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John Lewis is considering plans to expand its department store at Bluewater in Kent in 2008, with the creation of more than 100 new jobs.
Home Delivery Network has announced plans to set up a permanent distribution centre at the former Peugeot site in Coventry, with the creation of a further 450 jobs.
Phones 4u is to create up to 60 jobs at its Staffordshire-based head office over the next six months, as part of a strategy to expand its chain of 440 mobile phone stores.
Fabricant, the home furnishings company with sites in London and North Yorkshire, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
Two Wests & Elliott, the Chesterfield-based supplier of mail order garden accessories, has undergone a £0.6m management buy-out.
Instore has bought 33 Ponden Mill shops out of administration for £3.8m, in order to expand its Poundstretcher subsidiary.
Floors 2 Go is planning to expand its chain of 137 flooring stores with 30 new outlets next year.
Joules Clothing is to create 25 new jobs at the new headquarters for its outdoor clothing business in Market Harborough, and a further 25 jobs will be created next year with the expansion of its chain of 11 stores.
JJB Sports has acquired Original Shoe Company, the chain of 60 branded clothing and footwear stores, from Sports Direct International for £5m.
Arrogant Cat is to invest £5m in the expansion of its chain of six fashion stores to 20 over the next two years.
Culverwell has been appointed by Acorn Pet Centres to find suitable sites in Scotland for the expansion of its chain of 35 pet stores.
Somerfield is planning to expand its chain of 900 supermarkets with 250 new stores over the next three years.
Vistula of Poland is planning to open its first UK menswear store with a 1,000 sq ft outlet at Savile Row in London.
Wynnstay has acquired the goodwill and certain assets of Wrekin Country Stores, the owner of agricultural stores in Telford and Stafford, in order to expand its existing chain of 27 outlets.
The Original Factory Shop, the Burnley-based chain of 84 discount stores, has undergone a £68m management buy-out backed by private equity firm Duke Street Capital.
TJ Morris is to invest £35m at its headquarters and distribution centre at the Axis Business Park in Liverpool, with the creation of up to 700 jobs, and its Home Bargains chain will grow from 150 to 350 stores over the next ten years.
Anglesey County Council is to consider plans from Ynys Mon Estates for the development of a shopping and leisure complex at Ty Mawr, including a multiplex cinema, bowling and the creation of up to 1,300 jobs.
Hotter Shoes has secured a £21m investment from Gresham Private Equity to fund the expansion of its Skelmersdale-based shoes business, including new plant and IT systems and the development of retail outlets and export markets.
John David Group has acquired the Bank Stores chain of 49 fashion outlets from Phoenix Equity Partners for £18m.
Next is to create 40 jobs at a new homewares store at Middlebrook in Bolton early next year, as part of an ongoing expansion programme for the Next Home chain.
Kirklees Council is to consider plans from National Grid Property for the development of a retail complex at a former gasworks site on Leeds Road, which could create about 250 jobs.
Radley, the handbag supplier, has been acquired by private equity firm Exponent for £130m.
Co-operative Group has acquired PCT Healthcare, the Chesterfield-based chain of 52 pharmacies with 400 staff.
Carluccio's is planning to expand its London-based chain of 32 restaurants and delicatessens with up to five new outlets over the next year.
Jemella Group is to set up a new headquarters for its Ghd hair products business at Bridgewater Place in Leeds, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
N Brown, the home shopping group, is to sell its Zendor fulfilment subsidiary to GSI Luxembourg for £3.8m.
Asda has submitted plans to Vale of the White Horse District Council to build a 450,000 sq ft distribution centre in Didcot, which could create up to 400 jobs.
Build-a-Bear is planning to expand its chain of 48 toy shops with up to ten new outlets a year, and is seeking units of up to 2,500 sq ft in shopping centres and leisure sites.
Apple Pharmacy Group has acquired three pharmacies in Edinburgh, Glasgow and East Kilbride, and now employs 130 staff at 13 outlets.
Abercrombie & Fitch is looking to open up to ten Hollister fashion stores in the UK over the next year, starting with a flagship in London.
East has secured £4m to fund the expansion of its chain of 60 fashion stores and concessions.
Pets at Home is planning to expand its chain of 209 pet stores with 20 new outlets a year, and 40 in-store vet centres will open next year.
TK Maxx is planning to open five HomeSense home furnishings stores of up to 15,000 sq ft in the South East next year.
Adel Cash & Carry, the Sheffield-based hair and beauty store group with 45 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate.
