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Former Tesco CEO, Philip Clarke

Tesco: The Clarke Era

Clarke’s early career:Philip Clarke began his Tesco career in 1974 as a 14-year-old stacking shelves in the stores his father managed. He later graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in economics and went on to join the Tesco Management...
12:17PM - Tue 22nd July 2014
Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco

Dave Lewis - from supplier to retailer

With Dave Lewis taking the top job at Tesco this morning (21 July) he has shown that suppliers can make the move from supplier to retailer.Lewis is the first outsider to take charge of the retailer since Tesco’s founder Jack Cohen and comes from a...
12:13PM - Tue 22nd July 2014

Garden Centre Group rebrands back to Wyevale Garden Centres

The UK’s largest chain of garden centres The Garden Centre group will rebrand back to Wyevale Garden Centres.Commenting on the return to the Wyevale name, Wyevale Garden Centres chief executive Kevin Bradshaw said: As we continue to grow and trans...
12:11PM - Tue 22nd July 2014
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Pop-ing up the Economy

Pop-up retailing is scheduled to contribute £2.1bn to the economy this year, a study has forecast. The low budget outlets set up in temporary shops, stalls, and empty spaces have been one of the fastest growing ventures in in recent years.Encourag...
12:09PM - Tue 22nd July 2014
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Philip Clarke, What the experts say

Jon Copestake, Retail Analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, argues that Clarke’s inability to implement a “big” strategy let to the mounting of small problems for the companyThere is little doubt that, after yet another profit warning in the...
11:57AM - Tue 22nd July 2014

Sunday papers round-up

Argos will start a same day delivery service in the UK as it cranks up the pressure on Amazon. The high-street retailer will begin a trial later this year that will allow shoppers to order a product online and have it delivered to a store or their...
09:51AM - Mon 21st July 2014
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Asos fire: Investigation will take “months”

North Yorkshire police have said that its investigation into the Asos fire in Barnsley will take “months” to conclude.A spokeswoman declined to give a specific date to schedule its findings but said the ongoing investigation will take longer than ...
09:31AM - Mon 21st July 2014
Philip Clarke, former Tesco CEO

Philip Clarke steps down as Tesco CEO

The CEO of Tesco, Philip Clarke has announced he is to step down from the position in a shock departure.The news comes in just after Tesco have announced that trade profits for the first half of the year will be lower than expected.Clarke has been...
09:20AM - Mon 21st July 2014
John Lewis' new Heathrow store

John Lewis continues to see home sales boom

Sales of home products soared at John Lewis last week as its last week of clearance sales surged 20 per cent on last year.Textiles, carpets and wedding gifts drove a rise in home products of 23 per cent.David Barford, director of selling at John L...
10:46AM - Fri 18th July 2014

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