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[custom id="181"] The wait is over. Christmas is officially here. John Lewis has revealed its latest festive advert. Called Man on the Moon, the tearjerking ad shows a young girl – Lily – watching an elderly man who sits alone on the moon. After a few failed attempts to contact him, she finally manages to get a [...]
Dry cleaning to clothes hire company Johnson Service Group yesterday revealed an 80 per cent plunge in first half profits due to tough trading conditions. Johnson has been weathering a troubled period following its shares collapse last year. The group reported pre-tax profit of £0.4m, compared with £2.3m last year as revenue slumped 18 per [...]
Travel company Thomas Cook yesterday lost its epic battle for compensation from the European Commission for preventing Airtours, now called MyTravel, from merging with First Choice Holidays in 1999. The European Court of First Instance said that Thomas Cook, which now owns MyTravel, was not due any compensation. This was despite its own landmark ruling [...]
Whitbread, Britain’s biggest hotel and restaurants operator, yesterday emerged as a rare winner in the consumer slowdown, revealing a boost in sales in the first half of this year. Whitbread’s Premier Inn budget hotel chain accounts for about 70 per cent of total profits. Premier Inn had total sales up 17.9 per cent and like-for-like [...]
The World’s biggest speciality jewellery retailer, Signet, has announced a 7.8 per cent fall in first half pre-tax profit, slightly better than analysts had feared. Signet warned that the consumer environment in both the US and the UK remained “very challenging”. Investec had forecast profits of $75.3m (£42.3m), five per cent lower than those reported. [...]
Ardeshir Naghshineth, the largest shareholder in Woolworths, has backed the struggling retailer’s management team in rejecting a £50m takeover bid from Iceland founder Malcolm Walker. Iranian property investor Naghshineth, said to be worth an estimated £500m, has a 10.2 per cent stake in the firm and was yesterday reported to consider Walker’s bid as being [...]
Bookmaker Paddy Power yesterday slashed its annual earnings forecasts, prompting a slump in its stock market value as investors dumped shares in the Dublin-based company. Winnings in favour of customers backing Irish golfer Padraig Hamilton at both the British Open and the US PGA championship as well as in almost two thirds of matches played [...]
Troubled retailer Woolworths yesterday played down reports that its chief executive Robert North was due to meet with Iceland entrepreneur Malcolm Walker. Reports had suggested the two sides were certain to get together for crucial takeover talks later this week. It emerged last week that Woolworths had rejected a £50m takeover approach from a consortium, [...]
Tui Travel, Europe’s largest travel operator, said holiday booking continued to be robust as customers were not prepared to forgo their summer holiday despite the credit crunch. Chief executive Peter Long said the group’s “power brands” – Thomson in the UK and Tui in Germany – were holding up well in the economic climate. “It [...]
With the Premiership football season due to kick off tomorrow, London’s top-flight clubs appear to be immune to the ravages of the credit crunch, with some hopeful of attracting more fans than ever before. The stars of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Fulham take to the pitch in the knowledge that fans are [...]
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