News roundup—Smythson sold, plus Hotel Chocolat, Barker and Stonehouse, Lego

Leather goods brand Smythson was sold to a
holding company for leather goods manufacturer Tivoli Group for
£18 million, reports the Financial Times.

Hotel Chocolat is in the midst of a three-part
scheme to “transform cocoa into a new and successful West
Indian business”, according to Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday. Plans include a
“boutique chocolate hotel”.

Furniture cataloguer/retailer Barker and
is “on track to double the amount of
sales from last year”, reports the Northern Echo.

The Telegraph
visits Lego headquarters in
Denmark for an in-depth look at how the toys company reversed its
decline of the 1990s and early 2000s.


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