LDC backs Mountain Warehouse buy-out

Lloyds’ mid-market private equity division LDC has backed the buy-out of the outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Mountain Warehouse.


The Hut Group makes double acquisition

The Hut Group has acquired two businesses from Findel for around £600,000.


Retail detail

There's a massive disparity in the fortunes of differently-sized retail businesses, according to data released today.


Retail sales defy gravity

Shop sales volumes rose again in April despite mounting inflation and sluggish wage growth, according to official statistics.


Lombok in pre-pack administration

A private equity-led consortium has acquired the trading name and assets of high street furniture retailer Lombok from administrator KPMG.


Goodbye to Woolies

Woolworths survived two world wars, the great storm of 1987 and an onslaught of Eurovision song entries. Now saddled with debt of £385 million, this Christmas could be the last for the high street stalwart for stationery, sweets and tat.


Floors-2-Go rescued from administration

Troubled retailer Floors-2-Go, which went into administration last month following the failure of a management buy-out backed by VC firm Alchemy Partners, has been bought by flooring and carpeting entrepreneurs the Hodges brothers.


Creo buys into point-of-purchase print business the Lauren Group

Creo Retail Marketing, a recently-formed retail marketing agency, has acquired point-of-purchase (POP) print business the Lauren Group – a move reported to boost Creo’s annual turnover to £10 million.

PR and Marketing Strategy

How to get your product on the supermarket shelf

Getting your product on the supermarket shelf can turbo-charge your sales. Marc Barber finds out how it is done.


Graphite buys Kurt Geiger from Barclays

Mid-market private equity house Graphite Capital has backed a management buy-out of shoe retailer Kurt Geiger from its current owner, Barclays Private Equity.


Duke Street Capital acquires discount retailer

The Original Factory Shop, a Lancashire-headquartered retailer with 84 outlets across the UK, has been acquired by private equity firm Duke Street Capital for £68.5 million.


Agilo buys struggling retailer

London-based fund Agilo, which specialises in ‘distressed assets and special situations’ has bought a loss-making bedding and home furnishings retailer.