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Retailing - 1999
Edinburgh Woollen Mill is planning to set up a nationwide distribution centre for its retailing business in Carlisle, with the creation of 50 new jobs and the relocation of 120 jobs from existing sites at Longtown and Langholm.
Fife Council is considering plans from Premier Property Group and Muir Group for a £140m retail and leisure development near Kirkcaldy, which could bring up to 4,000 jobs to the area.
B&Q is planning to expand its Tunnel Drive store in Redditch and create 200 jobs, as part of a £20m scheme to transform the derelict Alcad battery site.
Sainsbury has submitted plans to extend its store in Chingford, creating up to 60 new jobs.
Granada is planning to merge its TV rental business with Thorn's Radio Rentals, in a £1bn deal that will create a new company called Box Clever.
PetsMart has sold its UK chain of 92 pet superstores to Pets at Home, in a £30m deal.
Newcastle City Council is to consider plans from Thornfield Properties for the £60m redevelopment of the Fossway area in Byker into a retail and business park, with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs.
Morrisons is planning to build a 73,000 sq ft supermarket in Kings Lynn with the creation of 350 jobs.
Asda has confirmed plans to open bars serving beer, wine and hot food at 85 of its stores, with the creation of 350 jobs.
MEPC has announced a £100m plan to extend Derby's Eagle Centre with a three-floor department store and 40 other shops, and create 1,000 jobs.
Alexon has acquired control of the 144-strong chain of Bay Trading clothes shops, in a £13m deal.
Sainsbury has confirmed plans to open a depot at Park Royal in London with the creation of about 400 jobs, in order to support its Orderline home shopping service.
Perfect Pizza has been acquired by Papa John's of the US for £20m, and the 205 Perfect Pizza outlets will be converted to the Papa John's format.
Booker is acquiring the Trademarket cash and carry business from Alldays for £7.3m.
Dixons has acquired Elkjop, the Norwegian electrical retailer, for £444m, and hopes it will lead to the launch of some of its UK-based chains in Norway and Sweden.
Kirklees Council is backing a scheme by the Kingsgate Employment Initiative to recruit about 500 staff for Huddersfield's £50m Kingsgate shopping centre, which is due to open in 2001.
Tesco is planning to build a £20m store at St Rollox in Glasgow, with the creation of up to 600 jobs.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to consider plans from Essex-based developer Carter Commercial for the construction of a new superstore in Market Weighton, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Jessops has unveiled a £20m plan to expand its department store in Nottingham, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Madford Developments has started work on the development of a £5.5m retail park in Stafford, which will include Currys and Lidl outlets and create more than 300 jobs.
CyberCall is building a new call centre in Cardigan, Dyfed, with the creation of 200 jobs, in a link-up with internet retailing business Avenue One.
Kingfisher is to invest £1.5m in the development of a national call centre in Hull for its Comet electrical retailing business, creating up to 300 jobs.
Phillips, the fine-art auction house, has been acquired by LVMH of France for a sum thought to be about £70m.
Blacks Leisure is to acquire the Outdoor Group, the sports and outdoor clothing retailer, for £51m.
Ilkeston Co-op is to set up a new £3m travel call centre and head office in Ilkeston with the creation of 50 jobs.
Asda is to set up a new £25m superstore at Huyton village on Merseyside, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Kingfisher is acquiring Hugo Van Praag, the Belgian electrical retailer, for up to £20m.
Flying Flowers is creating 150 jobs at a new call centre for its horticultural mail order business in Kelvedon, Essex.
Lambert Howarth is acquiring Fast Forward Holdings in a £20m deal that will create a leading supplier of shoes and fashion accessories to Marks & Spencer.
Tesco is to build a £12m store at Leyland in Lancashire by 2001, with the creation of 300 jobs.
West Midlands Co-op is to build new stores in Walsall and Staffordshire and refurbish stores across the region, in a £10m investment programme that will create 200 jobs.
Teignbridge District Council is considering plans from ASM Properties for the development of a new shopping complex in Newton Abbot, including an Asda superstore and the creation of 300 jobs.
