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: : Mar/Apr 2001

M&S 'confident' in Luc. Troubled UK retailer Marks & Spencer on Sunday evening leapt to the defence of its chairman Luc Vandevelde, following reports in the Sunday papers that he might be under pressure to give up his 810,000 bonus. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2001
Foot-and-mouth hits McDonald's. The American fast food giant McDonald's has said foot-and-mouth disease helped take 16% off profits in the first quarter as sales of burgers in Europe continued to flag. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2001
Body Shop is backing May Day protesters. Anita Roddick, the Body Shop founder, has publicly supported a camp at which May Day anarchists are learning direct action techniques, even though her stores are listed as one of their targets. .... 19 Apr, 2001
M&S takes axe to its top table. Marks & Spencer is understood to be planning a top-level management reshuffle as it struggles to rediscover its winning formula. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2001
Grumbles in the garage. The motor trade has to clean up its act if it is to reverse the costly decline in skilled staff, says James Foxall. .... 17 Apr, 2001
Control of the Body Shop could cross Atlantic. Body Shop founder Anitia Roddick could soon lose control of a large part of the Body Shop empire. The chief executive of the Body Shop's American division, Adrian Bellamy, is understood to be preparing to seize control of his part of the health and beauty chain. .... 16 Apr, 2001
Pressure grows on ailing Marks & Spencer. Marks & Spencer was last night considering making a statement to the stock exchange after the latest damaging revelations about the group's decline. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2001
Marks enters the bargain basement. There is something awe-inspiring about the steady implosion of what was the country's leading retailer, Marks & Spencer. And also something deeply sad. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2001
M&S slips deeper into crisis. Sales on the slide despite price cuts, says leaked report .... [more] 7 Apr, 2001
Leaked papers reveal the devastating decline of M&S. Staff morale hits rock bottom in UK as French take to the streets. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2001
No fat on this pizza chain - so tuck in. Domino's Pizza is a lean operation, and the direct mail market is expanding, says Andrew Griffiths in this week's guide to investing in smaller companies. .... 5 Apr, 2001
Arcadia to sell five chains. The UK clothing group Arcadia has announced that it will sell five of its 14 fashion chains after a strategic review of the business. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2001
The difficulty of finding talent for your outlets. More than 40pc of companies operating franchise systems say that the main barrier to growth is the shortage of suitable people to run their outlets, according to a survey by NatWest and the British Franchise Association. .... 2 Apr, 2001
French say M&S closure may have been illegal. Jospin says that the employees who enriched Marks & Spencer shareholders deserved better than to be dismissed by email .... [more] 1 Apr, 2001
Marks and Spencer To Close Stores. In a major restructuring, struggling British retailer Marks & Spencer said on Thursday that it plans to close all its stores in continental Europe, cut about 6 percent of its work force and put its Brooks Brothers chain up for sale. .... 30 Mar, 2001
Rocky ride for M&S shares. The generally downwards trajectory of Marks & Spencer's share price over the past 18 months reflects the company's struggle to re-invent itself. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2001
M&S scraps overseas stores. Marks and Spencer is to close all its overseas stores as it seeks to go back to basics to halt falling sales and profits at its core UK operations. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2001

4,400 jobs go in latest M&S revival bid. Marks & Spencer, the beleaguered retailing giant, is to axe nearly 4,400 jobs as it pulls out of continental Europe and closes its loss-making UK mail order business. .... 30 Mar, 2001
M&S 'to announce shake-up.' It is rumoured that Marks & Spencer is preparing to announce a radical shake-up of the High Street chain in a fresh attempt to halt falling sales. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2001
Compass set to book out of Forte hotels. Britain's Compass Group is set to complete the first two steps of its Forte hotels auction next week with the sale of its last two London "Signature'' hotels and its Heritage chain, industry sources said on Friday. .... 23 Mar, 2001
McDonald's: Disease Could Hurt U.K. Sales. Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. on Wednesday said that a recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom could dampen sales in the region. .... 14 Mar, 2001
DNA test allows M&S to trace bad produce. Marks & Spencer will be able to trace the individual animal responsible for each piece of meat on its supermarket shelves under a partnership deal with a hi-tech offshoot of Kent-based engineering firm Whatman. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2001
M&S designer range misses target. Troubled retailer Marks and Spencer missed February's sales targets for its latest designer range dubbed Autograph. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2001
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