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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. .... [more] 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. .... [more] 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
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