News roundup—30th April 2008

News roundup—30th April 2008

After posting strong financial results yesterday multititle
cataloguer N Brown, the parent company of Simply Be, JD
Williams and Jacamo, enjoyed positive press coverage
in national as well as local media. The Telegraph wrote:
N Brown to build on its fuller-figured
, whilst Manchester Evening news reported: N Brown expects to create around 150 jobs
in the region this year, as it looks to continue a run of

End of an era at Empire: The first batch of
workers at Bradford-based Empire Stores start their
final shift today. The Telegraph & Argos writes that a skeleton
staff, including stock controllers, will remain working until
August, after the current and last Empire Stores mail order
catalogue expires.

Home Retail Group has announced its final results for the
year 1 March 2008 revealing record profits for Argos but a
struggling Homebase. Sharecast adds that DIY chain Homebase has
started the year weaker than anticipated, with poor weather
conditions playing their part in dampening demand.



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