BAA McArthur Glen is planning to add an extra 70 shops at its shopping village near York next year, with the creation of up to 700 jobs.
Matalan has announced plans for a new £8m discount superstore in Plymouth, creating 25 jobs, as part of a nationwide expansion programme.
Psyche is to set up an internet-based shoe retailing business, which will be based in either Middlesbrough or York and will create about 100 jobs.
Tesco has submitted plans for a new £10m store in the centre of Hednesford, which would create more than 250 jobs.
B&Q is submitting plans to build a £15m DIY store and garden centre in Burton, creating more than 200 jobs.
Kingfisher has confirmed plans to open up to 10 Big W discount stores, with the creation of more than 2,000 jobs.
Morrisons is planning to set up a new superstore in Fleetwood town centre with the creation of 350 jobs.
B&Q is seeking planning permission to build a £14m superstore to replace its Cheltenham branch, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Co-operative Wholesale Society has bought six Scottish food shops from Penny's of Perthshire, for undisclosed terms.
Colourcare, the Wiltshire-based supplier of photograph development services to retailers, has undergone a £55m management buy-out with the backing of Gresham Trust.
William Baird has acquired the Limehaus men's fashion brand in a £2m deal, as part of a strategy to reduce its reliance on sales to Marks & Spencer.
Moss Bros has acquired the three Brand Centre discount fashion stores for £2m, and plans to transform it into a nationwide chain.
Sainsbury is acquiring Hampden, the owner of the Homebase franchise in Ireland, in a £18m deal.
B&Q is seeking 100 workers for a new DIY store that will open in Washington in November, and there are also vacancies at another store in nearby Sunderland.
Kingfisher is to open a Big W superstore in Coventry in October with the creation of 250 jobs.
Arcadia is to centralise its head office functions in Leeds with the creation of 59 jobs, but 103 jobs will be lost at the recently-acquired Sears offices in Leicester.
Poundland is creating 80 new jobs at its base in Wolverhampton, as part of an expansion programme that will result in eight new stores nationwide.
Costco UK is seeking permission to build a retail warehouse near the Wyvern Centre in Derby, which would create 250 jobs.
Day & Nite is acquiring Heagneys, the Teesside-based chain of nine convenience stores.
Staples is to open an office supplies superstore in Grimsby next month with the creation of 30 jobs.
Carphone Warehouse is creating 60 jobs in the West Midlands by opening new outlets in Dudley and Coventry, as part of a nationwide expansion programme that will create 750 jobs before Christmas.
Costco has won permission to build a £15m cash and carry store on the site of the former Dunston Power Station at Gateshead, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Tesco is to recruit about 60 additional staff for its call centre in Dundee, taking the total to 450.
Church & Co, the manufacturer of traditional shoes, has agreed a £106m takeover bid from Prada of Italy.
Ashfield District Council is to consider plans from Sheffield-based Dransfield Properties for the construction of a retail park at the former Evans Halshaw site in Sutton, Nottinghamshire, which would create 100 jobs.
James Beattie has announced a £14m expansion programme for stores in Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton, with the creation of about 300 jobs.
Oriflame International, the cosmetics marketing company, has confirmed plans for a £263m management buy-out.
Gaskell is to acquire Tomkinsons, the carpet company, for £11m, and closures at the combined group's 10 plants have not been ruled out.
Alexon has acquired Style Holdings, the men's wear retailer, for £31m, and is also buying out its joint venture partner in the Dolcis chain of shoe shops for £14m.
Sainsbury has submitted plans to build a new supermarket in Otley with the creation of 150 jobs.
Body Shop International has sold its two Littlehampton-based factories to Pac Creative of South Africa for £6.8m, in order to focus on retailing and product innovation.
BlackStar is to create 75 jobs at its online video retailing business in Belfast, having secured £3.8m of private equity from two US venture capital houses.
Sainsbury is to create 650 jobs in its Homebase division by centralising regional administration and expanding the floors business, but 1,200 jobs will be lost by removing a layer of management and withdrawing from the kitchens market.
