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: : Jul-Dec 2000

The (haircare) empire strikes back. Perfectly coiffed and immaculately turned out, Rodney Wayne bears just the faintest trace of worry lines on his bronzed face. .... 29 Dec, 2000
$12m buys Harvey control of Thomas Cook in Australasia. Two leading players in the travel industry are to merge under Harvey World Travel's Australasian-wide buyout of Thomas Cook. .... 12 Dec, 2000
Planning flaws marred mail bid. Was National Mail the victim of a regulatory environment weighted in favour of New Zealand Post, or was it simply the casualty of a flawed business plan? .... [more] 13 Dec, 2000
Pizza merger eats into chain's profit. Restaurant Brands says the cost of merging its Eagle Boys and Pizza Hut chains affected sales and margins this year. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2000
Video, Internet combo deal. Video franchise chain Video Ezy launched a dial-up Internet service this week, offering customers Internet access and "free" new-release videos as part of a flat rate package costing $24.95 a month. .... 5 Dec, 2000
Freedom close to NZ profit. Australian furniture retailer Freedom Group hopes to turn a profit in New Zealand within the next 18 months. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2000
Herald Pizza Hut coverage wins award. The Business Herald's acting business editor, Karyn Scherer, has won the inaugural Media Award in the 2000 WestpacTrust New Zealand Franchise Awards. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2000
Top award for Timaru business. The owners of Timaru's Robert Harris coffee shop have been named New Zealand's franchise owners of the year. .... 13 Nov, 2000
Basic transactions 'not a problem.' Basic banking transactions would not cause a problem if New Zealand Post was to run the Kiwi Bank, Timaru Books and More: New Zealand Post franchise holder Keith McRobie said yesterday. .... 8 Nov, 2000
Big slice taken of fast-food company. The country's biggest fund manager has gobbled up a large slice of fast-food company Restaurant Brands. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2000
Franchise lesson in restaurant chain's troubles. Simon Hendery finds that while franchising seems to be in good health, there are pitfalls - among them too-rapid expansion. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2000
Placemakers adds Hubbys to stock. Know how, can even do it for you. That's DIY specialists Placemakers' new motto, after going into business with the hugely successful Hire-A-Hubby franchise. .... 23 Oct, 2000
Angry Australian owners put heat on Valentines. Disgruntled owners of Valentines restaurants in Australia are threatening to sue the franchised chain's New Zealand founders over a spate of business failures across the Tasman. .... 14 Oct, 2000
Fast-food staff can fast-track their training. Fast-food chain McDonald's has become the first private company to offer staff a comprehensive programme of on-the-job training courses recognised under the national qualifications framework. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2000
Real deal pitches rivals into turf war. Cruising the streets to check out the state of real estate is a favourite weekend pastime of many Aucklanders. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2000
Eatery curries favour up north. Popular Indian restaurant The Curry Club has announced plans to franchise, with two stores expected to open next year in Hawke's Bay. .... 29 Sep, 2000
Sales lift warms retailers' winter. Estimated retail sales for last month are three times better than economists predicted. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2000
Restaurant Brands dines out on result . Restaurant Brands' third-quarter sales at KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks rose 7.4 per cent to $52.97 million but were affected by the merger of Eagle Boys with Pizza Hut. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2000
Furnishings rivals play house. Australia's Freedom Group is planning a push into the provinces through an alliance with a former rival in the home furnishings business. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2000

National retailers seek food court franchisees. National food retailers Subway Sandwiches and Salads and Muffin Break were ready to set up in an Invercargill food court as soon as they found franchise operators, developer Ross Wensley said. .... 28 Aug, 2000
Paper Plus canvas reluctant franchisees. Paper Plus still has to convince a quarter of the Topline and Paper World stores to join a bigger merged cooperative. .... 16 Aug, 2000
Picton restaurateurs open North Island franchise. Picton couple Ian and Sally Holt, who set up Holty's Restaurant and Bar in the town almost seven years ago, are opening their first franchise in the North Island. .... 9 Aug, 2000
New chapter for book business. The buoyant book market has expanded to cope with the arrival of global giant Borders and the revival of Australian franchise Dymocks. .... 7 Aug, 2000
June retail sales up 0.2 pct. Retail sales were 0.2 percent higher in June than in May, lifting to a seasonally adjusted $3.59 billion, according to Statistics New Zealand estimates released. .... 22 Jul, 2000
Coffee the Rising Star in Restaurant Brands Half-year Profit Jump. RBD's investment in Starbucks appears to be paying early dividends. The chain of coffee outlets has produced its first positive result after just 18 months operation, and the company says future contribution is expected to grow as the chain develops. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2000
Taranaki firm branches out. Computerland Taranaki has bought the company's franchises in Wanganui and Palmerston North. .... 17 Jul, 2000
Dymocks shuts up shop in Hamilton. Australian book chain Dymocks is closing one of its New Zealand stores at the end of this month, but the chain insists it still wants to expand on this side of the Tasman. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2000
Hotel chain moves into apartment management. International upmarket hotel company Hyatt is moving into the management of individual, privately-owned apartments. .... 12 Jul, 2000
Harvey Norman to create 60-70 jobs in Dunedin. International retailer Harvey Norman will open a multi-million homeware and computer store in Dunedin at Christmas next year, employing between 60 and 70 people. .... 8 Jul, 2000
Retail sales weak. Retail sales were weak in May, in line with tumbling consumer confidence. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2000
Body Shop puts a new face on charity. The benefits of attaching your company name to a well-regarded rescue helicopter or popular appeal to help fight children's illness are well known by consumers and corporates alike. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2000
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