LONDON (Reuters) – InterContinental Hotels Group Plc (IHG.L: Quote, Profile, Research), under pressure from an activist investor to consider merging with a rival, said strong trade in its key U.S. market left it upbeat on its prospects despite problems in countries like Russia, Thailand and Israel.
IHG, the world’s biggest hotelier with around 4,700 hotels under brands such as Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn as well as its eponymous label, makes almost two-thirds of its operating profit in the United States, where business is being buoyed by increasing levels of business and leisure travel.
LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Activist investor Marcato Capital
Management has hired an investment bank to advise it on strategy
at InterContinental Hotels Group Plc (IHG), three months
after reports the firm had rebuffed a 6 billion pounds ($10
billion) takeover bid.
Marcato, which said it owns a stake of around 4 percent in
IHG, said it had hired Houlihan Lokey to help review various
alternatives, including improving the hotels group’s capital
structure and/or capital allocation and strategic transactions.
LONDON, August 1 (Reuters) – From transforming businesses to
sailing the Atlantic, Mark Newton-Jones is a man up for a
challenge. Now, the new chief of baby products retailer
Mothercare aims to succeed where many have failed and
fix one of Britain’s best known retailers.
Officially installed in July after an interim spell since
March, he will need to draw on all of his 30 years experience in
retail to arrest a sales slide in a UK business which generates
64 percent of revenue but has lost Mothercare 68 million pounds
($115 million) in three years.
LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s Merlin Entertainments
said it was in advanced talks to open more Legoland
Parks overseas after a sales surge at its U.S. sites on the back
of “The Lego Movie” helped boost first-half profits.
Merlin, the world’s No.2 operator of visitor attractions
behind Walt Disney, currently makes over 60 percent of
sales in Britain and continental Europe but is aiming to
generate a third from Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific with
a raft of new attractions opening.
LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s Royal Mail
said growing competition had cut its revenue expectations from
parcel deliveries, leaving it reliant on tight cost control and
its traditional letters business to hit full-year profit
Shares in the group, sold off to much controversy last
October in Britain’s biggest privatisation in decades, fell as
much as 4.5 percent in early Tuesday trading.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Royal Mail Group said it would have to rely on cost control measures and letters sales to meet full-year expectations after rising competition meant parcels revenue would be lower than anticipated.
The postal firm, sold off to much controversy last October in Britain’s biggest privatisation in decades, said on Tuesday group revenue for the three months to June 29 had risen 2 percent, led by a better-than expected performance in its letters arm.
LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest sporting goods
retailer Sports Direct posted a 20 percent rise in
full-year profit and said it had made up with key supplier
Adidas AG after a recent row with the German
Sports Direct had criticised Adidas for its decision not to
supply the firm with replica shirts for the teams it sponsored
at the World Cup, due to it being unhappy with the presentation
of the retailer’s stores.
LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Sports Direct’s founder
Mike Ashley has quit the sportswear retailer’s controversial new
200 million pounds ($343 million) bonus share scheme just two
weeks after it unexpectedly drew the backing of independent
The British company said on Wednesday that after talks with
the board’s remuneration committee, executive deputy chairman
Ashley had informed the board he did not wish to be awarded any
shares under the 2015 scheme.
LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Britain’s Royal Mail has
received notice from French competition authorities over a
possible breach of antitrust law by one of its subsidiaries,
which could result in a fine for the recently privatised group.
Royal Mail said on Wednesday that it had received a notice
regarding an issue with the French arm of its GLS business, one
of Europe’s largest ground-based parcel delivery services.
SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Netherlands keeper Tim Krul made a dramatic entrance off the bench to save two penalties in a 4-3 shootout win over Costa Rica on Saturday, following a 0-0 draw after extra time, to send the Dutch into a World Cup semi-final with Argentina.
Surprise package Costa Rica, with man-of-the-match Keylor Navas in goal, held out for 120 minutes against a dominant Netherlands team who hit the woodwork three times – twice late in normal time and again in the frenetic extra time period.