Wilkinson Hardware Stores is to open five household goods stores and a distribution centre in Wales over the next year, with the creation of more than 1,000 jobs.
Stead & Simpson is acquiring Peter Briggs, the Leicester-based chain of 40 shoe shops, for undisclosed terms.
Sainsbury is seeking permission for a £5m extension at its superstore near Ilkeston, which would create up to 80 jobs.
Perfect Pizza is planning to open 100 new takeaway stores over the next five years with the creation of 2,000 jobs, and the focus of the expansion will be in the North of England and Scotland.
Asda has announced revised proposals for a £25m superstore in Hull, which will create 400 jobs.
Dixons has confirmed plans to set up a call centre at the Nunnery Square offices in Sheffield, with the creation of up to 2,000 jobs.
Lidl is planning to set up a warehouse and distribution centre in Runcorn, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Asda has announced plans to build a £25m superstore in Cannock, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Blakes Clothing has sold Casanova Fashions, which has 16 outlets, to Sizecheck for £1.8m.
Costco UK is submitting plans to Derby City Council for the construction of a members-only warehouse store at the Wyvern shopping centre, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Tesco is seeking permission to build a new superstore in Cleckheaton with the creation of 300 jobs.
Tesco is seeking planning permission for a £7m superstore on the site of the Grampian Fire Brigade HQ in Aberdeen, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Blacks Leisure has bought Sports Shop, the Fife-based sports retailer with 28 outlets, for £1.1m, and will refurbish the shops under its First Sport brand.
Tesco has announced plans to build a new superstore and health club on Merseyside, creating more than 600 jobs.
TJ Hughes has outlined plans to create about 500 jobs by opening new discount stores across the country, including sites in Crawley, Boscombe, Weston-Super-Mare, Wrexham, Middlesbrough and Burnley.
Kingfisher has confirmed the acquisition of Screwfix, the mail-order and internet DIY business, for about £75m.
Daily Mail & General Trust is acquiring the Zoom online shopping site from Arcadia for £15m, and will promote the business in its newspapers.
TK Maxx is planning to open a fashion store in the Captain Cook Square complex in Middlesbrough later this year, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Sainsbury is planning to open 200 convenience stores over the next three years, and about 1,000 in the long-term.
Netto is to open a second discount supermarket in Northampton, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Sears has sold the Adam's children's wear chain of 325 shops to management for £87m.
Tesco has submitted plans for a new supermarket in Burnley town centre, which would create about 300 jobs.
JJ Gallagher is planning to build a £8m out-of-town shopping centre in Scunthorpe, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Safeway is planning to create 3,500 jobs by opening and extending stores, but up to 100 jobs will be lost by removing a layer of regional management.
Lansbury Holdings is planning to invest £35m in three retail and industrial projects in Southend, including a new B&Q DIY store and the creation of up to 760 jobs.
Arcadia is acquiring Sears' women's clothing chains for £151m, including Richards, Wallis, Warehouse, and Miss Selfridge, and 77 of the Richards stores will be closed or sold off.
Dixons is planning to create 3,000 jobs this year by opening 100 stores across all five of its retail chains.
Dixons is considering plans to set up a call centre in Sheffield, which would create an initial 300 jobs and up to 2,000 in the long-term.
Lidl is planning to open up to 10 discount supermarkets in Plymouth with the creation of about 200 jobs.
Netto is planning to set up a £3m supermarket in Scunthorpe with the creation of 30 jobs.
MEPC and John Laing Property have announced plans to double the size of the CastleCourt shopping centre in Belfast, with the creation of up to 2,000 jobs.
Victory, the Virgin-owned cosmetics group, is planning to recruit a further 3,000 consultants by the end of the year to sell products direct to the public in their homes.
Matalan is planning to set up a 25,000sq ft clothes store in Inverness with the creation of about 80 jobs.
Lidl has won permission from East Staffordshire Borough Council to build a discount supermarket in Uttoxeter, creating 25 jobs.