Starbucks is planning to expand its chain of coffee shops with at least 100 new outlets in the UK and Ireland next year, taking the total to 725.
Peacocks is planning to expand its chain of 500 discount clothing stores with 40 new outlets next year, and believes there is potential to reach 1,000.
Agent Provocateur, the chain of 32 lingerie stores, is to sell a majority stake to private equity firm 3i for £60m.
Bounty, the supplier of baby products to new parents, is to be acquired by Kaboose of Canada for £70m.
LittleMissMatched is planning to open a chain of up to 50 children's clothing stores in regional shopping centres across the country, following a successful trial in Bluewater.
Skillsmart Retail is planning to expand the headcount at its London-based retail skills development business from 28 to 40.
Deichmann Shoes of Germany is planning to expand its UK chain of shoe shops from 25 to 200 over the next five years.
Lombok is looking to expand its chain of 17 furniture stores, and is seeking suitable sites in Manchester, Chester, Harrogate and Wilmslow.
Travis Perkins is to acquire Tile Giant, the Stoke-based chain of 29 tile stores in the North of England and the Midlands, for £12m.
Morrisons is planning to set up a major fruit and vegetable packing and distribution centre at the former Gerber Foods site in Bridgwater, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Ponden Mill, the West Yorkshire-based chain of 250 home furnishings stores with more than 1,400 staff, has been acquired by Agilo.
Morrisons is to set up an 80,000 sq ft store at the new £40m Openshaw shopping centre due to open in Manchester next summer.
Heart of England Co-op has started a refurbishment programme for its 33 stores across Warwickshire and Leicestershire, having just invested £1m at a store in Coventry.
Merepark and Capital & Counties are planning to invest £30m in the refurbishment of the Lewis's department store building in Liverpool, so that all nine floors will be used for retail and leisure.
Rituals of the Netherlands is planning to open at least 15 cosmetics stores in the UK next year, as part of a strategy to develop a chain of up to 250 sites over the next ten years.
Bonita of Germany is planning to develop a chain of up to 400 fashion stores in the UK, and is seeking 1,000 sq ft sites in high streets and market towns for an initial trial of ten outlets.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans from Land Securities and Henderson Global Investors for the £100m expansion of the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre by 2011.
The Festival Park shopping village in Ebbw Vale has been acquired by Chester Properties for £19m, and expansion plans will be unveiled over the next few weeks.
Marks & Spencer is to invest up to £1.1bn in an expansion programme during each of the next two years, and is particularly interested in Ireland, China, India and continental Europe.
Adili is planning to raise £1.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its Dorset-based online fashion retailing business.
Dreams is planning to double its chain of bed stores to more than 300 over the next five years, with 12 new outlets due to open over the next eight weeks.
Austin Reed is planning to expand its chains of 92 Austin Reed and 217 CC fashion stores with a further 60 outlets over the next two years.
Ed Hardy, the US denim brand, is seeking a suitable site to open its first store in London next spring, as part of a planned European expansion programme.
Premier Kitchens & Bedrooms is planning to open a further five kitchen showroom outlets in the east of England, and the first will be in Wisbech.
House of Fraser is to recruit 500 staff for a new department store due to open in Belfast next March.
Baxters has won approval to set up a £1m food store at the former Selkirk Glass building in Selkirk, with the creation of 20 jobs, and a further four new stores are planned over the next two years.
Co-operative Group is seeking a suitable site for a new 200,000 sq ft headquarters in Manchester, in order to relocate 3,000 staff from existing offices on Corporation Street.
Morrisons is recruiting 200 staff for a new supermarket due to open at Giffnock in East Renfrewshire early next year.
Poundland is planning to expand its chain of 157 discount stores to at least 232 by 2010.
Comptoir des Cotonniers of France is planning to open a further 30 fashion stores across the UK by 2010, to add to its existing nine outlets in London.
Natuzzi is planning to open a further ten luxury furniture stores in the London area over the next five years, and is also looking to open more concessions in department stores.
B&Q is looking to recruit 80 staff for a new 45,000 sq ft DIY store due to open in King's Lynn in March.
Coffee Republic has appointed retail agent Leslie Furness to find suitable sites to open 50 new coffee outlets a year.
Umbro, the Cheshire-based sports kit manufacturer, is to be acquired by Nike of the US for £285m.
Wilkinson is to create 100 jobs at a new 29,000 sq ft store due to replace the Somerfield supermarket in Torquay's Union Square next May.
