Woolworths Limited

London

Some 200 years ago Napoleon described Britain as a nation of shopkeepers. Shopping still plays a huge role in the recreational life of the nation - for proof, pay a visit to Oxford Street, the high street in the centre of the capital, in the weeks before Christmas.

Wednesday, 28 February, 2007, 12:00am

Push comes to shove in battle of supermarkets

For nearly a decade, the Zhongguancun area in northwest Beijing has been known as China's Silicon Valley. Now the area is becoming a battleground for supermarkets and chain-store operators.

Major international players Carrefour and Wal-Mart and Hong Kong-listed Wumart Stores have opened stores in the area over the past year, and many smaller chain outlets dot the area.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

UK girls skirt around issue

GIRLS' SCHOOL trousers have out-sold school skirts this year for the first time ever in Britain, and if the trend continues, school skirts could be a thing of the past.

British family retailer Woolworths said that sales of school skirts at its 800-plus outlets have plunged by 51 per cent in just three years - while school trousers have enjoyed a surge in popularity.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

HK giants prepare for mainland boom

SOME of the biggest retail names in Hong Kong are preparing for a mainland retailing boom, according to a report by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Their expansion is likely to be fed by an insatiable appetite for consumer items and growing rapid liberalisation of the markets.

8 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Coles Myer

AUSTRALIA'S biggest retailer, Coles Myer, said its first-half net profit rose 3.6 per cent over last year, reflecting a 2.9 per cent rise in sales.

The company said its profit rose to A$245.1 million (about HK$1.35 billion) in the six months ended January 23.

The company declared a fully franked interim dividend of 11 cents, unchanged from a year earlier.

11 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Snubbed institutions see mum and dad rule the float queue

WHEN the Australian Government's float of 19.9 per cent of Commonwealth Bank opened yesterday with drop boxes in the 1,740 bank branches, institutional investors were crying foul.

6 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Woolworths public float attracts A$7b

THE $A2.45 billion (about HK$12.86 billion) float of Australian supermarket giant Woolworths - Australia's largest public share float - has exceeded all expectations, attracting up to $7 billion worth of applications.

10 Jul 1993 - 12:00am