Storehouse is to open a 31,000 sq ft Bhs store in Wrexham's Henblas Square development in August, with the creation of 90 jobs.
Arcadia is to create 200 jobs by setting up Hawkshead clothing distribution centres in Preston and Burton-on-Trent, but existing warehouses in the Lake District, Barrow and Lancaster will be closed.
Sainsbury has announced plans for a new £20m store in the Northfield area of Birmingham, creating at least 100 jobs.
Haq, the Yorkshire-based food retailer, is planning to open five new stores in a £9m nationwide expansion that will create 275 jobs.
Tulloch is planning to build a £3m retail park at Portree on the Isle of Skye, which could create about 60 jobs.
Asda has agreed to a £6.7bn takeover offer from Wal-Mart of the US, raising the prospect of a major shake-up in UK retailing.
TK Maxx is to set up a 27,000 sq ft fashion store at the £50m Kingsgate shopping scheme in Huddersfield, creating 30 jobs.
Safeway is seeking planning permission to build a superstore in Worcester, which would create up to 280 jobs.
Tesco has confirmed plans to open 26 stores in the UK and 13 overseas, while its home shopping service will be introduced in another 100 stores.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced plans to build a neighbourhood shopping complex at the Florence Park housing development in Longton, with the creation of about 50 jobs.
Gloucester City Council is considering plans from Cheltenham-based developer Robert Hitchins Properties for the final phase of a new retail and leisure complex at Quedgeley, which would create about 115 jobs.
BAA McArthur Glen is planning to open a £70m designer outlet retail centre in Livingston in August 2000, including space for 100 shops and a 10-screen multiplex cinema.
WH Smith is to acquire Hodder Headline, the book publisher, for £185m, as part of a strategy to sell more books through own-label and proprietary brands.
Just Rentals, the South Wales electrical retailer, is changing its name to Buy As You View, and is planning to open stores across the country starting with an outlet in Sunderland next month.
Tameside Council is considering plans from Reeb Estates for the construction of a new retail park at Denton that could create 750 jobs.
Sainsbury is to create 500 new jobs at a new store near the Millennium Dome in East London, and it is expected to open in September.
Peter Black is to acquire Fii's Marks & Spencer footwear business for £5.2m.
Marks & Spencer is to increase the size of its central Sheffield store at a cost of £5m, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Costco UK has submitted plans to Aberdeenshire Council to build a £7m warehouse store on the outskirts of Aberdeen, with the creation of more than 200 jobs.
Tesco is planning to expand its Hartlepool store and create 52 new jobs.
McDonald's is planning to build a new flagship restaurant in Birmingham, at the former Bank of England premises in Temple Row, creating 80 jobs.
Birmingham City Council has approved plans for three shopping developments that will create 1,500 jobs, including a £35m shopping centre and Sainsbury's at Castle Vale, a £20m Sainsbury's store at the Maypole, and a £15m development in Small Heath.
Asda is planning to invest £70m in two new stores in Aberdare and Swansea and a distribution centre in Chepstow, with the creation of about 750 jobs.
Joden, the manufacturer of Jessica Maybury jewellery, is planning to relocate from Hove to Port Talbot, where it will create dozens of new jobs.
T&S Stores has acquired the One Stop chain of convenience stores from Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers for £66m, which will increase its number of outlets by 218 to 1,185.
Wickes Home Improvement Centres and Blockbuster Video have announced plans to set up stores at a new retail park in Blackburn, and other interested retailers are said to include Argos, Staples, PC World, Pets at Home and Boots.
Sunley Holdings and Hawk Property Development Company are planning a new £11m retail park in Torquay, which will include a McDonald's drive-thru restaurant and up to three other retail stores, creating 100 jobs.
Laura Ashley is to sell its US business to management for a nominal sum as part of a deal with bankers to stave off insolvency.
Doughty Hanson, the private equity group, is acquiring Umbro, the sports clothing company, for £90m.