Louis Vuitton is to open a flagship Maison luxury goods store on London's New Bond Street next year, at a cost of about £10m.
Carphone Warehouse is planning to set up a nationwide chain of Geek Squad home support outlets, following a successful trial in London.
Blue Inc is to open six menswear stores over the next six weeks, taking the total chain to 51.
Asda is to submit plans to build a £20m 60,000 sq ft store on the Queensway in East Kilbride, with the creation of 350 jobs.
Greenwoods is planning to expand its chain of menswear stores from 92 to 102 over the next year, having secured a credit facility from Royal Bank of Scotland.
Caffe Nero is planning to expand its chain of 327 coffee shops with 45 new outlets during this financial year.
Whitbread is planning to expand its chain of Costa Coffee outlets from 825 to 1,000 in the current financial year, including 700 in the UK.
Ethel Austin has secured a £5m cash injection that will be used to fund a marketing campaign, refurbish its 307 value clothing stores and open three new outlets next year.
Reiss is planning to set up a nationwide chain of about 60 accessories stores, having just opened the first in Hampstead.
B&M Retail is planning to expand its chain of 48 B&M Bargains discount stores to 100 over the next five years, including 12 new outlets next year.
West Cornwall Pasty Company, the Porthleven-based chain of 55 pasty shops, has been acquired by Gresham Private Equity for more than £30m.
Nevisport, the Fort William-based outdoor clothing retailer, is to be acquired by Jacobs & Turner of Glasgow, securing the future of 80 jobs at the six remaining stores.
Co-operative Group is planning to invest £200m in the modernisation of its stores next year, and 200 more convenience stores will open by the end of 2009.
Moyses Stevens is planning to open seven florist shops in London, and will then look at large cities across the country.
Homebase has bought 27 DIY stores from Focus for £40m, with the transfer of 720 staff.
Travis Perkins is to acquire seven DIY stores from Focus and Payless for £4m, in order to expand its chain of Wickes stores to 190.
Phoenix Medical Supplies is to acquire Nucare, the chain of 35 pharmacies and provider of purchasing, marketing and support services to independent pharmacists, for £48m.
Fabric Warehouse, the chain of 40 textile stores, is planning to open 30 concessions in Homebase and other sites over the next two years.
John Lewis is to increase capital expenditure from £80m to £180m this financial year, including store openings and the refurbishment of some of its 26 department stores.
Whole Foods Market is considering plans to open 40,000 sq ft supermarkets in Bristol, Manchester and London's Canary Wharf.
Speciality Retail Group is planning to open 20 Suits You menswear stores over the next three years, and will also open more Racing Green outlets.
BeCogent is to expand its call centre in Airdrie and create up to 30 new jobs, having won a £2m contract to provide customer services for House of Fraser.
Greggs is planning to expand its chain of 1,353 bakery outlets by opening 30 new sites a year.
Avoca of Ireland is to create 60 jobs at a new 14,000 sq ft clothes and giftware store due to open in Belfast at the end of the month.
Derby City Council is to consider proposals from Derby Cityscape for the development of a £8m boulevard to link the railway station with the city centre, including new shops and gardens.
Jamie's Italian is to raise £7.5m to fund the development of a chain of up to 20 restaurants over the next five years, with the first opening in Bath early next year.
Sainsbury's is to relocate its London headquarters and about 2,000 staff from Holborn to a new 250,000 sq ft site at King's Cross in 2011.
La Senza is looking to set up a 100,000 sq ft lingerie distribution centre in West London, having shortlisted two potential sites at Heathrow and Hatton Cross.
Alliance Boots has acquired Henderson Pharmacy, the Northumberland-based chain of 14 pharmacies with 120 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Monsoon, the chain of 858 fashion stores, is considering a bid from its founder and chairman to return to private ownership, in a deal that values the business at £755m.
All Saints is planning to open four new fashion stores of about 3,000 sq ft next year, and is also looking at a further eight locations.
Premaman of Belgium is planning to open up to 60 maternity and childrenswear stores in the UK over the next three years, with the first opening in Brighton in February.
Living Ventures is to invest up to £10m refurbishing its chain of ten Est Est Est restaurants into the Gusto Bar format.
Bedford Borough Council has approved plans from St Modwen Properties for the £150m redevelopment of the town centre, including a new department store, bus station, homes, cinema and leisure complex.
Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired ID Magasin, the Leicestershire-based retail and shopper insight consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
Ideal Shopping Direct is to invest £8m in the expansion of its TV shopping headquarters in Peterborough, including an extension to the warehouse and the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Individual Restaurant Company is planning to expand its chain of 26 restaurants with seven new outlets in 2008, and is also looking to expand into Ireland.
Tesco has announced plans to build a £20m store in Brixham, with the creation of 200 jobs, as part of a regeneration project that will include ten smaller retail units, offices and a new bus interchange.
Radley has announced plans to open a further ten handbag stores in the UK over the next three years.
Midcounties Co-operative Society has acquired the Rusts chain of ten convenience stores for undisclosed terms.
ScS Upholstery is planning to expand its chain of 95 sofa stores with at least five new outlets this year.
Wyevale Garden Centres has acquired the Peter Barratt's chain of three garden centres in Gosforth, Beverley and Stockton, with the transfer of up to 400 staff.
Automatic Retailing is to relocate its vending machines business from Gateshead to Cramlington this month, and will "significantly" expand the 100-strong workforce.
Monceau Fleurs of France is planning to set up a chain of 50 florist shops in the UK, with the first opening in South Kensington this month.
ArgentVive is planning to acquire AuctionAssist, the online auction services company, for £2.6m.
Clapham House is planning to expand its chain of 32 Gourmet Burger restaurants in the UK to 100 by 2011, and has also announced a franchise deal to open outlets in Turkey.
Borders has sold its 70 book stores in the UK to Risk Capital Partners for about £20m.
Gourmet Holdings is to raise £2m in a share placing to fund the development of a chain of patisseries in London.
Waitrose is said to be considering plans to invest £800m opening up to 50 new supermarkets over the next five years.
New West End Company has announced plans to invest £34m in the West End of London over the next five years, in order to improve signage and transport.
Martin McColl has acquired Smile Stores, the Bristol-based chain of 92 convenience stores, for undisclosed terms.
Caerphilly County Borough Council is seeking a private sector partner to build a £25m retail and leisure complex in Bargoed.
Sainsbury's is planning to build a £15m store in Biddulph, North Staffordshire, by mid-2009, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Smollenskys, the chain of nine London restaurants, has been acquired by Shire Group of Corbridge for £6.5m.
Management Consulting Group is to acquire Kurt Salmon Associates, the US retail and consumer products consultancy, for £63m.
Debenhams is planning to open ten new department stores next year, as part of a long-term strategy to expand from 133 to 240 outlets.
Wyevale Garden Centres is to relocate a further 70 head office jobs from Hereford to Slough.
Virgin Megastores is to undergo a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and the 125 music stores will be rebranded under the Zavvi name by November.
ChoicesUK has sold 59 music and DVD stores out of administration to Blockbuster, securing the future of 450 jobs.
American Golf has acquired the South West Golf chain of seven stores in East Anglia and the East Midlands for undisclosed terms.
Marks & Spencer is planning to set up a 1m sq ft distribution centre at ProLogis Park in Bradford, although the site does not yet have planning consent.
Glasgow City Council is considering plans for the £25m expansion of the Glasgow Fort shopping centre, including a new Marks & Spencer store and the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Co-operative Group is considering plans to set up a new distribution centre on the M62 corridor between Warrington and Brighouse, casting doubt over the future of 370 jobs at existing depots in Talke and Eccleshall.
Woolworths is to relocate its THE book distribution business from Chesterton to its recently-acquired Bertram business in Norfolk in December, with the loss of 150 warehouse jobs.
Whiteley Village Outlet Shopping Centre has unveiled proposals to invest up to £100m in new facilities over the next ten years, including more shops, homes, a 60-room hotel and a library.
Restaurant Group is planning to expand its chain of 150 Frankie & Benny's outlets with 100 new sites over the next five years.
Tesco has unveiled plans for a new store at Cannon Park in Coventry, which will create 200 jobs.
Co-operative Group has sold its Shoefayre chain of shoe stores to Shoe Zone for undisclosed terms.
Botterills is to expand its chain of 46 convenience stores with the acquisition of seven D&M Edgar Spar outlets in Ayrshire and south-western Scotland.
Manna is planning to open a chain of 35 food halls by 2012, with the first opening at sites in Batley and Romford over the next few months.
Inglot of Poland is planning to open a chain of company-owned and franchised cosmetics stores in the UK, having opened the first at Bluewater in July.
Dunelm Mill is to create 100 jobs at a new soft furnishings superstore due to open in Dumfries by the end of the year.
