FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
: : 1999-2001
|M&S meets H1 as Ireland performs "well." British
retail group Marks & Spencer (M&S) this morning posted half year results
at the higher end of expectations, announcing pre-tax, pre-exceptional
profits of UK£220m. .... [more]
6 Nov, 2001
Body Shop Irl shows 12pc sales growth. The Body
Shop today announced strong total retail sales growth in Ireland,
up 12pc for the half-year ended 1 September 2001. .... [more]
2 Oct, 2001
Franchises a tried and tested business format. When
the coffee, tea and catering giant Bewley's was acquired by Campbell
Catering in 1990, the operation only had three outlets which were
not company run. Since then, franchising has become a crucial part
of the company's expansion strategy. .... 12 Sep, 2001
RELATED - Bulk of small business unprepared for euro.
Almost 80 per cent of the Republic's 160,000 small businesses are
unprepared for the introduction of the euro on January 1st according
to a new survey from software suppliers Sage. .... 28 Aug, 2001
SFA says economy 'on a knife edge'. In its annual
autumn economic statement the Small Firms' Association said that official
growth and employment figures were masking significant job losses.
.... 6 Aug, 2001
Limerick added to Spur's menu. Food franchise
company Spur has turned up the heat in its overseas expansion drive
with the opening of a second outlet in Ireland in less than a year
after first entering the country. .... [more]
30 Jul, 2001
Pace of retail sales slows as consumers trim spending.
Irish consumers have cut back on spending, according to the latest
figures from the Central Statistics Office. .... 28 Jul, 2001
M&S does well here but sales drop in UK. Retailer
Marks and Spencer's four Irish stores performed strongly but the group's
core clothing business in the UK showed a further drop in sales, according
to a trading statement released yesterday. .... 12 Jul, 2001
RELATED - Small firms flourish in North. A record
1,330 firms and 2,700 additional jobs were created in the small business
sector in Northern Ireland last year, according to the latest figures.
.... 13 Jun, 2001
RELATED - SFA notes fall in labour demand and rising
wage expectations. Positive unemployment figures are masking
a decline in the demand for labour and increased pressure on business
confidence, the Small Firms Association (SFA) said yesterday. ....
2 Jun, 2001
US home sales franchise launches in Ireland.
ERA is one of the biggest estate agency franchises in the US, but
Frank Doonan, the man behind ERA Ireland, promises it will not be
the MacDonald's of the property market. .... 6 May, 2001
Irish stores fare best in poor M&S performance. Marks
& Spencer, which has four stores in the Republic, admitted yesterday
that it had lost touch with its shoppers as it suffered a slump in
sales over Christmas. .... [more]
24 Jan, 2001
Sentencing reserved in restaurant death. The former
owners of a McDonald's restaurant in Belfast where a student was electrocuted
have admitted failing to look after the safety of its staff and customers.
10 Jan, 2001
RELATED - Staff shortage forces small firms to up wages by 10pc.
Small and medium sized companies have been forced to raise
wages by 10pc this year in order to hold onto staff who are being
lured away by multinationals, research by business lobby group ISME
reveals. .... 5 Oct, 2000
UK pizza group to expand base here. UK restaurant
group Pizza Express has announced it is planning to open another 12
restaurants in Ireland, with three new outlets set to open initially.
.... 26 Sep, 2000
Franchises set for £600m sales. Franchise outlets
in Ireland are expected to double to around 2,500 over the next five
years, it has been predicted. .... 9 Aug, 2000
INTEREST - Online travel sites compete. With the European
online travel market expected to be worth euro 9bn by 2003, the Irish
market is hotting up with two new portal sites announced this week.
.... 3 Jul, 2000
Staff, not food, giving restaurants indigestion. Anyone
who has tried to get a last minute booking for dinner in one of Dublin's
trendier restaurants will tell you that the trade is booming. ....
31 May, 2000
Grocers all set for power party. One of the world's
most exclusive clubs, the august outfit that comprises the most powerful
grocers on the globe, gather in a huddle in Dublin at the end of this
month for the latest conference of the grocers' body, CIEF. .... 21 May, 2000
Retailers urge retention of below cost ban. Small retailers
last night attacked a report which recommended that the Government
drop the ban on below cost selling. .... 5 May, 2000
Union fury as Irish Life franchise closes branches.
Irish Life & Permanent has informed managers and staff at 17 branches
around the country that they are to close, it emerged yesterday. .....
20 Apr, 2000
Sherry Fitz buys £3m Cork agency. Sherry FitzGerald,
the country's largest estate agency, has expanded its presence in
the Cork area through the acquisition of a local agency. .... 14 Apr, 2000
Retail market set for more consolidation, says Verdict.
The Irish retail market is set for further consolidation as price
competition grows and the battle for scale and quality retail space
intensifies, according to a new report by retail consultancy, Verdict.
.... 7 Feb, 2000
Casey's in the driving seat. Pierce Casey, the entrepreneur
deal-maker, has gone into the car rental business and is planning
to launch a pan-European car rental agency with possibly a worldwide
franchise being adopted at a later stage. .... 3 Feb, 2000
M&S do well in Ireland. Marks & Spencer announced yesterday
that its sales in Ireland over the Christmas period remained buoyant,
writes Jim Aughney. .... 14 Jan, 2000
Staff at First Active will decide next week whether to take industrial
action over the company's plans to cut 175 jobs and to close 25 of
its 76 branches. .... 8 Dec, 1999
First Active is seeking 175 job losses and will close 25 of its 76
branches throughout the Republic as part of an aggressive cost cutting
initiative to make it more competitive. .... 1 Dec, 1999
The board of First Active has taken a first step towards restoring
investor confidence in the floundering bank by announcing major changes
to its senior management team. .... 19 Nov, 1999
One of Dublin's best-known and largest restaurants, Bewley's Café
in Westmoreland Street, has been closed temporarily because of a problem
with flies in the premises, according to the Eastern Health Board.
But its owner, the Campbell Bewley Group, said the closure was prompted
by an electrical wiring problem.... 17 Nov, 1999