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Oct 27, 2014

New Tesco boss Lewis gets “golden hello” share options

LONDON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Embattled British retailer Tesco
Plc has handed its new boss Dave Lewis a potentially
lucrative “golden hello”, awarding him options for 1.66 million
shares to compensate for benefits he surrendered when he quit
his previous job.

The options, priced at 230.4 pence apiece, were worth 3.8
million pounds ($6 million) based on Tesco’s share price in
early September when Lewis joined, though since then the stock
has plummeted in the wake of an accounting scandal.

Oct 23, 2014

Tesco accounting black hole deepens, chairman to step down

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s largest retailer Tesco reported a bigger than expected hole in its finances on Thursday after finding that accounting transgressions went back further than initially thought, prompting its chairman to quit.

Shares in Tesco fell 8.5 percent to an 11-year low, meaning Tesco, once the juggernaut of the retail sector, has lost half its market value this year after the accounting errors compounded a succession of profit warnings.

Oct 23, 2014

New Tesco boss starts long journey with small steps

LONDON (Reuters) – Retail is detail, the industry adage goes, and new Tesco boss Dave Lewis will be hoping investors and shoppers agree after he unveiled a flurry of small tweaks to Britain’s ailing No.1 grocer, but not the big rescue plan many think it needs.

Only seven weeks into the job, and in the midst of an accounting scandal that forced him to scrap the company’s full-year profit forecast, Lewis was never likely to commit himself to a costly revival plan that he didn’t know if he could afford.

Oct 23, 2014

Whistl loses challenge to Royal Mail’s tax exemption

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Whistl, a company launching a
rival delivery service to Britain’s dominant Royal Mail,
on Thursday lost a High Court challenge to have the former
state-owned postal operator’s VAT exemption removed.

As part of its status as Britain’s six-day-a-week universal
service provider, Royal Mail is exempt from paying value-added
tax, currently set at 20 percent, on revenues it receives from
delivering mail that is collected and sorted by rivals.

Oct 23, 2014

Tesco scraps profit outlook as accounting black hole deepens

LONDON (Reuters) – Tesco reported a bigger than expected hole in its accounts on Thursday after finding mistakes in booking income had gone back further than initially thought, forcing Britain’s biggest grocer to scrap its full-year profit outlook.

Tesco, which has lost 20 percent of its market value this month after the accounting mis-statement compounded three earlier profit warnings, scrapped the outlook as its second-quarter underlying domestic sales fell 5.5 percent.

Oct 22, 2014

SuperGroup founder steps aside as Sutherland named CEO

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – SuperGroup Plc, the
British company behind the Superdry fashion brand, named
ex-Co-op Group boss Euan Sutherland as its new chief executive
on Wednesday, replacing Julian Dunkerton who founded the company
on a market stall 30 years ago.

Sutherland, who has more than 19 years experience in the
retail sector with roles at the likes of home improvement chain
B&Q, electricals group Dixons and fizzy drinks maker
Coca-Cola, had been a non-executive director at
SuperGroup for two years and will be charged with overseeing its
international expansion.

Oct 14, 2014

Mulberry hit by drop in tourists, strategy shift

LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – British luxury handbag maker
Mulberry cut its profit forecast for the third time this
year, saying a drop in tourist shoppers had compounded the
disruption to its business from a shift back to selling
lower-priced bags.

Mulberry shares dropped as much as 25 percent to a four-year
low on Tuesday, after it said full-year pretax profit would be
significantly below analysts’ expectations.

Oct 10, 2014

Court clears Britain to take tighter control of online gambling

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s plans to bring licensing and taxation of online gambling companies under UK control got the green light on Friday when a court dismissed a legal challenge to the move.

Bookmakers with big British businesses including William Hill and Ladbrokes have based their online operations offshore in places like Gibraltar in order to take advantage of lower local taxes.

Oct 9, 2014

Serco eyes sale of environmental services, leisure arms – source

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Struggling British outsourcer
Serco Group Plc is looking to sell off its environmental
services and leisure businesses as part of an overhaul designed
to restore its fortunes, a source close to the situation told
Reuters on Thursday.

Serco’s strategy and businesses are being reviewed by new
boss Rupert Soames as he plots its recovery from a disastrous
spell of contract problems and a UK government work ban that has
sparked profit warnings, a cash call and a restructuring.

Oct 3, 2014

Britain threatens to ignore European Court of Human Rights rulings

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will quit the European Court of Human Rights unless it agrees that the Westminster parliament has the final say over its rulings, according to pre-election plans detailed on Friday by Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party.

Cameron, who is seeking to counter the threat from the anti-European Union UK Independence Party in May’s national election, has said rulings by the European rights court had prevented Britain deporting suspected militants.

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