Findel is to buy the Peterborough-based music wholesaling division of ChoicesUK out of administration for undisclosed terms, securing 330 jobs, and the business will be sold on to Webb Group.
Bibby Line has acquired a 51% stake in the Costcutter Supermarkets chain of convenience stores, which employs 450 staff.
Papa John's is planning to expand its chain of 87 pizza restaurants to 300 by 2016, and is seeking sites of up to 1,000 sq ft.
Primark, the discount clothing retailer, is to set up a third 422,000 sq ft warehouse at Magna Park in Lutterworth.
Walkers Mcr, the Manchester-based supplier of promotional display material for shops with 78 staff, has undergone a £5m management buy-out backed by Amin Amiri Enterprises.
Tesco has confirmed plans to create about 1,000 jobs at a new distribution centre being proposed by Goodman at Andover Airfield.
Notcutts has sold its plant nurseries business to a new company called John Woods Nurseries with the transfer of 140 staff, in order to focus on its Suffolk-based chain of 13 garden centres.
Askews Library Services, the Preston-based book supplier with 200 staff, has been acquired by The Little Group of Eastbourne.
Wyevale is to acquire Sanders Garden World in Highbridge, Somerset, for more than £10m, and is now looking to spend £50m on the acquisition of more garden centres.
Tesco is looking to expand its chain of seven Homeplus non-food stores to 17, having already identified six new sites.
Blooming Marvellous, the chain of 14 maternity wear stores, has been acquired by Arev of Iceland for £5m.
Custo Barcelona of Spain is planning to open a chain of fashion stores in the UK, having appointed Harper Dennis Hobbs to find suitable sites of up to 2,500 sq ft.
USC is to invest £4m in the refurbishment of its chain of 57 fashion stores, in order to expand the menswear offering.
Tesco is planning to set up 800,000 sq ft distribution centres at two Goodman development projects at Northfleet in Kent and Andover in Hampshire.
Palmer & Harvey McLane has acquired T&A Symonds, the Yeovil-based wholesaler, for undisclosed terms, and is now seeking further acquisitions across the country.
Utopian Leisure is planning to open a chain of ten Little Fat Buddha takeaway outlets in County Durham over the next three years.
Shaftesbury has won planning permission to develop a £40m shopping village at the two-acre Longmartin site in London by 2009.
Bunzl has acquired Coffee Point Group, the London-based vending machine operator with annual sales of £45m.
Holland & Barrett is planning to expand its chain of 500 health food stores to 600 over the next three years, and is seeking sites with trading space of up to 1,200 sq ft.
Abel & Cole has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers to consider the options to expand its London-based organic vegetable box delivery business.
Sainsbury is planning to relocate its general merchandising operation to Coventry, and is also looking to recruit 125 additional staff from other retailers.
Peter Black, the Keighley-based supplier of shoes, handbags and gift packs, has been acquired by Li & Fung of China for £48m.
Hawkshead, the Cumbria-based chain of 20 outdoor clothing stores, has been bought out of administration by Trafford Park-based Regatta for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 180 jobs.
Medway Council has unveiled proposals for the £50m regeneration of Gillingham town centre over the next ten years, including new shops, offices, homes and leisure facilities.
Makro is to complete the refurbishment of its chain of 33 wholesale outlets over the next five years.
Co-operative Group is to sell off eight food stores in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Northumberland, in order to win regulatory approval for its merger with United Co-operatives.
Intermix of the US is planning to open fashion boutiques in London and other major UK cities, having appointed CWM to find suitable sites.
Nike is planning to open a further eight factory outlet stores in the UK by summer 2008, to add to the existing 16 sites.
Asda is to expand its chain of nine Living non-food stores to 13 this autumn, and believes there is potential for up to 300.
Hamleys is said to be considering plans to open standalone toy shops of about 20,000 sq ft in Scotland and the North West, having identified possible sites in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Manchester.
Out of Town Group, the shopping centre restaurant operator, has been bought out of administration by one of its original founders, and now plans to double in size with the creation of 600 jobs over the next three years.
Neal's Yard Remedies is to invest £5m in the expansion of its chain of 28 natural products stores to 50 sites by 2010.
Travelling Light has been bought out of administration by OR Clothing, securing the future of 45 jobs at its Cumbrian mail order clothing business.
Bayagent of Durham is planning to open nine surplus stock warehouses across the country next year, each employing about ten staff.
