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Yates Wine Lodges to join market: Company confirms growth plans

AMBITIOUS expansion plans have led the family-controlled Yates Brothers Wine Lodges business down the path to a stock market listing.

Army PR: it's a tough job but the Brigadier can do it

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Wetherspoon raises pounds 22m

THE fast-expanding JD Wetherspoon pub group is raising pounds 22m to repay some debts and fund development, writes John Shepherd.

Sales fall brings pub price war to a head

PUBLICANS are being forced to cut the price of beer in response to falling demand and a public perception that an evening in the pub is becoming an expensive night out, writes Martin Whitfield.

View from City Road: Choose your drink with care

The decision by Courage to cut 700 jobs is no surprise. Courage has probably come off worst in the price war that has raged among brewers for the past 12 months and its decision to cut staff is the inevitable consequence of falling sales. Moreover, unless the cuts allow it to win back business, there could be worse to come.

Doubled profits for pub operator

JD WETHERSPOON, the pub operator that joined the stock market last October, has doubled profits in the year to 31 July.

Newcomers find mixed response

THE FLOTATION of two newcomers on the stock market via intermediary offers has received a mixed response from investors.

View from City Road: Wetherspoon worth a round

J D WETHERSPOON, a 44-strong chain of London pubs, had the good luck to reveal its flotation price of 160p a share yesterday, when the market was in buoyant mood. This price will capitalise the rapidly expanding business at pounds 45.6m.

Column Eight: Tennant's new lease of life

Sir Anthony Tennant's 'retirement' from the chair of Guinness at the age of 61 is looking increasingly busy and, dare we say it, profitable.

WMS joins list of market flotations

THE THIRD stock market flotation in less than a week will be announced today by WMS Group, a designer and distributor of window and door hardware, writes John Shepherd.

Intermediary offer brings Wetherspoon to market

THE USE of intermediary share offerings in flotations appears to be gathering pace. JD Wetherspoon, the pub operator, yesterday confirmed it was coming to the market via the device, which enables brokers' private clients to buy some shares, writes John Shepherd.

Pubs group heads for early listing

FINAL touches are being made this week to JD Wetherspoon's flotation prospectus, leading to a full market listing for the pub operator.
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