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: : 1999

M&S 'encouraged' by sales. Troubled retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) said its flagship store in Central London had made a "very positive" start to its winter sale. .... [more] 28 Dec, 1999
Sales shoppers defy cash predictions. High street shops have reported the traditional rush for sales bargains despite warnings that shoppers will be loath to part with their cash. .... [more] 27 Dec, 1999
No Christmas cheer for retailers. Mobile phones will be the most popular gift this Christmas, with four million expected to be sold - double the number last year. .... [more] 27 Dec, 1999
Fresh M&S shake-up. Marks and Spencer is reorganising its management structure in a bid to improve its declining ability to give customers what they want. .... [more] 21 Dec, 1999
M&S 'slump' fuels bid talk. High street giant Marks & Spencer is at the centre of fresh takeover speculation as observers believe it is suffering its worst ever Christmas. .... [more] 19 Dec, 1999
UK retail sales pick up. British high street spending picked up in November, with shoppers spending 0.2% more than in October. .... [more] 16 Dec, 1999
Entrepreneur may bid for M&S. Corporate raider Philip Green may bid for troubled retail giant Marks & Spencer. .... [more] 13 Dec, 1999
Retailer goes to Sweden, Hungary. Department store group Debenhams will open stores in Sweden and Hungary as part of an international expansion drive. .... 11 Dec, 1999
Tesco 'follows up M&S interest'. The board of embattled UK retailer Marks and Spencer has said it is mystified by a sudden sharp rise in its share price. .... [more] 11 Dec, 1999
Alldays Snaps Up More Franchise Stores. Struggling convenience stores group Alldays today said it had won agreement from 12 of its regional franchisees to buy back almost 200 stores. .... 7 Dec, 1999
M&S 'faces two-year fight to win back customers'. The company that holds the Marks & Spencer franchise in Jersey yesterday predicted that it will take the retailer two years to regain its competitive edge - and warned that the group could then face problems winning back former customers. .... [more] 2 Dec, 1999
Countrywide plans 110 franchises each year. Coutrywide Assured Group, the estate agent, plans to double the size of its 730-strong network through a new franchising policy. .... 4 Nov, 1999
Body Shop sales revival. Sales and profits at the Body Shop, the ethical cosmetics retailer, have improved after the company restructured its management. The company reported worldwide sales of 271m ($453m) in the first half of the year, compared to 262m previous period one year ago. .... [more] 21 Oct, 1999
Burger boycott bites in West Bank. Facing a worldwide burger boycott by Arab and Muslim groups, fast food giant Burger King has announced it is closing down a controversial franchise outlet in the Israeli occupied West Bank. .... [more] 27 Aug, 1999

Middle East Protest grows against burger giant. The Arab League is to consider backing a campaign to force the closure of a fast-food outlet in a West Bank Jewish settlement built on land seized during the 1967 war. The American-based company Burger King has franchised a fast food outlet in Maale Adumim - a settlement of 25,000 residents just east of Jerusalem and one of the fastest growing in the West Bank. .... [more] 10 Aug, 1999
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