Gateshead Council is reconsidering plans from Costco of the US to build a warehouse shopping outlet on the former Dunston Power Station site, which would create hundreds of jobs.
Kingfisher is acquiring Dickens, the North East DIY group, for about £27m, and will convert at least four of the five outlets to the B&Q format.
Swan Hill has announced that it expects at least 400 jobs to be created when the £60m shopping village opens at Whiteley near Fareham in the autumn, and it will include 50 shops.
Claire's Accessories, a subsidiary of US-based Claire's Stores, is to set up a head office and jewellery distribution centre at the Bromford Gate scheme in Birmingham, creating 70 jobs.
Tesco has announced plans to create 10,000 new jobs by building new stores and expanding existing outlets, while its internet shopping trial will be extended to 100 stores by the end of the year.
Electronics Boutique has launched a recommended £97m offer to acquire Game, the chain of 86 entertainment software stores.
PMS International is planning to expand its toy warehouse in Basildon with the creation of 20 jobs.
Borders is planning to open book superstores in Oxford and Cambridge next year.
Galliford and Christiani & Nielsen have jointly won a £60m contract to build Birmingham's Millennium Point retail and leisure scheme, which will create more than 500 jobs over the next two years.
Asda has started recruiting 200 additional staff for its new hypermarket in Swansea, which is due to open in July.
Sears is to sell its Freemans mail order business to Otto Versand of Germany for undisclosed terms, leaving it focus on its retail operations which include Miss Selfridge, Richards, Warehouse, Adams, Wallis and Outfit.
James Beattie is planning to open a new department store in Huddersfield and expand existing stores in Northampton, Sutton Coldfield, Wolverhampton and Solihull, with the creation of 600 jobs.
Tie Rack is being acquired by Frangi Investments, the Italian scarf and tie manufacturer, for £23m, and the plan is to revitalise Tie Rack's 426 outlets.
Dobbies Garden Centres is acquiring E&J Bayley, the Shropshire-based operator of two garden centres, for £3.4m.
Whitbread is to expand its nationwide chain of Costa coffee shops with 50 new outlets over the next 12 months.
Safeway has submitted plans to Hyndburn Council to build a new store in Great Harwood near Blackburn, creating 180 jobs.
Bemrose, the manufacturer of promotional gifts, is to sell its US supplier division to Norwood for £80m.
Arriva has won planning permission to develop a B&Q DIY store in Sunderland that will create 250 jobs.
Bibby Distribution Services is planning a £3.7m expansion at its Scunthorpe operation to distribute drinks for the Nisa Today grocery chain, and up to 150 jobs will be created.
Holland & Barrett has opened a new health food store in Burton-on-Trent, and a distribution centre that will employ 300 is being built at the nearby Centrum 100 Business Park.
Next has announced plans to create an additional 2,000 jobs at the Ventura call centre that is being built in the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire.
Victory, the fashion company controlled by Virgin, has bought the assets of Cadoro, the menswear retailer, for £0.6m.
Tesco has agreed to acquire a site near Walsall town centre for £5m in order to build a supermarket and petrol station, creating up to 500 jobs.
Tesco is to open a store at Whiteley near Fareham with the creation of 200 jobs, as part of a £60m retail complex that is due to open in the autumn.
Somerfield has acquired Flanagans, the London-based grocery delivery business, for £3.2m, as part of an expansion of Somerfield Direct that will also include two new warehouses and 300 delivery vans.
Calderdale Council is to consider plans from John Radcliffe Associates for the construction of a £15m retail development at a former mill in Brighouse, which would create 200 jobs.
Dawson International is selling Dawson Fur Fabrics to a new company formed by 3i for £17m, as part of a strategy to dispose of non-core businesses.
Carpets International is to open a carpet distribution centre in Doncaster in June with the creation of 85 jobs, but 111 jobs will be lost at a site in Bradford.
Wm Morrison is planning to open 11 new supermarkets by the end of next year, as part of an expansion plan that will create 3,500 jobs.
Goldsmiths, the jewellery retailer, has agreed to a £44m management buy-out.
