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: : May/Jun 2002

Pioneering company's franchise launch. Lasertech, based in Warrington, has launched six new franchises throughout the country. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2002
Burger King moves closer to UK£1.5bn sale. Speculation is growing that fast-food chain Burger King is close to being sold in a UK£1.5bn deal. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2002
Claims Direct seals fee revamp. Struggling personal injury group Claims Direct has sealed a deal allowing a fee revamp, following criticism on BBC consumer programme Watchdog. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2002
Caffe Nero seals Stelios aid in coffee war. Caffe Nero has enlisted Stelios Haji-Ioannou's Easyinternetcafe chain in the trade war among UK coffee bar operators. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2002
Skoda terminates garage franchise. Car manufacturer Skoda is terminating its franchise in Ashbourne. The Czech firm, which is owned by German car giant Volkswagen, will end its agreement with Sturston Road Garage on July 1. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2002
10 Group signs territory franchise agreement with Onepointfor. 10 Group PLC said its division 10 Leisure PLC has signed a territory franchise agreement for two territories, greater Birmingham and greater Manchester, with Onepointfor Ltd to open two One Point sites. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2002
Regus considered US bankruptcy. Office provider Regus has admitted that trading losses prompted it to consider placing its US subsidiary into bankruptcy. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2002
M&S set to complete restructuring with sale of US chain.
Marks & Spencer is close to selling its US supermarkets chain Kings in deal that would in effect complete the high street retailer's exit from overseas markets. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2002
Bears get more factories after boosting Hamleys' wealth. Revitalised toy retailer Hamleys is to open seven Bear Factory shops in the UK in the next year after recording a "fantastic" response to the stores, launched 18 months ago. .... [more] 28 May, 2002
Stock mistakes cut Mothercare profits. Mothercare, the UK retail chain specialising in clothes and other goods for babies and young children, has blamed stock problems for a big drop in full-year profits. .... [more] 23 May, 2002
M&S 'turns corner' as profits soar. UK clothing retailer Marks & Spencer has continued its turnaround with a 30% rise in profits. .... [more] 21 May, 2002
Artist Files Suit Against McDonald's. A commercial artist who claims he created a new look for McDonald's promotional characters such as Ronald McDonald and Hamburglar is suing the fast food chain for alleged breach of copyright, his lawyers said Monday. .... 20 May, 2002
M&S on track for recovery. A dramatic surge in sales is likely to pay dividends for investors in Marks & Spencer, which is due to announce annual results on Tuesday. .... [more] 20 May, 2002
M&S moves into home furnishing. Marks & Spencer will unveil plans on Tuesday to set up a new chain of stores selling home furnishings. .... [more] 19 May, 2002
Margins under microscope at reborn Marks & Spencer. With a sales recovery at retail institution Marks & Spencer looking like it's set to last, investors will be hoping that full-year results next Tuesday confirm M&S can convert growth into profitability. .... 17 May, 2002
RELATED - Small business are more optimistic for first time in a year. Confidence among small businesses has risen for the first time in more than a year despite a further slump in orders, output and jobs, a survey shows today. .... [more] 13 May, 2002

M&S blasť about raid on home of fashion guru. Marks & Spencer yesterday moved to distance itself from the fashion designer whose Per Una clothing range has helped to revive its fortunes, after it emerged that George Davies was under investigation by the Inland Revenue. .... [more] 6 May, 2002
Body Shop ends organic trials. Body Shop International, the ethical cosmetics and toiletries retailer, is taking a £4.4m exceptional charge to axe a failed new format which only ever grew to three stores. .... [more] 3 May, 2002
Body Shop profits fall. Ethical cosmetics chain Body Shop has seen its profits slide in what it called a "disappointing year" in 2001. .... [more] 2 May, 2002
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