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: : Jan/Feb 2001

Court blow for M&S supplier.The Court of Appeal has ruled that a claim for losses and damages against Marks & Spencer by one of its suppliers will not be allowed to go to trial. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2001
RELATED - Traditional retailers eye online future. News that John Lewis has bought the UK arm of Buy.com is just the latest development in the shake-out of dot.com retailers. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2001
Icelandic retailer raises Arcadia stake. Arcadia, owner of the Miss Selfridge and Top Shop chains, revealed yesterday that an investment vehicle led by Icelandic retailer Baugur had increased its stake in the company from 8.95pc to 10.8pc. .... 7 Feb, 2001
PizzaExpress rockets up the revenue menu. A spicing up of the already popular PizzaExpress menu has translated into a 10% increase in like for like sales at the company's 256 restaurants in Britain. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2001
Supermarket sales boost profits of Pizza Express. IAN ELDRIDGE, chief executive of Pizza Express, said yesterday that pre-tax profits rose 30pc to 19.5m in the last six months of 2000. .... 6 Feb, 2001
PizzaExpress targets air travellers. Air travellers and conference goers are the latest customers being targeted by expanding restaurant chain PizzaExpress, which has announced profits up by almost one third. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2001
Timeline: Marks and Spencer. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2001
Franchising: More of a guardian angel than seven steps to heaven. Follow this plan and avoid the disasters, says Michael Becket. .... 29 Jan, 2001
M&S chief blames Greenbury for slump. The chairman of Marks & Spencer, Luc Vandevelde, has put the blame for the company's decline on his predecessor Sir Richard Greenbury. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2001
Get rich quick schemes: Something fishy's going on: Two years after we alerted readers about a dodgy franchise operation the DTI has shut it down. .... 27 Jan, 2001
Nomura's Guy Hands buys his first hotels. Guy Hands, head of Nomura's private equity arm, bought his first hotels on Friday in a move which may step up his interest in the world's largest hotels auction for the old Forte empire. .... 26 Jan, 2001
Icelandic interest boosts Arcadia. Arcadia shares jumped another 6.5 to 138.5p yesterday after three Icelandic companies - led by Iceland's biggest retailer, Baugur - announced that they have increased their stake in the Dorothy Perkins, Top Shop and Evans group to 8.95pc. .... 25 Jan, 2001
BSE fears eat into McDonalds profits. European consumers have started to shun McDonalds amid fears that its burgers might be infected with BSE - mad cow disease. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2001
Fresh slump expected at M&S. Embattled retailer Marks & Spencer is widely expected to unveil a further set of disastrous sales figures on Tuesday. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2001
Ailing Arcadia's shareholders attack new chief's millions. Shareholders in Arcadia, the stores group which came close to collapse last year, yesterday lambasted the multi-million pound pay package offered to new chief executive Stuart Rose. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2001
Arcadia sees sales up. The UK's second biggest fashion retailer, Arcadia, has become the latest company on the High Street to announce a boost in sales over Christmas. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2001

M&S fights compensation claim. The legal wranglings between the troubled retailer, Marks & Spencer and one of its former clothing suppliers resume today with more than 50m of compensation at stake. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2001
PizzaExpress may open 200 restaurants in Spain. PizzaExpress yesterday signalled ambitious expansion plans for Spain, saying it could open up to 200 restaurants on the Iberian peninsula by 2011 if its recipes proved a hit. .... 16 Jan, 2001
Body Shop shares slump. Shares in The Body Shop dropped 25% in early trading after the UK ethical cosmetics and personal grooming chain issued a profits warning. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2001
Talk of Diageo bid for Foster's. The UK's Guinness and Burger King group, Diageo, is considering a 4 billion ($10.5 billion) bid for Foster's Brewing Group, according to a report in the British Sunday newspaper, The Observer. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2001
RELATED (Internet) - High street names 'to beat dot.coms.' Established stores are poised to outcompete dot.coms in the battle for etail trade, supermarket giant Tesco has said. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2001
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