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Jul 2, 2015

Qualifier Brown hammers Nadal out of Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – Two-times champion Rafa Nadal’s appalling recent run at Wimbledon continued on Thursday as he crashed out in the second round after being out-muscled and out-thought in four sets by an inspired Dustin Brown of Germany.

The Spaniard, who has slipped down the sport’s pecking order and was seeded 10 after a year of injury and below-par performances, fell 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 as Brown, ranked 102 in the world, unleashed a barrage of thunderous serves and ground strokes, mixed with clever drop shots to seal a shock victory.

Jul 2, 2015

Tennis-Qualifier Brown hammers Nadal out of Wimbledon

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – Two-times champion Rafa Nadal’s appalling recent run at Wimbledon continued on Thursday as he crashed out in the second round after being out-muscled and out-thought in four sets by an inspired Dustin Brown of Germany.

The Spaniard, who has slipped down the sport’s pecking order and was seeded 10 after a year of injury and below-par performances, fell 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 as Brown, ranked 102 in the world, unleashed a barrage of thunderous serves and ground strokes, mixed with clever drop shots to seal a shock victory.

Jul 2, 2015

Wildcard Ward joins Murray in Wimbledon third round

LONDON (Reuters) – British wildcard James Ward battled past Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic on Thursday to reach the third round of Wimbledon for the first time, delighting a vociferous home crowd.

The 6-2 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 victory on a sun-baked Court Two moved Ward into the top 100 and meant Britain had more than one man in Wimbledon’s third round for the first time since 2002, after his rather more celebrated compatriot Andy Murray also went through.

Jul 2, 2015

Tennis-Wildcard Ward joins Murray in Wimbledon third round

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – British wildcard James Ward battled past Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic on Thursday to reach the third round of Wimbledon for the first time, delighting a vociferous home crowd.

The 6-2 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 victory on a sun-baked Court Two moved Ward into the top 100 and meant Britain had more than one man in Wimbledon’s third round for the first time since 2002, after his rather more celebrated compatriot Andy Murray also went through.

Jun 30, 2015

Tesco seeks fresh start with suppliers who survive cull

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Suppliers to Tesco can
expect a better deal from Britain’s biggest supermarket chain as
it tries to sustain a tentative revival — providing their wares
survive a cull that is removing thousands of products from
shelves.

Last week Tesco enjoyed the first fruits of a radical
shake-up of its 3,000 British suppliers as new deals and changes
to product ranges helped to feed price reductions that drove
better than expected quarterly sales.

Jun 26, 2015

Tesco shows signs of UK recovery as turnaround plan takes shape

LONDON (Reuters) – Price cuts and better service helped Tesco (TSCO.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to win back shoppers in the first quarter of its financial year, Britain’s biggest retailer said on Friday, suggesting new boss Dave Lewis’s turnaround plan is starting to bear fruit.

Tesco has had a horrendous 18 months, with competition from fast-growing discounters Aldi and Lidl compounded by an accounting scandal that drove it to a record annual loss.

Jun 26, 2015

Tesco shows signs of recovery in key home market

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest supermarket
operator Tesco said sales had declined less than
expected in its first quarter, indicating a tentative recovery
in its key home market could be starting to move on to a
stronger footing.

Tesco, which endured a horrendous 18 months marred by profit
warnings, a record statutory loss and an accounting scandal,
said on Friday sales at British stores open for more than a year
fell 1.3 percent over the 13 weeks to May 30, against analyst
forecasts of a decline of between 1.6 percent and 3 percent.

Jun 23, 2015

Ladbrokes shares leap on $5 billion Gala Coral merger talks

By Kate Holton and Neil Maidment

(Reuters) – Shares in British bookmaker Ladbrokes (LAD.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) jumped 20 percent on Tuesday on news of its merger talks with Gala Coral, designed to create a $5 billion giant with the firepower to get ahead in the key online gambling market.

The talks are the first major move by Ladbrokes Chief Executive Jim Mullen, who was appointed in March with a remit to grow digital services at Britain’s second biggest bookmaker and close the gap on market leader William Hill (WMH.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Jun 16, 2015

Britain to review Royal Mail regulation after rival exits market

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – A British watchdog said it would
review the regulation of Royal Mail after the withdrawal
of rival Whistl from the direct delivery letter market left the
former state-owned provider with no national competition.

Ofcom said on Tuesday the review would ensure the universal
postal service, which guarantees a single-priced, six day a week
service across the country, was secured.

Jun 16, 2015

Premier Inn and Costa Coffee demand sends Whitbread sales up

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – Britain’s Whitbread
posted a 4.3 percent rise in first quarter underlying group
sales on Tuesday, helped by strong demand at its budget hotel
chain Premier Inn and continued growth in its Costa Coffee
business.

The company also announced that Lloyds Banking Group
executive Alison Brittain would join Whitbread as CEO
designate on Sept. 28 and replace outgoing Andy Harrison as its
boss in December, a month earlier than originally planned.

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      "I'm a company news reporter covering the retail and leisure sectors. Based in London I write on everything from the big retailers to fashion chains, hotels, drinks firms, pubs and coffee shops. I've previously covered the outsourcing sector and before that worked on Reuters sport for three years. You can follow me on Twitter @ReutersMaidment"
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