LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Whitbread said it was on
track to meet full-year expectations as growing demand at its
Premier Inn hotels and Costa Coffee chains helped deliver a
strong rise in third quarter sales.
Britain’s biggest hotel and coffee shop operator, which also
runs pub restaurants such as Brewers Fayre, on Tuesday said
group like-for-like sales rose 4.3 percent in the 13 weeks to
Nov. 28, up from a 2.8 percent rise in the first half.
LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Domino’s Pizza said on
Friday its Chief Executive Lance Batchelor would stand down next
year, dealing a second managerial blow to Britain’s biggest
pizza delivery firm this year and hitting its shares sharply.
Batchelor, who has led the firm’s expansion into Switzerland
and Germany, will join the group’s Chief Financial Officer, Lee
Ginsberg, in leaving the firm after he announced his departure
in July this year.
LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The boss of British luxury fashion
group Mulberry said shoppers’ willingness to spend more
on expensive handbags and rising international sales showed the
company’s push for a more upmarket and global position was
starting to pay off.
The Bayswater and Alexa handbags maker generates over 60
percent of sales in the UK, and is now trying to increase its
profile overseas, targeting affluent Asian shoppers in key
tourist spots and hiking prices to take its brand more upmarket
from a traditional position of “affordable luxury”.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s sale of the Royal Mail (RMG.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) postal service, its biggest privatization in decades, would have been put at “considerable risk” if it had tried to raise the price at the last minute, ministers said on Wednesday.
Last month’s Royal Mail selloff has grabbed headlines, with unions and opposition lawmakers criticizing the government for potentially short-changing the taxpayer after shares in the firm rocketed by as much as 80 percent after flotation.
LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – British soft drinks group Britvic
said it would ramp up expansion of its Fruit Shoot
brand in the United States in 2014, as it posted a 19 percent
rise in full-year profit.
The group, which also makes drinks such as Robinsons squash
and Tango, as well PepsiCo brands Pepsi and 7UP in
Britain and Ireland, said on Tuesday it had signed a 15-year
deal with PepsiCo Americas Beverages to expand Fruit Shoot.
LONDON (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and UBS (UBSN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bankers said Britain could not have sold the Royal Mail (RMG.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) postal service at its current higher price, rejecting accusations that one of the biggest privatizations in years had short-changed taxpayers.
The two banks, which led Royal Mail’s London stock market listing, were summoned before a parliamentary committee on Wednesday to explain why they had priced the near 500-year old firm so far below its current market value.
LONDON (Reuters) – Advisers on the British government’s privatisation of Royal Mail said the postal service could not have been sold at its current price, rejecting accusations that one of the biggest state sell-offs in years was done on the cheap.
On Wednesday banks including UBS and Goldman Sachs, which managed Royal Mail’s sale on the stock market, were summoned before a parliamentary committee to explain how they priced the near 500-year old company.
LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Advisers on the British
government’s privatisation of Royal Mail said the postal
service could not have been sold at its current price, rejecting
accusations that one of the biggest state sell-offs in years was
done on the cheap.
On Wednesday banks including UBS and Goldman Sachs
, which managed Royal Mail’s sale on the stock market,
were summoned before a parliamentary committee to explain how
they priced the near 500-year old company.
LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Enterprise Inns founder
and chief executive Ted Tuppen will retire from the pub company
next February, after 23 years in the role, and be replaced by
its chief operating officer.
Tuppen, who founded the business in 1991 before listing it
on the London Stock Exchange in 1995, will retire as CEO on Feb.
6 and will leave the firm on May 19, Enterprise said on Tuesday.
LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – After years of waiting on the sidelines, Britain’s major pub chains have finally spotted an opening in Ireland, hoping tumbling property prices will give them a chance to expand into a neighboring market they never managed to crack.
At the height of a property boom in 2007 one in six Dublin pubs that changed hands was sold for at least 14 million euros, with almost half sold for over 6 million – far too pricey for big players in need of as many as 12 sites to make a market work.