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UNITED KINGDOM FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE

 
: : Jan/Feb 2000

M&S supplier plunges into loss. Clothing supplier William Baird has been hit by redundancy costs after Marks & Spencer axed its contract. .... [more] 29 Feb, 2000

Yogen Fruz Expands Into United Kingdom (PR). Yogen Fruz World-Wide Incorporated today announced that it has signed a Master Franchise Agreement for the United Kingdom with North Pole Investments Ltd. to open a total of 82 outlets throughout the country. .... 28 Feb, 2000
Slice of the web tops off Domino's results. Domino's Pizza said in less than six months its online e-commerce site had accounted for a 2% slice of its UK delivery sales and web customers brought the group higher margins. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2000
City Centre in Cafe Flo talks. City Centre Restaurants, the quoted restaurant business that owns the Caffe Uno chain, is holding talks with Groupe Flo, the French restaurant business, over a possible acquisition of the Cafe Flo brand in Britain in a deal worth 15m ..... 20 Feb, 2000
Huge surge in retail sales. Retail sales in Britain surged in January, rising 1.5% from December and an unexpected 6.1% compared with a year earlier. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2000
UK retailers cleared of 'rip off' claims. Britain's retailers have been largely cleared of overcharging customers in a government survey comparing prices in four countries published on Saturday. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2000
Fresh blow for M&S as senior executive quits. Marks and Spencer, the fallen star of the UK high street, has been dealt another blow this weekend by the resignation of one of its most senior female executives. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2000
M&S chiefs plough in 2.5m. The directors of Marks & Spencer yesterday put up 2.5m of their own to demonstrate their faith in their ability to turn round the store. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2000
M&S: Green threat repelled. Marks and Spencer on Thursday beat off the threat of a bid from Philip Green as the retail entrepreneur announced he had shelved plans to attempt a takeover of the underperforming high street giant. .... 11 Feb, 2000
Green abandons M&S bid. Tycoon's decision to avoid 'slanging match' drives shares to 10-year low .... [more] 11 Feb, 2000
Green drops bid for M&S. Retail entrepreneur Philip Green has dropped plans to bid for Marks & Spencer. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2000
PizzaExpress confident of topping previous form. Ian Eldridge, chief executive of PizzaExpress, predicted the expanding restaurant chain still "had 10 years' growth in it" .... 8 Feb, 2000
M&S 'bidder' denies insider dealing. Philip Green, the man who wants to take over Marks & Spencer, has denied allegations of insider dealing. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2000
UK retail sales up. Shoppers in the UK rushed to the high street to scoop up bargains in January, according to industry figures. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2000
Wife's purchase of M&S shares under scrutiny. Retail entrepreneur Philip Green last night insisted he and his wife Christina had not broken any City rules when she bought almost 25m worth of Marks & Spencer shares days before their value soared. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2000
M&S bidder in share dealing row. The retail entrepreneur that wants to take over Marks & Spencer is at the centre of insider share-dealing allegations. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2000
M&S prices get the couture touch. Marks & Spencer's new designer clothing will sell for the highest prices the store has ever charged, the company confirmed. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2000
M&S creates 1,000 jobs. Marks & Spencer has announced the creation of 1,000 jobs in a plan to put 4,000 more staff on its sales floors. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2000
Charles Wells Ltd Expands in Eastern Europe (PR). John Bull European Retail Chain Purchased from Allied Domecq. .... 2 Feb, 2000
Fast food chain to create 2,000 jobs. Kentucky Fried Chicken is to create more than 2,000 jobs in the UK as part of a major expansion of its restaurant chain. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2000
Manager with common touch gets the biggest slice of pizza. Unfortunately for the head of a company that insists it is passionate about pizza, Gerry Halpern is on a diet. .... 30 Jan, 2000
Stores within stores at M&S. Marks & Spencer is building "stores within stores" as a sales platform for its new own-brand designer collections. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2000

