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Subway planning to roll them out. American fast-food chain Subway, which sells designer bread rolls, plans to more than quadruple its size in New Zealand. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2000
Qantas franchise to freshen Ansett NZ. Ansett New Zealand will be rebranded Qantas New Zealand and fly the domestic market as a franchise operation of the Australian carrier. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2000
INTEREST - Troubled FlyingPig sacks half its staff. The future of internet retailing in New Zealand is under a cloud after the decision by the country's most high-profile e-tailer to lay off half its staff. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2000
Heat cranked up in NZ pizza kitchens. The ovens are being fired up for pizza wars, with the country's second-largest chain signalling a $2 million revamp. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2000
Beer, wine may come with pizza. Restaurant Brands, the new owner of the Eagle Boys delivery chain, yesterday said that it was well advanced with plans to offer a range of items for home delivery, including liquor. .... 22 Jun, 2000
Warehouse tries again to enter PC market. A shake-up in the personal computer market is looming with retail juggernaut The Warehouse making its third attempt to break into PC sales. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2000
Parallel importing plea. The lobbying power of retailers anxious to continue parallel importing needs to be balanced, sports goods importer Christopher Brittain says. .... 14 Jun, 2000
Net sales change face of shopping. Retail executives in Europe and America estimate that within the next three years 15 per cent of retail dollars will be spent on internet shopping. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2000
NZ Post logs on to Internet kiosks. New Zealand Post has begun a trial of public internet access terminals that could lead to Post Shops providing internet and electronic transaction services nationwide. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2000
Retail sales up but tipped to ease. Seasonally adjusted retail sales grew 0.3 per cent in April, says Statistics New Zealand. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2000
Retailers facing e-competition. Do internet shops pose a real threat to the High Street retailer? Karyn Scherer reports on new moves in online selling. ..... [more] 27 May, 2000
Blue Star group puts Whitcoulls up for sale. The Whitcoulls retail chain, the remnant of the Christchurch-based bookselling, publishing, and printing conglomerate, is on the market again. .... 26 May, 2000
INTEREST - BUSINESS Budget chains plan formal ties. Budget variety retailer Clint's Crazy Bargains is in talks with New Zealand's The Warehouse Group about a possible alliance in the Australian market. .... 22 May, 2000
Quik tries prepay. First there were prepay cellphones, which let users break free from contracts and monthly charges. Now there is prepay Internet. .... 18 May, 2000
Rest Brands completes Eagle Boys takeover. Pizza Hut's parent company, Restaurant Brands, says it has wrapped up its $28.3 million buyout of the Eagle Boys pizza franchise in New Zealand. .... 18 May, 2000
Eagle Boy mascot back on the streets. The Hamilton City Council has backed down on a ban of Eagle Boys' fluffy mascot from city streets. .... 9 May, 2000
Slice of pie: let buyer beware. Pizza Hut's takeover of the Eagle Boys pizza chain prompts some hard questions about the risks of buying a franchise. .... [more] 6 May, 2000
Pizza Hut takeaway upsets franchisees. A $28.3 million deal which will see Pizza Hut swallow its biggest rival has hiccupped, with some franchisees accusing Eagle Boys of taking too big a slice of the purchase price. .... [more] 3 May, 2000
Groceries just aren't pumping. Around the world, the line between petrol retailing and retailing is becoming increasingly blurred as companies struggle to boost profits in a competitive global market. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2000

$28m pushes Eagle Boys off the pizza perch. The eagle has landed - in the lap of Pizza Hut, which ended weeks of industry speculation last night by announcing it had bought 53 Eagle Boys pizza outlets and the brand's master franchise in New Zealand. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2000
Eagle Boys goes to Pizza Hut. Restaurant Brands is paying up to $28.3 million to add the Eagle Boys pizza chain to its Pizza Hut business. .... 20 Apr, 2000

Ihug takes Video Ezy. Ihug, an Internet service provider, has bought a controlling stake in old-economy video rental firm Video Ezy International .... 20 Apr, 2000

Foiled ihug finds solace in Video Ezy. Two days after being effectively rebuffed by Force Corporation, internet service provider ihug has taken 51 per cent of the 115-store Video Ezy chain. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2000
Wilson Neill deal aims to slash call charges. Hospitality company Wilson Neill has formed a joint venture with telecommunications giant Siemens, which will result in voice traffic carried over Wilson Neill's wireless data network. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2000

