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UNITED KINGDOM FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE

 
: : Mar/Apr 2002

Carrefour denies Safeway interest. Europe's top retailer Carrefour has denied it has any interest in bidding for Safeway, the country's fourth-largest supermarket chain. .... 30 Apr, 2002
M&S sets out stall for big girls. Marks & Spencer plans to take on Arcadia's Evans chain in the battle for big women. The retail giant is launching a dedicated clothing range for outsize ladies, starting at size 20 and going up to size 28. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2002
Burger King set to return to US ownership. Burger King, the world second ranking hamburger restaurant chain, is set to return to US ownership. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2002
Burger King auction is a rare opportunity. Diageo's sale of the fast food chain is the year's highlight for private equity bidders, say Peter Thal Larsen and Neil Buckley. .... 26 Apr, 2002
Structuring your business. Whether buying a franchise or running a limited company, you need to decide on a business structure for legal and accounting purposes. Peter Davy gives some pointers. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2002
Deep panned pizza. David Page, chief executive of PizzaExpress, yesterday expressed surprise at the market's reaction to a bearish "sell" note from Numis. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2002
Diageo seeking more than dlrs 2 billion for Burger King unit. Britain's Diageo PLC is seeking bids of more than dlrs 2 billion for Burger King Corp. by the end of next week, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. .... 19 Apr, 2002
Top Shop owner's profits soar. Arcadia, the retail group which owns familiar High Street names such as Top Shop and Burton, has reported a big increase in profits and sales. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2002
Brown smiles on small firms. Small firms have once again been the main target of tax breaks announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown in his Budget. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2002
Debenhams reports jump in profits. Department store chain Debenhams today reported a 14% jump in profits as it kept up with its retail rivals. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2002
Car dealers expect windfall. Bank of Scotland is understood to be the bidder ready to pay 100m or more for Dixon Motors, the network of car and motorbike dealerships founded by a father and son team from Doncaster. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2002
RELATED - UK shoppers hit six-year record. The UK's retail sales recorded their strongest growth in six years during March, according to the latest figures. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2002
M&S reports strong sales.
The UK's leading clothes retailing chain, Marks & Spencer, has reported a stronger than expected rise in sales and predicted strong performance in the months ahead. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2002
M&S set to reveal recovery.
High street giant Marks & Spencer is set to reveal further evidence of its recovery under Belgian boss Luc Vandevelde this week. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2002
Caffe Nero buys rival coffee chain.
The Aroma coffee house name is to disappear from UK High Streets, after Caffe Nero agreed to buy the chain from food giant McDonalds. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2002
McDonalds enters animal cruelty debate.
Shareholders in fast-food giant McDonalds are to be given the chance to vote on whether the chain should introduce animal welfare standards worldwide. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2002

Relaunch delays at Claims Direct will push loss to 22m.
Claims Direct, the troubled no-win, no-fee personal injury specialist, yesterday warned losses would widen this year despite reassuring investors last year the worst was over in the company's turbulent history. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2002
Abbey National moves into Homebase stores.
Abbey National is to take banking direct to the hoards who spent their weekends doing DIY by opening branches inside Homebase outlets. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2002
M&S completes per una roll-out.
Marks & Spencer is completing the roll-out of its per una clothing range - opening in stores ranging from Wakefield in Yorkshire to East Kilbride in Scotland. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2002
Cross-channel underwear war.
The French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has objected to the latest lingerie plans of the UK retail giant Marks & Spencer. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2002
Diageo gets offers for Burger King.
Diageo said it has received 'some approaches' for its Burger King fast food chain but declined to confirm if Bain Capital Inc, Blackstone Group and Texas Pacific Group were on the list. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2002
Stalker gives up hunt for Arcadia.
Baugur, the Icelandic firm that has spent months stalking retailer Arcadia, is throwing in the towel. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2002
M&S aiming to get it Perfect.
High Street stores group Marks & Spencer is spending up to 2m on a new advertising campaign for its 'Perfect' clothing range. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2002
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