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Aussie UK planning to serve up shares. The UK franchisee of Outback Steakhouse, the Australian-themed restaurant chain, has appointed City advisers to raise funds for expansion as the first step towards a possible flotation. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2005

Domino's profit climbs but openings sliced. Pizza delivery chain Domino’s today served up record profits, but said a shortage of new franchisees had stopped it hitting its annual store opening target. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2005

Little Chef set to become smaller. The Little Chef chain of restaurants is to be broken up, and the brand name so familiar to British motorway users could disappear, said the Sunday Times. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2005

M&S price cuts send chill through City. Fears are growing that trading at Marks & Spencer is deteriorating after the high-street giant began slashing prices. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2005

We had some credibility issues, admits M&S stalker. The might of London's financial regulators finally caught up with Mark Paulsmeier yesterday. The South African venture capitalist who started the week with a buyout proposal, threw in the towel. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2005

Kwik-Fit will be floated or sold. The owner of Kwik-Fit has appointed Deutsche Bank to advise on a possible sale or flotation of the car tyre and exhaust business. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2005

Green backs off as M&S bidder looms. The Takeover Panel launched an investigation yesterday into the South African "financier" who claims to be ready to launch a £10.5bn hostile bid for Marks & Spencer. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2005

M&C eyes possible disposal of Copthorne. Millennium& Copthorne Hotels (M&C) has appointed a separate management team to run its Copthorne chain in the UK in what could be the first step towards an eventual sale. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2005

Green quashes new M&S bid rumours. Retail entrepreneur Philip Green has denied rumours he is to launch another takeover bid for Marks & Spencer. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2005

Somerfield keen to buy Texaco's shops. Somerfield, the supermarket group being stalked by Baugur, revealed yesterday it is in talks to acquire 140 Texaco petrol stations in an attempt to expand its control of the convenience store sector. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2005

'McLibel' pair win legal aid case. Two activists should have been given legal aid in their long fight against a McDonald's libel action, a court says. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2005

Green buys Allders stores in fresh challenge to M&S. Philip Green's Bhs group is to go head-to-head with Marks & Spencer in the competitive home furnishings market after his purchase yesterday of 10 Allders stores. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2005

Clothing success began in a garage. A Yorkshire woman who borrowed £1,000 to launch her own business in a garage making clothes for elderly women is now planning to franchise the enterprise to 60 areas nationwide. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2005

McDonald's to sponsor show on MTV. McDonald's, the world's largest restaurant chain, is to sponsor a programme on music channel MTV as part of its latest youth market promotion. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2005

Crush chaos at Ikea store opening. Several people were hurt in the crush as thousands flocked to the midnight opening of Ikea's newest store. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2005

Search on for top franchisor. Franchise holders throughout Scotland are being challenged to put themselves forward in a bid to find the top-performing companies in an industry worth around £10 billion a year. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2005

Brunei royals lose $153m case to UK businessman. A British businessman has won a £50 million legal ruling against members of the Brunei royal family for breaching an investment agreement to launch The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain in the United Kingdom. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2005

Laura Ashley To Be Put Up For Sale? Flagging UK high-street retailer Laura Ashley may be put up for sale within the next few weeks according to a source quoted by the Mail on Sunday. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2005
M&S tax victory will cause 'grave dangers'. A victory for Marks & Spencer in its claim that British tax rules illegally discriminate against companies operating in Europe would cause a "grave danger" to the efficiency and fairness of the UK tax system. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2005
World's Largest Internet Consultants Open Office in London. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, WSI"s latest office based in Bromley will be run by Guy Kirkham, providing businesses with specialized Internet business strategies. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2005
Art of bartering could create 150 jobs. A firm that promotes the ancient art of bartering is looking to open three franchise operations in the North West and create up to 150 jobs. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2005
Christmas sales leave bitter taste at Thorntons. Chocolate retailer Thorntons today posted a far from sweet set of Christmas sales figures despite a last-minute rush to its stores. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2005
From franchise theory to the driving seat. Simon Wise has decided to practise what he has been preaching for the past seven years. In December he quit a secure, well-paid job as deputy director-general of the British Franchise Association to become a franchisee. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2005
Get a piece of the lunchtime action. Edinburgh's first Make Your Own sandwich bar was due to officially open for business today in the city’s West End. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2005
Laura Ashley sticks with 'upmarket' range despite falling sales. Laura Ashley insisted it would not abandon its attempt to take its clothing range upmarket despite admitting sales are still plummeting. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2005
United Carpets in an expansion mode. Already having 50 stores in the north west and central England, United Carpets plans to expand further with 24 franchises in the north west over the next three years. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2005
Second-Hand Sales Boom for Cash Generator. Second-hand goods retailer Cash Generator today announced record Christmas sales, attributing the rise in trade to the UK’s obsession with recycling used goods and eBay. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2005
Former M&S chief takes over East. The former Marks & Spencer design supremo Yasmin Yusuf is to take control of the fashion chain East, it was announced yesterday. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2005
Monsoon growth bucks Christmas trend. The fashion chain Monsoon today reported strong sales growth over the Christmas period, despite a generally difficult climate for retailers. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2005
Warm winter hits Burberry's UK sales. The fashion house Burberry today reported weak sales in the UK over the Christmas season, with warm weather holding back the sales of its raincoats. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2005
'Blockbuster' pizza boosts Domino's. Pizza delivery chain Domino’s today said the popularity of a new double-layer pizza helped it serve up strong Christmas sales. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2005
Mums set up water babies classes. Two mothers have given up work to set up the new "water babies" classes after they saw for themselves the transformation the lessons had on their own infants. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2005
Laura Ashley chief stepping down. Laura Ashley is parting company with its chief executive Ainum Mohd-Saaid. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2005
M&S 'renaissance' descends into baroque farce. For M&S, 2004 will be remembered as a monumental year: less Magic & Sparkle, more Manic & Startling. .... [more] 1 Jan, 2005
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