Debenhams Says Uk Recovery To Take Time As Sales Pick Up

People walk past Debenhams department store on Oxford Street, in central London, January 10th 2011. REUTERS/Ki Price

There is no legislation in the UK in respect of the wearing of the niqab. There is no law in this country banning it. aThe jury will be able to determine her demeanour while wearing the veil. Demeanour is not just how their mouth moves, it is how their head moves, their eyes move, their hands move. That will be fully visible to the jury and no bar to her giving evidence.a The judgment came on the day the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, said that he did not believe it was aappropriatea for students to wear a full veil in the classroom or for people to go through airport security with their faces covered. Clegg told the BBC: aI think it is very un-British to start telling people what pieces of clothing they should wear. I think there are exceptions to that as far as the full veil is concerned a security at airports, for instance. It is perfectly reasonable for us to say the full veil is clearly not appropriate there. aAnd I think in the classroom, there is an issue of course about teachers being able to address their students in a way where they can address them face to face. I think it is quite difficult in the classroom to be able to do that.a The Home Office minister Jeremy Browne earlier called for a national debate on whether the state should step in to prevent young women having the veil imposed upon them. That intervention was sparked by a row over the decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to drop a ban on the wearing of full-face veils.

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UKFI noted that the placing is expected to comprise 4.28 billion of Lloyd’s common shares. The price at which the shares will be sold will be determined by an accelerated bookbuilding process. UKFI said that the book will open with immediate effect following the announcement. BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan Cazenove and UBS Investment Bank have been appointed to act as joint bookrunners in connection with the placing. The British government is selling part of the 38.7 percent stake that it has been holding in Lloyds since it bailed out the banking group following the bank’s troubled takeover of HBOS during the 2008 financial crisis. Lloyds has been grappling with tough times after its merger with HBOS. Meanwhile, Royal Bank of Scotland was rescued by means of a 45 billion pounds bailout in 2008, following its ill-timed purchase of Dutch bank ABN Amro. The British government currently holds an 81 percent stake in RBS. UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said in June 2013 that the first sale of the government’s stake in Lloyds is likely to be an institutional one. However, for subsequent disposals the government will consider all options, including a retail offering to the general public.

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While official data and surveys have shown an improving outlook for UK consumer spending, which generates about two thirds of gross domestic product, retailers remain wary. Many, including Next (NXT.L), Britain’s No. 2 clothing retailer, say consumer spending is likely to remain subdued until wages rise ahead of inflation, which could be over a year away. “We’ve all seen the positive indicators and that’s maybe good for the future but the reality is it doesn’t feel like things are getting better at the moment if you are a consumer,” Sharp told Reuters. Debenhams, which trails employee-owned John Lewis JLP.UL by annual sales, said sales at stores open over a year rose 1.9 percent in the 10 weeks to August 31, its fiscal fourth quarter, as it won share in categories including womenswear and beauty. That was in line with analysts’ forecasts, compared with a flat outcome in the 16 weeks to June 22, and took growth for the full financial year to 2 percent. “The summer weather was undoubtedly helpful but we’ve grown market share which demonstrates that in a competitive market place the strategy is delivering,” said Sharp, pointing to data from Kantar Worldpanel which showed Debenhams’ share in clothing, footwear and accessories rising by 30 basis points in the 12 weeks to August 4. Online sales were up 46.2 percent over the year, well ahead of market growth of 14.4 percent, while revenue through mobile phones soared 128 percent. Analysts said the online growth partly reflected a catch up with rivals that moved much earlier to expand online, such as Next. “Robust trading over the last quarter should go some way to reassuring investors that the Debenhams proposition continues to appeal to customers,” said analysts at Oriel Securities. Debenhams forecast a flat gross profit margin for the full year, in line with guidance. Prior to the update analysts were on average forecasting a full-year pretax profit of about 153 million pounds, down from 158.3 million pounds in the 2011-12 year.

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in early October, stars Will Arnett as a newly divorced man who looks forward to single life until his parent’s marital problems derail his plans. We Are Men, which debuts on Sept. 30, has star-studded cast led by Tony Shaloub, Jerry OConnell, Kal Penn and Chris Smith. They four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who share their missteps in love. Under the content agreement, Comedy Central UK also renewed its rights to King of Queens and Rules of Engagement. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The deal was struck by Brad Wood, head of acquisitions, Comedy Central UK and Stephen Tague, senior vp, Europe, CBS Studios International. “The Millers was the stand-out comedy at this year’s LA Screenings,” said Wood. “Its a great fit with our current crop of U.S. and U.K. sitcoms.And it has the best Dirty Dancing scene we’ve seen since the original movie!” “We are pleased to build on our long-term partnership with Comedy Central UK,” said Tague. “We Are Men and The Millers will provide Comedy Central UKs audience with award-winning casts and CBSs customary high-quality production values.”