Lambert Smith Hampton, the commercial property agent, has announced that The Yankee Candle Company of the US is setting up a European headquarters in Bristol, creating at least 15 jobs.
Kingfisher is planning to open 103 new stores with the creation of 4,800 jobs, and has also announced a strategy to develop its business in continental Europe.
Deeley Properties is planning to build a £5m shopping centre in Normanton Road, Derby, which will create about 100 jobs.
Adria is planning to create 100 new jobs at factories in Strabane and Newry following an increase in demand for its hosiery and lingerie products.
Wilkinson Hardware Stores is to move to a larger store in Ilkeston this month, with the creation of 39 jobs.
Hays has won a contract to set up a national distribution network for the B&Q retailing chain, creating 400 jobs.
Holiday Hypermarkets is to expand its call centre in Stourbridge with the creation of 200 jobs, and its chain of stores is rising from six to 24.
Somerfield is to build a distribution depot near Selby in North Yorkshire with the creation of 600 jobs, as part of a plan to set up four such facilities throughout the UK.
C Jeffrey Black and J Lizars are to merge to create Scotland's largest independent optical group, with 23 branches and more than 200 staff.
Craigavon Borough Council has approved plans from Windsor Securities to develop a £20m factory outlet centre at Northway in Portadown, which could create 600 new jobs.
Harry Ramsden is planning to open 100 fish and chip kiosks around the world, creating 1,000 jobs.
B&Q is planning to open 10 warehouse stores over the next year as well as three supercentres in Cannock, Yeovil and Ashford, with the creation of 2,500 jobs.
Primark is to open a 30,000 sq ft clothing store in Reading, and about 100 office staff will relocate from Bracknell and Kilburn to the new location.
Blackwell's, the Oxford-based bookseller, is set to acquire Heffers of Cambridge for undisclosed terms, and the deal should be completed within weeks.
Land Securities and Hammerson have announced plans to combine the Bull Ring and the Martineaux Galleries in Birmingham into a single £800m shopping complex, and up to 8,000 jobs will be created.
Intimate Moments is opening a lingerie factory in Derby next month with the creation of 50 jobs, and also plans to open about 10 stores in major shopping centres over the next two years.
Karrimor, the outdoor clothing firm, has been bought by South African leisure group Cullinan Holdings for £9m, and production at the Clayton-le-Moors site is expected to close with the loss of 80 jobs.
Brown & Jackson plans to open a further 29 discount stores by the end of June to take the total to 530, and about 300 jobs will be created.
Morrison Developments is to open a £25m designer outlet village at Tillicoultry in Clackmannanshire in April, and 500 jobs are expected to be created in the 47 shops.
Tempo is to open a computer superstore at Brierley Hill in April, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Victory, the fashion and cosmetics business in which Virgin has a 56% stake, is acquiring the debt of Cadoro, the menswear retailer, and some of Cadoro's stores may be rebranded with the Virgin name.
Heal's is planning to open a new home furnishings store in Kingston upon Thames in November, and will then open one store a year for the next eight years.
Pillar Retail Parks is planning to open a 300,000 sq ft shopping park in Broughton near Chester in May that will create more than 1,000 jobs.
Wm Morrison is to create 100 jobs in Chester following the refurbishment of the recently-acquired Pioneer store.
B&Q is planning to open a new DIY store on the site of engineering company Freudenberg Technical Products in Wallsend, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Tesco is to build a Tesco Extra store on Tyneside near its existing building in Kingston Park, Newcastle, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
Bertram Books is to relocate its book wholesaling business from Norwich to the nearby Broadland Business Park development, where it will eventually house some 880 workers.
John Menzies has won approval to set up a newspaper and magazine distribution centre at the Broadland Business Park development near Norwich, where it will employ 80 people.
Synchro Systems is creating 50 jobs in Newcastle-under-Lyme to handle a new national identity card scheme that is designed to stop children buying cigarettes and alcohol.