Marks' fortunes still trending downward. Big problems for Vandevelde. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2000
M&S hopes for brighter future by ditching dowdy image. The troubled retailer, which experienced a 9% drop in sales for Christmas compared with the same period in 1998, hopes its new direction, pegged as offering "something for everyone", will revive the store's fortunes and counter allegations that its clothes are too dowdy. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2000
Marks and Sparks fly. Troubled Marks and Spencer's could be strutting out of the fashion doldrums thanks to its latest women's collection. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2000
Vandevelde offers fresh upheaval for M&S board. Luc Vandevelde, the incoming chairman of ailing retail group Marks & Spencer, is threatening another overhaul of the company's boardroom in order to secure the loyalty of top directors. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2000
M&S bids for image revamp. Struggling retailer Marks & Spencer hopes its sales will be boosted by the launch of a spring and summer womenswear collection aimed at younger shoppers. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2000
Food, glorious food meets new contender. Soaring property prices have made franchising turn away from expanding quite so fast in retailing and look towards services, which need practically no premises. .... 24 Jan, 2000
Don't expect it to be easy. A report from Westminster University says: "Franchising can be a rather more risky venture than franchise industry sources are usually willing to admit." In fact, half the new franchise systems fail in the first four years of operation, a rate fairly similar to those for other new businesses. .... 24 Jan, 2000
M&S goes for Belgian boss. Marks & Spencer has appointed Belgian retail boss Luc Vandevelde as its new executive chairman. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2000
Belgian set to shake up M&S. The appointment of Luc Vandevelde as head of Marks & Spencer ends months of speculation over who would take the chair at the troubled retailer. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2000
M&S chief under threat. Investors give Peter Salsbury three months to improve bottom line or face the chop. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2000
M&S 'chooses French chairman'. Marks & Spencer is reported to have chosen Luc Vandevelde, managing director of French food retailer Promodes, as its new chairman. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2000
Shockvertising: Ads that divide. Lavish TV commercials and glossy mailshots may be the staples of modern advertising - but for those without deep corporate pockets, shock tactics are more appealing. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2000
Christmas Sales Sweeten at Thortons. Chocolates, toffees and ice creams group Thorntons today said sales sweetened impressively over the Christmas period. .... 19 Jan, 2000
Domino's Serves up Extra Sales. Domino's Pizza UK and Ireland, the takeaway and home delivery franchise, today served up a sizzling set of trading figures for Christmas. .... 18 Jan, 2000
Tesco's silence refuels M&S rumour. Tesco yesterday failed to dampen speculation that it might bid for Marks & Spencer when it failed to issue any denial in its Christmas trading statement. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2000
Bid speculation puts M&S shares on rebound. Shares in Marks & Spencer, the fallen star of the high street, are expected to soar this morning amid intense speculation that a bidding war for the group is about to erupt. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2000
M&S sales plummet. Troubled high street chain Marks & Spencer has said that Christmas sales slumped 5.3% in the six weeks to 8 January. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2000
Time gentlemen please. British brewing and leisure group Whitbread is to quit its 250-year-old head office in Chiswell street in the City of London for smaller offices around the corner by the end of the year. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2000
M&S: A brand new challenge. Building up a brand which is known, trusted and admired is one of the hardest tasks for a modern business. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2000
M&S sued by supplier. Clothing maker William Baird is to sue Marks & Spencer over the sudden termination of its supply agreement last October. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2000
Kingfisher leads retail share dive. Woolworths owner Kingfisher has dragged down a host of retail shares after forecasting a squeeze on profits and describing the competition as getting "tougher year by year". .... [more] 11 Jan, 2000
M&S hires top image consultant . Marks & Spencer is planning to revamp its image with the help of the prestigious design consultancy, Interbrand Gerstman+Meyers. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2000
Belgo Warns on Profits. Shares in ritzy restaurants group Belgo slumped today after the company warned its annual earnings would fail to meet City expectations. .... 11 Jan, 2000
Yes, there was a Christmas boom. CBI finds evidence for festive surge led by furniture and carpets, but profits are squeezed. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2000
M&S does not need to cut jobs, says union. Marks & Spencer remains one of the most profitable store groups in the world and should abandon cost-cutting plans to source more goods from overseas which are causing thousands of UK job losses, the GMB union said yesterday. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2000
Strong retail sales in December. UK retailers have had a good Christmas. Retail sales volumes in December were at their strongest level in more than two years. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2000
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