan through the acquisition of the 73-store bedding chain Capt'n Snooze. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2001
Harvey Norman $2.75 share issue seeks $100m. Harvey Norman has launched a rights issues to raise more than $100 million to trim corporate debt and support the company's continued expansion, whether by opening new stores or by acquisition. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2001
Curbed Freedom bent on growth. Freedom Group is still hungry for acquisitions or organic growth, despite continuing rocky trading conditions. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2001
Harvey Norman warns on July-September sales. Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd chairman Gerry Harvey has admitted the retailer's sales for July to September were "not great". .... 17 Aug, 2001
Capt'n Snooze jolted from dream. Capt'n Snooze revealed yesterday that it had abandoned a planned merger with Dream Haven Bedding and Furniture, blaming choppy market conditions for the failed takeover bid. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2001
Capt'n Snooze gets the best of a complex deal. Corporate bedfellows Capt'n Snooze and Dream Haven Furniture and Bedding expect their planned merger to generate nearly $5 million in after-tax profit in the 2003 financial year. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2001
Harvey's Rebels have a cause. Harvey Norman has moved quickly to remodel the Rebel group of sports goods supermarkets announcing plans to open six further outlets. .... 6 Aug, 2001
Geek game craze calls time on rivals. Move over TimeZone, the cyber games cafe is here and fragging its way across the city. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2001
Aquilina under fire as teachers decry Big Mac invasion. Teachers have condemned the Education Minister, Mr Aquilina, for allowing the fast food chain McDonald's access into schools with free meals, vouchers and fundraising incentives for parents. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2001
Calls for consumers to boycott fast food outlets. Tasmanian potato growers are urging people to boycott fast food giants McDonalds, KFC and Hungry Jacks. The call comes after growers formed a blockade outside McCain Foods at Smithon, in north-west Tasmania yesterday. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2001
Rivkin reaps $3m in Harvey Norman's Rebel. Sydney businessman Rene Rivkin was a big stock market winner yesterday when Rebel Sport shares rose more than 24 per cent as investors punted heavily that Gerry Harvey would find the right formula to turn around the sporting goods retailer. .... 31 Jul, 2001
Harvey lunges across the line to win Rebel. Harvey Norman will install a new managing director at Rebel Sport and begin assessing options for reviving the sporting goods retailer after its bid for the company just fell over the line yesterday. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2001
Rivkin pops up at the death in Rebel bid. Mr Gerry Harvey's $52 million bid for Rebel Sport now rests with stockbroker Rene Rivkin, who in a surprise move bobbed up yesterday with a 9 per cent stake in the sporting goods retailer. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2001
Cashed-up Freedom may look at offshore expansion. Furnishings company Freedom Group is eyeing expansion into Asia, Europe and possibly South Africa after a deal with global furniture maker the Steinhoff Group. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2001

Macca's chicken takes on the West. McDonald's stores in Western Australia will begin selling roast chicken next month - a world first for the burger giant as it throws out a major challenge to competitors. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2001
S African raid snares Freedom. South Africa's Australian invasion has overtaken another local, with Freedom Furniture hooking up with the giant Steinhoff group in a $26 million alliance. .... 18 Jul, 2001
Harvey Norman sales hit the wall. Harvey Norman is bracing for earnings growth to reach a shuddering halt in 2000-01 after the retailer reported perhaps its worst ever quarterly sales result. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2001
What's Freedom got in store? The conspiracy theorists had all the ammunition they needed yesterday to speculate on a tie-up between furniture retailer Freedom and Harvey Norman. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2001
Harvey Norman confident of Rebel takeover. Harvey Norman boss Gerry Harvey is 'reasonably confident' his $52 million bid for Rebel Sports will succeed. If not, the billionaire says he will accept the "fickle finger of fate" and walk away. .... 13 Jul, 2001
Rebel chair: sell to Harvey. Rebel Sport chairman Tony Whatmore's message to shareholders yesterday was simple: sell or suffer. .... 13 Jul, 2001
Dymocks writes HK success story. Hong Kong's newest bookshop boasts a cafe overlooking Victoria Harbour at Wanchai. The Dymocks store is a long way from the traditional drab, pokey Asian bookshop where sellers wrap their products in cellophane to prevent anyone reading them before they buy. .... 9 Jul, 2001
A taste for US coffee. Starbucks is spending big bucks in the belief that Australians will take to American coffee. .... 9 Jul, 2001
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