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Birthdays chain sold to UK consortium. No price was being quoted yesterday for the purchase of the Birthdays operation, which includes Partyland and employs 3,500 staff in the UK and Ireland. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2003
US coffee shop chain adapted for Irish tastes. Campbell Catering, Ireland's largest contract catering company which employs 3,000 people in over 320 locations throughout the country, has launched Java City here. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2003
Sex sells for Ann Summers. Sex-toys store Ann Summers, which opened in Dublin amid controversy in 1999, has seen profits before tax soar to over €1.2m at its two Irish companies. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2003
Indian athletes get a taste of O'Briens. O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bars are to open an outlet in India in July but Indian Special Olympic athletes won't have to wait that long to taste the company's speciality. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2003
O'Briens set to open up in Saudi Arabia. A wave of anti-US sentiment in the Middle East has helped O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bars launch a major expansion in the Gulf. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2003
Good times are long gone, warns SFA. The Small Firms Association warned yesterday that it was time for the Irish economy to stop "sleepwalking". .... [more] 29 May, 2003
Londis Topshop posts €8m. Convenience retailer Londis and its garage forecourt chain Topshop yesterday announced profits of €7.88m, an increase of 23pc. .... [more] 27 May, 2003
M&S reports stronger sales in Ireland. Marks & Spencer has reported better than expected double digit profit growth, and said that sales at its Irish stores are continuing to improve. .... [more] 20 May, 2003
Euro 10pc overvalued, says Big Mac index. The euro is 10pc overvalued against the dollar, according to an index the Economist magazine. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2003
Prime City Centre Spot For O'Briens 10th Glasgow City Outlet. O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bars launches its tenth store in Glasgow tomorrow, when husband and wife team, Iain and Karen McKee, mark their first venture into franchising and retailing and open their new outlet at 87 Renfield Street. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2003
Designing a Snap decision. Print franchise Snap Printing is "repositioning" itself as a company which offers design and marketing consulting as well as the traditional services offered. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2003
McDonald's man to lead O'Briens in Scandinavia. As the swing away from burger chains continues, the former chief executive of McDonald's in Denmark has jumped ship to lead O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bars' expansion in Scandinavia. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2003
Local partners raise Choice hotel stake. The Choice hotel chain has sold another 25pc of its operation here to its Irish partners for a reported E1.3m. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2003
INTEREST - Brits in! Why we need the UK in the euro. It's in Ireland's interest that Britain joins the euro and the outcome of an Iraq war could affect Tony Blair's chances of securing membership. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2003
M&S to open fifth Irish store in Dundrum. Marks & Spencer is to open its fifth Irish store in the new Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin, which is set to open in the autumn. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2003
Threat of consumer boycott leads to Bhs owner issuing apology to the Irish. Retail entrepreneur Philip Green was yesterday forced to offer an unreserved apology to the Irish in a bid to prevent a customer boycott of his Bhs-to-Top Shop stores empire. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2003
Domino's pizza cooks up strong profits. London-listed Pizza group Domino's, which employs 225 people in 15 stores in Ireland, said profits rose by almost 50pc last year. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2003
INTEREST - Ireland ranked second in e-services. Ireland has been ranked second place in a report on electronic public services in Europe, with only Sweden performing better. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2003

Spar, Centra top convenience stores survey. Spar and Centra have come out on top in a survey of most preferred convenience stores, carried out on behalf of online newsletter Retail Intelligence. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2003
INTEREST - SFA calls for urgent action to save jobs. The Small Firms Association (SFA) has called for urgent action to safeguard employment, warning that the ability of small firms to create jobs will fall to an eight-year low in 2003. .... [more] 31 Dec, 2002
Profits slip at McDonald's Irish arm. The company which runs the McDonald's hamburger business in Ireland would appear to be suffering from the raft of competition in the marketplace. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2002
Compass posts "strong" FY performance.