Cafe fix douses coffee protest. New Zealand trade-aid advocates have called off protests outside Starbucks cafes this month after the chain's US parent agreed to sell a small amount of "Fair Trade" certified coffee in its 2300 cafes across America. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2000

Photo company has world in frame. A small Auckland business is likely to franchise its photo manipulation system around the globe thanks to a partnership deal with one of the world's largest technology companies. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2000

Pizza Hut odds-on buyer of Eagles. Rumours surrounding an imminent sale of New Zealand's largest pizza chain reached fever-pitch yesterday, with industry speculation that Pizza Hut is the likely buyer. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2000

Eagle Boys chain denies sale close. The Christchurch-based owner of the Eagle Boys pizza master licence for New Zealand says there is "no deal at this stage" for a sale of the business. .... 14 Apr, 2000

Mystery suitor poised. An established player in the fast-food industry is believed to have approached the Eagle Boys pizza chain about a takeover, in a move competitors fear could spark a fierce price war. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2000
Quik Internet First to Offer Prepaid Internet Access in New Zealand. Quik Internet New Zealand (NZ) has formed an exclusive agreement with Dick Smith Electronics to distribute Quik prepaid Internet products in all its outlets. .... 5 Apr, 2000
Retail flat as higher interest rates bite . Retailers' tills began to feel the effects of higher interest rates in February. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2000
Lollipops rakes in the lolly. The 44-year-old Hamilton man has established a unique franchise operation over the past decade, but you are more likely to find him dangling from a jungle gym than crunching numbers behind a desk. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2000

Franchise aims for more dough. Australian-based franchise chain Bakers Delight wants a bigger slice of New Zealand's bread market as part of its ambitious plans for growth on both sides of the Tasman. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2000

Rest Brands tells of appetite for growth. Restaurant Brands is pressing ahead with a five-year development programme which is forecast to deliver a minimum 10 per cent growth in earnings per share in the present financial year. .... 29 Mar, 2000

Bakery franchise to open in Christchurch. A big bakery franchise will trade in Christchurch, when a city woman, Lorraine Rouse, opens its first South Island shop at Northlands in June. .... 29 Mar, 2000
Chain plans more shops for 'worst' retail scene. Three years after describing New Zealand's retail scene as "worse than the worst country town you have ever been to," Australian-based retailer Harvey Norman is poised for further expansion. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2000
Harvey Norman up as conditions ease. Retailer Harvey Norman Holdings had strong sales in the first two months of 2000, despite a significant easing of Australian business conditions from record levels in December. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2000
Labour gambles with Lotto pay packet.The contract of Lotto's new chief executive, Ariane Burgess, is a showcase package that sets the tone for top public service jobs under Helen Clark's government. And it's not good. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2000
Quality the essence of coffee chain. Starbucks' Seattle-based president, Orin Smith, this week took time to sample several of the city's better coffee shops. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2000
DB sells stores. DB Group has sold its remaining 32 liquor retail stores to a group of senior managers in its liquor division. .... 10 Feb, 2000
McCafes coming. McDonald's plans to open McCafes in Christchurch and Dunedin this year. .... 22 Jan, 2000
Fast foods quicken pace with economy. The improving economy has seen fast food return to favour in New Zealanders' diets, much to the relief of major players in the industry. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2000
Mild response as RB lifts cash rate to 5.25%. Markets reacted mildly to the Reserve Bank lifting the official cash rate 0.25 percentage points to 5.25 per cent. .... 20 Jan, 2000
Restaurant Brands serves up the treats. Restaurant Brands has served up a two-course treat: for Christchurch, a Starbucks coffee shop by the middle of the year and a second by November 30; and for shareholders a sharply higher profit and full-year dividend. .... 20 Jan, 2000
Canty retail sales boom in November. Canterbury retail sales in November, at $496 million, were 9.5 per cent ahead of those in November 1998, an increase matched only by Auckland, which had a 10% rise to $1.2 billion. .... 18 Jan, 2000
New owner for Autolign. The Hellaby's wholly-owned subsidiary Brake and Transmission NZ is buying the steering and suspension specialist Autolign, which has five regional distributors, five branch workshops, and 25 franchise workshops. .... 10 Jan, 2000
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