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Kasmira Jefford covers retail, consumer and property news at City A.M.
Portmeirion, the owner of Spode and Royal Worcester has bought candles to go with its tableware after snapping up Wax Lyrical for £17.5m. The Aim-listed firm said it has acquired the entire share capital of Lighthouse Holdings, the parent company of the Lake District business and the UK's biggest manufacturer of home fragrances. Wax Lyrical is both [...]
Derwent London said it has let two more floors at its White Collar Factory scheme in east London to credit card company Capital One. The announcement comes as the developer shrugs off uncertainty in the market to post a strong quarterly update. FTSE 250 constituent Derwent said Capital One has pre-let 29,500 square feet in the scheme's 16-storey tower [...]
Rental prices rose in all but one region of the UK over three months to April, new figures show, despite concerns about the impact of higher stamp duty charges. Insurer HomeLet's latest rental index reveals that rents outside of London were, on average, 5.1 per cent higher over the three months to April than in the same period of last year. That compares [...]
Intu, the shopping centre giant, said it is on track to post a jump in rental income this year as consumers continued to flock through its doors. The FTSE 100 retail landlord, which owns more than 15 major shopping centres including Intu Lakeside, Merry Hill and Braehead, said footfall rose by 1.4 per cent in the year [...]
Travel caterer SSP has a £280m contract to run three outlets inside a food court at Abu Dhabi International airport, paving the way for further expansion in the Middle East. SSP said the three units in the airport's new Midfield Terminal Building will feature 17 different international and local brands although it didn't disclose the names. The [...]
Investors appear to have put Brexit fears aside in the first quarter after splurging £3.5bn on London's office market, new research reveals. Real estate firm CBRE's quarterly figures show that total investment volumes were down 14 per cent on the previous quarter after a particularly strong end to 2015. However, this was on par with the first quarter [...]
Businesses will have to stump up much as £11bn in extra wage costs over the next four years to meet the chancellor's National Living Wage (NLW) target of £9 per hour, new research has warned. The report, by property firm Bilfinger GVA, estimates that the new hourly rate of £7.20 per hour for over 25 year olds will cost businesses around [...]
Adidas has confirmed plans to sell its loss-making golf business after putting it up for review last year. The German sportswear group said it will start seeking out buyers for its TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth golf brands. However, it plans to keep Adidas-branded golf shoes and clothing, which account for about 40 per cent of the business. "TaylorMade [...]
Over 55 year-olds have more wealth locked up in their property than their total pension savings combined, a new survey shows. The study, by high net worth adviser Bower Private Clients, found that 58 per cent of over 55 year-olds estimate that their mortgage-free home is worth more than the combined value of their and their partner’s pension [...]
Business secretary Sajid Javid has ordered a government investigation into the collapse of high street retailer BHS and the conduct of the directors involved. BHS entered administration in April after running out of cash. Speaking in the House of Commons, Javid confirmed that he has written to the chief executive of the Insolvency Service, Sarah Albon, instructing her to [...]
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