Compass Catering Services Ireland, the Irish division of UK foodservices group Compass, today reported a "strong" performance for the year to September. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2002
Irish franchising market now worth E1bn.
The Irish franchising market, which includes high profile names such as O'Briens Sandwich Bars and Statoil's Fareplay, is now worth more than E1bn annually. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2002
Debenhams to open a second Irish store.
The UK chain of department stores Debenhams has confirmed that it is to open a second Irish store. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2002
US mail group to set up 30 Irish outlets. Postal, business and document services group Mail Boxes Etc today announced plans to establish 30 franchise stores in Ireland over the next seven years. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2002
Marriott sites European HQ in Ireland. Marriott International is expanding its presence abroad, setting up its European headquarters in Cork. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2002
Marks & Spencer set for expension. Marks & Spencer are believed to be looking at ten sites across Northewrn Ireland. Three of the stores will located in Greater Belfast with the remainder on high streets in larger provincial towns. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2002
Sherry FitzGerald, Simply Mortgages form Irish mortgage brokerage service. Irish estate agents chain Sherry FitzGerald Group PLC said it is to create a nationwide mortgage brokerage service with Dublin-based Simply Mortgages Ltd. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2002
Sisters plan to establish 30 Mailboxes. Business and document services group Mailboxes etc (MBE), which opened its first Irish store two months ago, is planning to establish 30 franchise stores here. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2002
Franchising turnover hit E1.02bn in 2001. Turnover in the franchising sector in Ireland grew to E1.02bn for 2001, according to a franchising survey, launched today by Minister for Trade and Commerce, Michael Ahern. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2002
Starbucks to open here "within months". The US coffee shop chain Starbucks is to enter the Irish market, according to a weekend report. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2002
McDonald's to open 3 more Irish McCafes. McDonald's is to open three more of its McCafe in-house coffee shops in Ireland before the end of this year, to follow on from its sole existing branch in its Grafton Street restaurant, which opened early in the summer. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2002
Running your own business using the expertise of others. Starting a business from scratch is a dream for many entrepreneurs. But for people who want to run their own business and bypass some of the start-up hassles involved the answer may be to buy a franchise. .... 24 May, 2002
Roches Stores revamps with Zara. Roches Stores has begun a major redevelopment of its flagship store in Henry Street, Dublin. The extention is expected to cost the group between €45m and €57m. .... [more] 17 May, 2002
Domino's Pizza planning 30 new store openings. Fast food franchise Domino's Pizza plans to open 30 outlets in Ireland over the next four years. .... [more] 16 May, 2002
INTEREST - Euro not so under-valued, claims 'Big Mac' index. Ireland's rising costs and loss of competitiveness appear to be confirmed by the tastiest economic indicator of them all the Economist magazine's annual Big Mac index. .... [more] 6 May, 2002
Body Shop shares down on FY results. Shares in the cosmetic retailer the Body Shop slipped today as full year results disappointed the market. .... [more] 2 May, 2002
O'Brien's signs E25m deal with Compass. O'Brien's Irish Sandwich Bars has signed a E25m deal with catering giant Compass to open 15 new outlets in offices throughout the Republic over the next five years. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2002
Prem Group wins Howard Johnson franchise. Dublin-based hotel chain operator Prem Group has won exclusive rights to the European franchise of the Howard Johnson Serviced Apartments concept. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2002
McDonald's eyes Irish coffee shop market. McDonald's is set to enter the Irish coffee shop market before the end of this year, through its McCafe spin-off formula. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2002
O'Briens signs UK£50m British deal. O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bars has signed a UK£50m deal that will see the franchise chain open 50 new stores in transit areas in the UK and Ireland over the next five years. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2002
Pizzas, pints and 100 jobs. Pizzas and pints are to create jobs for more than 100 people in the next six months, according to pub group JD Wetherspoon and fast food company Domino's Pizza. .... 12 Jan, 2002
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