Alys Key


Retail and leisure reporter

Social media


Veteran restaurant investor Luke Johnson has said he is still "optimistic" about the leisure sector despite recent high-profile [...]

22 August

The competition watchdog is investigating a merger between the maker of Rowse Honey and one of the leading independent confectioners [...]

22 August

The Hut Group, one of the UK's largest private companies, has taken up extra office space to accommodate its rapidly expanding [...]

22 August

Debenhams has named Rachel Osborne as its new chief financial officer at a crucial time for the retailer amid the crisis on [...]

22 August

Yo! Sushi increased sales last year ahead of two major acquisitions which could see the company expand into the grocery sector [...]

21 August

House of Fraser's flagship branch on Oxford Street has been saved from closure after new owners Sports Direct pledged to keep [...]

21 August

Brokers are hitting “like” on companies that have strong social media engagement, as UBS yesterday became the latest to factor [...]

21 August

Phone repair company iSmash is eyeing a range of partnerships including deals with insurance companies as it expands. [...]

20 August

Shares in Mulberry plummeted as much as 30 per cent this morning as it said that the restructuring of House of Fraser could cost [...]

20 August

Events around House of Fraser moved so fast on Friday morning that people could have left their house to the news that the retailer [...]

12 August

Mike Ashley has promised to turn House of Fraser into the "Harrods of the high street" after buying the company for £90m. [...]

10 August

A glimmer of hope has appeared for Poundworld after an Irish retail family swooped in to buy the business on its last day of [...]

9 August

House of Fraser has turned away a “lowball” offer by a businessman to take over its 31 stores which are set for closure, [...]

7 August

Wickes parent Travis Perkins warned this morning that the home improvement retailer's profits will be lower than expected due [...]

31 July

An audacious bid to fill the House of Fraser branch in the City has been stopped in its tracks, after the landlord opted to sit [...]

30 July