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.
LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Designer clothing brand Ted Baker
said it would open fewer new stores in 2014 after a big
expansion push across Europe, the United States and Asia that
has helped sales surge, and would wait for better opportunities
the following year.
Sales jumped 31 percent in the first half of the year and
rose by 24.4 percent in its third quarter, the firm said on
Thursday, as strong trading in its core UK market was boosted by
international openings and an improving wholesale market.
LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Bicycles-to-car-parts group
Halfords posted an unexpected rise in first-half profit,
buoyed by a combination of Britain’s growing interest in
cycling, a warm summer and improved product ranges.
The group, which is in the early stages of a 100 million
pound ($161 million), three-year turnaround plan to boost
slumping sales, said adjusted pretax profit rose 6.4 percent, to
44.6 million pounds.
LONDON (Reuters) – G4S (GFS.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to shake up the weakest parts of its business and lay off up to 400 UK staff as the new boss of the world’s largest security firm by revenue battles to restore its reputation tarnished by a series of high-profile blunders.
Chief Executive Ashley Almanza said on Tuesday he would sell or restructure 35 poorly performing businesses, accounting for about one twentieth of group turnover, with any disposal proceeds earmarked for higher-growth emerging markets.
LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – G4S said it would shake up
failing parts of its business and lay off up to 400 jobs as the
new boss of the world’s largest security firm looks to improve
its fortunes after a series of high profile blunders.
Chief Executive Ashley Almanza told reporters on Tuesday he
would sell, grow or restructure some 35 units within the
business in order to “sharpen our strategic focus and strengthen
our investment in customer service, organic growth, and
technology and innovation.”
LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Serco, the global
outsourcing firm battling to save its relationship with the
British government after a series of scandals, said its chief
executive had quit as part of a major reorganisation aimed at
restoring its reputation.
The government, which accounts for about a quarter of
Serco’s revenue, said in July it would not award Serco and rival
G4S any new contracts pending a review of their existing
ones, after an audit discovered they had charged for tagging
criminals who were dead, in prison or not being monitored.
LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – G4S, the world’s biggest
security services firm, said its UK chief executive Richard
Morris had resigned and been replaced by the group’s chief
operating officer Eddie Ashton.
A company spokesman on Thursday confirmed a newspaper report
on the resignation of Morris but declined any further comment.
LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Merlin Entertainments, whose
attractions include the Madame Tussauds waxworks and Legoland
theme parks, plans to sell at least 20 percent of its shares in
a stock market debut in London next month.
Stronger equity markets have helped to support a pick-up in
new London listings after several years of drought.
LONDON (Reuters) – Workers at Britain’s newly privatized Royal Mail (RMG.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) postal service voted on Wednesday to strike for 24 hours on November 4 if they cannot reach agreement with the firm on pay and working conditions.
The management of Royal Mail, which listed on the London stock market in a high profile float last week, had expected a vote in favor of strike action and criticized the prospect of a disruption to services in the run-up to Christmas, its busiest time.
LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Workers at Britain’s newly
privatised Royal Mail postal service voted on Wednesday
to strike for 24 hours on Nov. 4 if they cannot reach agreement
with the firm on pay and working conditions.
The management of Royal Mail, which listed on the London
stock market in a high profile float last week, had expected a
vote in favour of strike action and criticised the prospect of a
disruption to services in the run-up to Christmas, its busiest