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Investment: Time to buy another round of Wetherspoon

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?