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GREAT Universal Stores, owner of Argos and Homebase, said today it was bracing itself for another tough year after seeing like-for-like sales Like-for-Like Sales
The portion of current sales achieved through activities that are comparable to the activities of the previous year.
Using like-for-like sales is a method of valuation that attempts to exclude any effects of expansion, acquisition, or other decline at both its retail businesses in the six months to September 30.
Sales fell 3% at catalogue firm Argos while Homebase was 4% lower since the end of February. The group said that, while both chains outperformed their competitors, it was still planning on the assumption that sales for the market as a whole would be in decline over the next 12 months. Argos bought 33 Index outlets earlier this year from Liverpool-based Littlewoods
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SGP Schering-Plough (stock symbol)
SGP Stability and Growth Pact
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SGP Speedway Grand Prix Property Services, which provides a range of property management services and will let Johnson bid for work with larger corporate clients
CAR retailer Lookers has bought Bristol-based APEC, wholesale distributor of braking parts, for pounds 9.25m.
Lookers chief executive Ken Surgenor said the deal is in line with its strategy of strengthening its franchised used cars and aftersales base