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House of Fraser

Bitter rivalries can goad firms to greatness

Bitter personal rivalries are hardly unknown in the business world, and they are found at every level, from fiercely competing family stores to massive conglomerates.

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The story without an ending

This week Princess Diana by Cherry Gilchrist

Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997. She was with her boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed, the son of the owner of Harrods, the famous London shop.

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Dickson Poon eyes Harrods

The millionaire could end up controlling UK's two best-known luxury retailers

Hong Kong businessman Dickson Poon has emerged as a potential buyer for London luxury retailer Harrods, according to British press reports.

2 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

There's plenty more in store

I refer to the report headlined, 'Harrods takes pride of place in revamped Seibu food hall' (Business Post, August 15).

This store will be a combination of sit-down dining experiences, the best fresh food from around the world, and a choice of selected international food brands. One of these brands will indeed be Harrods.

26 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Store snitches for Amex will do nicely

While America wages war against oppression in Kosovo, American Express has been waging its own war against suppression in Hong Kong.

Amateur spies are being recruited to help the credit card giant ferret out traitors in our midst.

Their names are being entered into the 'wage war on suppression database'.

It's all very cloak and dagger.

17 May 1999 - 12:00am

Di double bill

It is not a particularly original thing to say, but news of the death of Princess Diana, a year ago exactly, was to my generation what hearing of the assassination of American president John F Kennedy was to my parents' generation.

31 Aug 1998 - 12:00am


A GOOD deal is on offer for those wishing to visit the UK. Fly with KLM and you can stop over in Amsterdam for two nights either on the outward or return journey, or alternatively stay at an hotel in one of a number of major British cities for the same period, with breakfast included.

5 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Cold comfort in January sales

WHILE there are many reasons why anyone in their right mind would not want to visit the United Kingdom in January, there is at least one good reason why they should - it's cheap.

A return air ticket to the UK can be as low as $6,300, cheaper than a return fare to Vancouver or Sydney, or New York.

30 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Inquiry launched in bid to cut sleaze from public life

PRIME Minister John Major last night announced an open-ended, fully independent inquiry into what has become known as 'sleaze' in British public life as his minister responsible for business ethics resigned.

26 Oct 1994 - 12:00am


ON THIS day 25 years ago: A BUSINESS card tossed into the sea in a bottle was picked up 16,000 kilometres away from Hong Kong in the United States.

The story began two years before, in November 1967, when J. Jenner threw a bottle containing his card from a friend's boat in the Lamma Channel.

3 Jul 1994 - 12:00am