Terrace Hill is to create 150 jobs in the Peak District when it completes the construction of the Peak Village Factory Shopping Outlet at Rowsley.
House of Fraser is planning a new £12m store in High Wycombe, which will create 400 jobs.
Next Group has opened a new £15m customer service centre through its Ventura division in Wath near Rotherham, which will create 1,750 new jobs over three years.
Darlington Council is considering plans from Miller for a £70m retail and business park scheme next to Lingfield Industrial Estate, and it could create up to 3,500 jobs.
Ikea is planning to build a £20m furniture superstore in Glasgow.
Bertrams, the independent book wholesaler, is merging with Cypher, the library supplier, in a £54m deal financed by Mercury Asset Management Private Equity.
H Young is acquiring Animal, the supplier of sports clothing and accessories, for about £2m.
Richard Roberts, the knitwear and fashions company, is opening a new factory in Leicester which will create up to 50 new jobs.
B&Q has announced plans to build a £20m DIY warehouse store in Chester, which could create more than 200 jobs.
Havelock Europa has acquired the in-house printing division of Kwik Save for £0.5m, in order to expand its point of sale display business.
BAA McArthur Glen has started work on the expansion of its designer retail outlet at Bridgend, which will add a further 34 retail units to the current 60 and create 300 more jobs.
Safeway has announced plans to build a superstore at Alness in the Highlands, which will create 200 jobs.
Johnson Service has sold its US dry-cleaning subsidiary to DCI for £30m, in order to focus on the expansion of its UK business.
Tesco is seeking planning permission to build an 80,000 sq ft store in Washington, Tyne & Wear, which would create up to 500 jobs.
Carphone Warehouse is to buy 270 Tandy electrical stores from InterTan of the US for undisclosed terms, which will give it a total of 450 stores in the UK and 139 in continental Europe.
Arriva and B&Q have announced a £16m plan to build a B&Q retailing super-centre next to Arriva's main dealership in Sunderland city centre, creating up to 250 jobs.
Asda is to build a new store on the existing site of North Hertfordshire College in Stevenage, creating up to 400 jobs.
Sears has accepted a £549m takeover offer from Philip Green, the retail entrepreneur.
Somerfield has announced plans to expand its petrol forecourt retailing business in partnership with Elf, as part of a £25m investment programme that will create 1,500 jobs over the next 18 months.
IMI has acquired Melrose Displays, the US supplier of displays to retailers, for undisclosed terms.
Caverdale has acquired Navyclose, the retailer of marine leisure products, for £1.6m.
Peter Christian has bought the Dewhirst clothing factory in Knighton, Powys, and is to create 45 jobs to manufacture knitwear garments.
Goodwins, the Staffordshire-based confectionery and tobacco wholesaler, has been acquired by BWG of Dublin for undisclosed terms.
B&Q is to open a new DIY warehouse store in Reading in April, creating 250 jobs.
Sears is to sell its Creation store card business to Groupe Cofinoga of France for £139m, and is also close to agreeing the sale of a number of development properties.
London International Group is to close its group headquarters in London and move to its European regional office in Hertfordshire, with the loss of 25 jobs.
Bleckmann Logistics of the Netherlands is to set up a warehouse in Basildon to distribute clothes for a US company, and up to 200 jobs will be created.
Dixons is planning to create up to 2,000 jobs this year by expanding its chain of electrical stores.
British American Tobacco is to acquire Rothmans International for £5.28bn, which is expected to lead to job losses in their UK and worldwide cigarette factories.
Inchcape has sold its Asia-Pacific marketing business to Li & Fung for £93m.
Costco is planning to open 12 more stores and a chain of petrol stations over the next few years, including outlets in Twickenham, Chingford and Gateshead.
MFI, the furniture retailer, has set up a customer service centre at the Sunderland Enterprise Park, creating 120 jobs.
Halfords is planning to open 20 car parts superstores each year for the next 10 years.
Retailers are planning a major recruitment drive to fill 3,500 vacancies that will be created with the opening of the £250m Oracle centre in Reading in September.