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THIS YEAR has been something of an "annus horribilis" for JD Wetherspoon, the pub operator which until recently was regarded as one of the market's wonder stocks.

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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.

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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.

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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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