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: : Jan/Feb 2002

M&S' Mr Turnaround on target. Two years ago on Thursday, Luc Vandevelde accepted one of the toughest challenges of his career when he took over as chairman of the UK's best-known retailer Marks & Spencer. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2002
Diageo drinks sales soar.
The drinks and catering giant Diageo has reported a near £1bn rise in profits from its existing drinks operation during the last six months of 2001. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2002
Caffé Nero pays McDonald's £3.5m for Aroma chain.
Caffé Nero edged past Coffee Republic yesterday to become Britain's largest independent coffee bar operator with the purchase of 26 Aroma sites from McDonald's, the fast-food giant. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2002
Domino's to double its outlets by 2006 as sales surge 21%.
Domino's Pizza yesterday moved to consolidate its position as the UK's largest deliverer of pizzas with aggressive expansion plans as it posted a 21 per cent surge in full-year sales. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2002
Body Shop chief ran bankrupt retailer.
The new boss at the Body Shop was the chief operating officer of one of Canada's biggest department store chains when it was forced into bankruptcy in 1997, it emerged yesterday. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2002
Body Shop gains a new head.
Roddicks step down as US team strives to make store chain desirable again. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2002
PizzaExpress chief quits after 20 years.
PizzaExpress was forced to reshuffle its board yesterday after the surprise resignation of its chief executive, Ian Eldridge, after nearly 20 years with the company. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2002
PizzaExpress delivers strong figures.
The surprise departure today of Ian Eldridge, the chief executive of PizzaExpress, overshadowed strong first-half figures from the restaurant group. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2002
Pizza chain shrugs off economy woes.
UK restaurant chain Pizza Express has reported higher profits despite a sharp drop in tourist numbers in the wake of the 11 September attacks. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2002
Hyatt Kicks Off 28th Travel Partnership With Virgin Atlantic.
Travel Partners Celebrate Launch With Generous Double Miles Offer. .... 11 Feb, 2002
Arcadia calls off takeover talks.
Arcadia, the retail group which owns familiar high street names such as Top Shop and Burton, has said it has called off talks with the Icelandic retailer Baugur about a possible takeover. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2002
Nowhere to eat?
You'd better start a franchise. Franchisors are crying out for suitable people to take on outlets, but look before you leap - reaping success requires dedication .... [more] 28 Jan, 2002
M&S to pay back £2bn to investors after disposals.
Marks and Spencer's army of private shareholders are set for windfalls averaging £1,400 each after the high-street stalwart put the detail yesterday on plans to hand over the proceeds of recent disposals. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2002
M&S appoints spin doctor.
As Marks & Spencer attempts to win back the hearts, minds and purses of the nation's shoppers, the high street giant has conceded its public image needs even more rehabilitation and appointed a spin doctor to its board. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2002
Body Shop has stronger Christmas.
Ethical cosmetics chain Body Shop has said its Christmas sales were 4% stronger than the previous year, and its profits margins have improved. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2002
Boots, Body Shop and Clinton Cards missed Christmas boom.
Not all retailers have enjoyed a strong Christmas despite the continued strength of consumer spending and yesterday Boots, Body Shop and Clinton Cards all announced fairly downbeat trading statements for the festive season. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2002

Bumper Christmas at M&S nets chief a £7m windfall.
Marks & Spencer chairman Luc Vandevelde is sitting on a paper fortune worth nearly £7m generated by an about-turn in the fortunes of the high street chain, which was underlined yesterday when the company revealed it had a bumper Christmas. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2002
M&S reports strong Christmas sales.
High street retailer Marks & Spencer today said its recovery was on track as it reported stronger than expected Christmas sales figures. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2002
M&S chief warns of slowing sales growth.
Marks & Spencer chairman and chief executive Luc Vandevelde this morning warned investors that the recovering retail giant's current like-for-like sales growth is unsustainable. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2002
Christmas cheer for M&S.
Marks & Spencer has continued its recent revival of fortunes and announced better than expected sales figures for the crucial Christmas period. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2002
M&S's Greek success story.
Marks and Spencer's costly retreat from Europe last year appeared to mark the end of its exploits on the international stage. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2002
Madisons Coffee in United Arab Emirates franchise deal.
Madisons Coffee has struck a deal with a franchise partner in the United Arab Emirates. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2002
Domino's shares feel the effect of TV advertising.
Domino's Pizza, the takeaway and delivery chain, yesterday applauded the power of advertising after its first terrestrial campaign spurred like-for-like sales to soar 22 per cent, sending its shares 8 per cent higher. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2002
Arcadia reports soaring sales.
The UK's second largest clothing group, Arcadia Group, saw sales in its chain stores soar during the Christmas sales. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2002
M&S kickstarts 2002 with new range.
Marks & Spencer has launched its spring womenswear collection, a range analysts say is crucial for the High Street chain's attempts to revive its fortunes. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2002
M&S near end of US road.
Marks & Spencer is in talks to sell its remaining US retail business, Kings, for as much as £120m to a New York supermarket chain, Gristede's. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2002
Arcadia sales too hot for Icelanders.
Arcadia, the retailer that owns Top Shop and Miss Selfridge, could this week see off an audacious £568m bid from Iceland's Baugur. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2002
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