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Ikea starts credit card charges. Furniture retailer Ikea on Wednesday introduced a 70p extra charge for customers purchasing items by credit card. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2004
M&S reviews policy of easy refunds. Devotees of Marks & Spencer who are accustomed to leaving the store with extravagant piles of clothes, safe in the knowledge that they can return the items at their leisure, may soon have to reform their shopping habits. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2004
Dollar and Thrifty U.K. Franchisee to Open In-Terminal in Gatwick. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that Flightform Ltd., the company's master franchisee for the Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental brands in the U.K., will open in-terminal locations in Gatwick Airport for the first time. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2004
M&S loses clothes crown to Asda. Marks & Spencer, a stalwart of the UK High Street, has lost its crown as the country's largest clothing retailer. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2004
Contours Express to hit the UK. Following the signing of a master franchise agreement in the UK with master franchisee Jason Chong, the first Contours Express club should open in early 2005. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2004
Dyno-Rod in Centrica's sights? A possible new bidder for Dyno-Rod emerged today after reports said British Gas owner Centrica was in talks to buy the drain cleaning business. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2004
Green plays the Grinch with Christmas challenge to M&S. Philip Green, the retail billionaire, is planning a TV advertising campaign for two of his main brands, which will increase the pressure on his elusive takeover target, Marks & Spencer. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2004
Dyno-Rod owner bales out of sale. The £60m sale and flotation of Britain's leading drain-clearing company, Dyno-Rod, collapsed last night after potential buyers failed to agree a deal with the founder of the business. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2004
Drive is on to promote franchising. The BFA is working with the Government to push franchising as a mainstream work route for entrepreneurial individuals. The sector will be promoted by Business Link, the government business advice service, and by Regional Development Agencies. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2004
Dyno-Rod float suffers last-minute hitch over funding. The flotation of Dyno-Rod was in the balance yesterday after its proposed new management team failed to raise enough money to buy the drain-clearing company from its American founder. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2004
Happy Meal boost for McDonald's. McDonald's says it has been overwhelmed by the surging demand for its new Happy Meal for adults in the UK. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2004
Myners sticks with M&S. Paul Myners, the stand-in chairman of Marks & Spencer who was central to the store group's successful bid defence, is to stay on in the top job until next summer. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2004
IKEA to charge for using credit cards. Furniture group IKEA is to charge its British customers 70p extra whenever they use a credit card. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2004
Franchising takes firm into the wide Blue yonder. Franchising can be an ideal business model for companies wanting to reach niche markets, says Ian Fraser, founder of IT services company Blue. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2004
Spirit of Radice lives on as M&S launches Home store. Marks & Spencer's ill-fated Lifestore project may have been axed when Stuart Rose, the new chief executive, unveiled his blueprint for the retailer's future three weeks ago, but its spirit lived on yesterday when the group pressed ahead with the opening of a home furnishings store. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2004
Schoolwear centre's expansion plan. Norfolk-based National Schoolwear Centres has opened a flagship store in Norwich as part of an aggressive expansion plan. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2004
French Connection hit by fashion bible's tirade. Drapers Record, widely viewed as the bible for the fashion industry, was blamed yesterday for an 8 per cent drop in the shares of French Connection as the latest issue of the magazine published a brutal attack on the group's famous FCUK brand. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2004

Monsoon fashions menswear range. Monsoon, the womenswear retailer, is to launch its first menswear collection this autumn as it steps up its expansion programme. .... [more] 27 Jul, 2004
Moss Bros faces new speculation as Ahmed sells stake. Takeover speculation is set to reignite today around Moss Bros, the formalwear retailer, after Kevin Stanford, the founder of the Karen Millen female fashions empire, took his stake from 6 to 28 per cent. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2004
Small firms 'lead hiring drive'. Small firms in the UK are in the middle of a hiring boom as they face a shortage of skilled workers, a new survey suggests. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2004
M&S 'looking to expand into Russia and China'. High street retailer Marks & Spencer is considering opening stores in Russia and China, it was reported today. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2004
M&S's Green bill comes to £40m. Marks & Spencer's successful defence against the marauding retail tycoon Philip Green came at a high price with the total bill for its army of advisers likely to top £40m. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2004
DeLuca's bread. Fred DeLuca nets an estimated $140m a year from the Subway 'submarine' sandwich group he founded, but his appetite for expansion is unsated. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2004
Green pledges High Street battle. Spurned retail tycoon Philip Green has vowed to wage a High Street war on Marks & Spencer after abandoning his £9.1bn takeover approach. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2004
Time 'running out' for M&S bid. Entrepreneur Philip Green has thrown down the gauntlet to M&S shareholders, telling them to act now if they want him to make a formal offer. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2004
M&S reveals plans to thwart takeover. Marks & Spencer today promised to refocus on core values and return £2.3bn to shareholders as it unveiled its strategy to fend off a takeover bid by the retail tycoon Philip Green. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2004
Green faces £1.6bn pension fund shock in bid for Marks & Spencer. Philip Green may have to find up to £1.6bn extra to plug the deficit in Marks & Spencer's pension scheme if he succeeds in his £9.1bn bid for the retailer. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2004
M&S rejects latest takeover bid. Marks & Spencer today rejected a £9.1bn takeover proposal from retail tycoon Philip Green, saying it continued to significantly undervalue the group and its prospects. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2004
Green makes £9bn M&S proposal. Retail tycoon Philip Green today turned up the pressure on Marks & Spencer by increasing his proposed takeover offer to around £9bn. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2004
Green given deadline for M&S bid. The UK's Takeover Panel has given entrepreneur Philip Green until midday on 6 August to make a formal offer for High Street retailer Marks & Spencer. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2004
Claims Direct to make 'ethical' comeback. Claims Direct, the controversial personal injury company which collapsed in 2002 amid a barrage of bad publicity, is to be reopened by its new owners. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2004
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