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Wetherspoon speeds up pub openings

JD WETHERSPOON, the fast-growing pubs operator whose shares have halved this year, yesterday shrugged off fears of an economic slowdown with plans to accelerate its pub opening programme.

Stock Market Week: Pub chains' rise ends in hangover

A DEEPLY depressed stock market can at least enjoy a little leisure activity this week. Bowling, dancing and drinking are among the trading influences with JD Wetherspoon and Regent Inns leading the profits parade.

Brewer is taking his Old Monk to market

THE BROTHER OF Tim Martin, chief executive of pub group JD Wetherspoon, is maintaining the family tradition by bringing his Old Monk Company chain of pubs to the stock market.

Cafe Society: the links in chain

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Cafe Society: Station to station

Wherever you go the world over, there is one thing you can gurarantee: that if you travel by train, the first impression you will get of a city is that it is run-down, dirty, unusually ugly and crammed with the sort of people you don't want your mum - and she doesn't want you - to see too much of.

Wetherspoon rues its TV-free ambience as World Cup fever threatens to drive punters to other pubs

The World Cup football championship in France this summer promises to provide a bonanza for the betting and leisure industry - but there is one person who will not be cheering.

The Investment Column: Wetherspoon dips in growth glitch

Has the JD Wetherspoon bubble burst? A darling of the stock market and the drinks sector its shares have raced away ever since it floated. However, analysts downgraded profits figures at the start of the year after the company indicated that a slowdown in new pub openings and higher costs associated with introducing new lined glasses to give customers a full pint, could affect first-half profits. The result: the shares have underperformed the market by a quarter since January.

Search for the fast growers

Search for the fast growers

Leading light among 'pubcos'

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Wetherspoon may open pubs in Paris

JD Wetherspoon, the rapidly expanding pub group, said yesterday it was looking to make its first foray overseas by opening a chain of pubs in Paris. Tim Martin, the group's chairman, said he was looking at sites in Paris and was also considering opening pubs in capital cities across Europe.

Pub chain calls time on alcopops as more companies join ban

The bubble may be bursting on alco-pops. The sweet-tasting drinks which prompted public outrage by supposedly luring the young to alcohol were dealt another blow yesterday.

Hi-tech firms are the fastest to grow

Evidence of the spectacular growth many businesses are achieving away from the glare of the stock market is contained in this year's Independent 100 listing of Britain's fastest-growing private companies.

Wetherspoon to open 350 pubs in five years

Pubs group JD Wetherspoon announced an accelerated pub opening programme yesterday in a move that industry watchers said was a first defence against a rumoured bid from brewing giant Scottish & Newcastle.

The Investment Column: Wetherspoon has right mix

The JD Wetherspoon juggernaut keeps motoring, with half-year figures to the end of January showing a 44 per cent rise in sales, pre-tax profits up 46 per cent to pounds 8.1m and earnings per share up 39 per cent at 20.6p.

DTI frees tenants from beer contracts

A flotation of Inntrepreneur moved a step closer yesterday as the Department of Trade & Industry released the company, one of the UK's largest chains of pubs, from a raft of restrictions and freed its tenants from their obligation to buy beer only from Scottish & Newcastle.
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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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