Growth at B&Q to create 20,000 new jobs

KINGFISHER, the retailing group, yesterday pledged to invest pounds 750m and create 20,000 new jobs at B&Q, its do-it-yourself subsidiary, through a programme of expansion of the Warehouse giant shed format.

Kingfisher to create 20,000 jobs

KINGFISHER, the retailing group, yesterday pledged to invest pounds 750m and create 20,000 new jobs at B&Q, its DIY subsidiary in an expansion of Warehouse, the giant shed format.

A Unabomber's Home Is His Cabin

IT IS ONLY a cabin measuring 14ft by 13, hardly a thing of beauty. Yet photographer Richard Barnes worked awfully hard to take this picture of it. He had to negotiate with government prosecutors for access to it; he had to sign a waiver promising not to look inside it; he also had to agree never to be alone with it. For the entire two-day shoot, he had minders watching his every move.

5 WAYS TO WEAR: RED

Traditionally, bright red is what movie stars put on their pouts, but this autumn it's playing a rather more useful role: giving the season's palette of greys and neutrals a lift. Like all strong colours, it's perhaps most effective in small doses - a hat, a pair of shoes, or the brilliant flash of tights worn under an understated grey slit skirt. Let the sparks fly

Select purchase

SELECT APPOINTMENTS Holdings' French subsidiary, Selpro, has acquired Societe Alsacienne de Montage et d'Entretien (Same), a supplier of temporary logistics personnel. In its ninth acquisition since the beginning of the year, Select has agreed to pay up to Ffr7m (pounds 700,000), having made an initial payment in cash.

Asda starts telephone shopping

ASDA, THE supermarket group, will announce a new telephone ordering service this week which will enable customers to order their goods from a central warehouse . The "call and collect" service will offer groceries and clothes as well as CDs, videos and books, which will then be delivered to customers' homes. "Other supermarkets have offered this service but only on a local level, which restricts the customers to products that are available at the back of the local store," an Asda spokeswoman said. "But a central warehouse will give customers a wider choice we will be able to offer the full range of products that we stock nationwide."

Fashion: Pick 'n' mix

Ever get the feeling that the shops on the high street are all interchangeable? The trick is to look for special pieces that work as well on their own as jumbled together. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Mauricio Guillen

Glynwed in pounds 100m sale

GLYNWED INTERNATIONAL, the industrial group, sold a large part of its metal services business to a US company for pounds 100m. The Birmingham- based company sold its stainless steel and aluminium distribution arm to Kingston Metals, a subsidiary of the privately owned Henley Management.

The Investment Column: A bargain in Storehouse

AT STOREHOUSE, the Bhs and Mothercare retailer, it is a case of new results, old problem. Pre-tax profits edged up 5.7 per cent to pounds 125m but the City is still fretting about the lack of sales growth and wondering whether the margin improvements are sustainable.

Storehouse ousts MD

Storehouse, the retail group, has replaced Simon Hughes as managing director of Mothercare, saying new skills were needed for its next phase of growth. Mr Hughes, who was not on the main board, will leave the company with immediate effect after 12 years with the group. Succeeding him is Greg Tuffnell who has had spells with Burton and Next. He was most recently head of Burton Menswear.

The investment column: Storehouse needs to do more

Storehouse, the Bhs and Mothercare retailer, has taken a terrible pounding in the City in the last year or so. With analysts questioning the group's ability to increase sales, the shares have halved between early 1996 and this summer.

Nightlife: Warehouse ravers beat the ban

A loophole in the law is allowing London ravers to carry on the tradition of underground warehouse parties despite the hated Criminal Justice Act.

Chain reaction

In 21 years, it has gone from a simple idea to a way of life. Melanie Rickey charts the rise and rise of Warehouse

Storehouse chief's pay package questioned

Storehouse, the retail group which has been plagued by weak sales and a plunging share price, came under fire from shareholders over boardroom pay yesterday. However, the share price surged 9 per cent later in the day following an upbeat trading statement that was made at the meeting.

Bootleggers cheat taxman of pounds 20m

A "highly organised" gang of bootleggers cheated the taxman out of more than pounds 20m in Excise duty in just a few months, a court heard yesterday.
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