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: : Nov/Dec 2003 sees monthly sales top 1m. Retail chain bucked the general gloomy signals coming from retailers yesterday, announcing its total monthly sales had broken the 1 million barrier for the first time. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2003
Scots retailers to lobby against New Year closure plan. Scottish retailers revealed last night they plan to launch a major lobbying effort to prevent Holyrood legislation that would ban large stores from trading on New Year's Day. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2003
Dejected stores count on 11th-hour rush. Pre-Christmas sales fail to attract more shoppers to the high street. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2003
Retailers suffering Christmas gloom. Anecdotal evidence of the poor Christmas trading experienced by many retailers was backed up by leaked figures at the weekend, which showed Marks & Spencers and other specialists in fashion and women's clothing suffering the most. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2003
M&S 'hit by weak Christmas sales' UK retail giant. Marks & Spencer has suffered a sharp drop in pre-Christmas clothing sales, press reports claim. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2003
Fashion sales plummet at M&S. Thousands of Marks & Spencer staff are set to miss out on their annual bonus after a huge slump in clothing sales at the High Street giant this Christmas. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2003
Farmer Autocare marks return to basics. Sir Tom Farmer has unveiled the details of his new car repair business - which he says offers would-be entrepreneurs the chance to make a typical 250 per cent capital return on an investment over five years. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2003
In good company. Want to run your own business but scared of the risk? Buying a franchise could be the perfect solution, says Suzanna Drew-Edwards. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2003
Retailers braced for a miserable Christmas as shares tumble. High Street retailers are hoping for a last minute surge in sales as they face the prospect of the worst trading Christmas in years. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2003
Esquires brand will live on, says new owner. THE collapse of the company controlling the Esquires Coffee House franchises last night grew more complex as the Edinburgh solicitor aiming to revive the brand mounted a robust defence of his new operation. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2003
Esquires coffee chain crashes. The Scottish company behind one of the UK's fastest growing coffee franchises is set to go into liquidation, leaving in its wake a trail of bad debt and creditors. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2003
Speyside Hotel Launches Restaurant With Innovative Partnership. A nine bedroom hotel in the heart of Speyside is believed to be the first of its size to franchise out its restaurant operation. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2003
Business without the birth pains. Don't assume that a franchise has to be started from scratch. Many existing franchisees are looking to sell their businesses, which provides opportunities. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2003
Benefits of being a team player. The first step has been taken: the franchise has been set up. Now comes the task of developing a customer or client base. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2003
Starbucks chain stays on the boil. Coffee chain Starbucks is racking up growth of between 8% and 9% in like-for-like British sales despite speculation that the steam is coming out of the High Street market. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2003
Irish sandwich bars chain to spread. One of Britain's biggest sandwich bar chains has finally decided the time is right to move into the London market. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2003

McDonald's may no longer relish Pret. McDonald's heightened speculation that it would pull out of its investment in Pret A Manger after scrapping its stake in the sandwich chain's Japanese arm. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2003
Drag Queens Celebrate O'Briens Award in a Giant Coffee Cup. Coffee lovers Imperial and Davina Devine (Drag Queens) are joining Derek Mc Donnell, (CEO Deemac Coffee Services) and Bernadette McCullagh, (Group Marketing Manager O'Briens) and the O'Briens staff to celebrate the first O'Briens Quality Growth Coffee Awards in a life size coffee cup, measuring two metres high and two metres wide. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2003
Clothing stores riding crest of a wave. The popularity of extreme sports such as snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding has grown immeasurably over the past decade, to a point where it is now becoming an established part of mainstream culture. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2003
Pack-IT: winner of the Enterprising Solutions 03 Awards. Three years ago some Rothschilds bankers and Deloitte & Touche accountants turned up on Pack-IT's doorstep. They wanted an equity stake in the Cardiff-based contract packing, fulfilment and despatch business. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2003
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