BoConcept of Denmark is planning to open about 30 furniture stores in the UK, including new outlets in Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Urban Outfitters of the US is to expand its chain of seven fashion stores in the UK with the introduction of the new Anthropologie format, and will start looking for suitable sites later this year.
Land of Leather is looking to expand its chain of 100 furniture stores with 160 new outlets in the UK and Ireland by 2013.
Marks & Spencer is to create over 130 new jobs at a new store due to open at the White Rose shopping centre in Leeds this autumn, but the outlet in nearby Dewsbury will close.
HMV is to acquire six Fopp music stores and the Fopp brand out of administration, and has also announced the sale of its 62 Japanese stores to Daiwa Securities and Sumitomo Mitsui for £70m.
Eco-St is planning to open ten ecological stores and 100 concessions over the next three years.
Fruits & Passion of Canada is planning to open 25 health and beauty store in the UK over the next five years, with the first opening in Manchester this summer.
Kesa Electricals is to acquire Electrodomesticos Menaje Del Hogar Sociedad Anonima, the Spanish electricals retailer with 62 stores, for £68m.
Domino's Pizza is to invest £25m in a new distribution and training centre in Milton Keynes, in order to assist its planned expansion from 470 to 1,000 outlets.
Homebuy, the electrical products supplier with 400 staff in Walsall, Manchester, Chester-le-Street, Belfast, Dundee, Glasgow, Rotherham, Sevenoaks and Wigan, has undergone a £22m management buy-out.
Starbucks is looking to expand its chain of 550 coffee shops by opening outlets in hospitals, universities, theme parks and hotels.
Wynnstay Group is planning to open up to 30 Just For Pets stores over the next three years, and would consider making an acquisition.
Joules is to open fashion stores in Bath, Marlborough and Chichester this summer, taking the total chain to 11.
Phase Eight is looking to expand its chain of 61 fashion stores with up to 20 new outlets a year.
Glasses Direct has raised £2.9m of venture capital to fund the expansion of its online spectacles retailing business.
CJ Lang & Son is investing £5m in a new distribution depot in Dundee, in order to merge two existing wholesale operations and up to 500 staff onto one site by January 2008.
Abercrombie & Fitch of the US has appointed NB Real Estate to find suitable sites to expand its chain of casual wear stores into the UK.
B&Q is to create 250 jobs at a new DIY superstore due to open at Maskew Avenue in Peterborough in October, while 64 staff will transfer from its existing store.
Hope & Greenwood is planning to set up a nationwide chain of 50 British Tea Rooms over the next few years, in partnership with Ponti's, and the first will open on London's Marylebone High Street in September.
Wilkinson is planning to expand its chain of 280 hardware stores to 500 by 2012, including its first stores in Scotland.
Hawkin's Bazaar is planning to expand its chain of 31 toy shops with up to 15 new outlets this year.
Mountain Warehouse, the chain of 33 outdoor clothing stores, has undergone a £15m management buy-out backed by Arev of Iceland.
B&M Bargains is planning to expand its chain of 42 discount variety stores with 12 new outlets a year for the next three years.
Mamas & Papas is planning to expand its chain of 32 maternity stores with a number of smaller boutique outlets, and is also in discussions with potential franchise partners in China, India, Russia and Turkey.
Sports Direct International has acquired a 60% stake in Field & Trek, the chain of 11 outdoor clothing and equipment stores, for £5m.
Asda is in discussions with St Modwen Properties and Birmingham City Council about plans to build a £25m 100,000 sq ft store at the Longbridge site, with the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Albemarle & Bond is to acquire Herbert Brown, the Leeds-based chain of 26 jewellery and financial services shops, for £31m, taking its total chain to 112.
Tesco is to submit plans to build a superstore in Fareham town centre, which could create 363 jobs by the end of 2008.
Musgrave has acquired J&J Haslett, the food wholesaler with 360 staff at eight sites in Northern Ireland, for undisclosed terms.
Myhome has acquired Ferrum UK Group, the South Wales-based dry cleaning and laundry franchise business, for up to £4.8m.
Bijou Brigitte of Germany is planning to develop a nationwide chain of jewellery and accessories stores in the UK, starting with two outlets in Croydon and Uxbridge.
Home Bargains is planning to open 25 stores in South Wales over the next three years, as part of a strategy to expand its nationwide chain of 120 outlets to 500 over the next ten years.
Tesco is planning to open a further 85 Express convenience stores by February 2008, to add to the existing 756.
Floors 2 Go is looking to expand its chain of 140 flooring stores to 300 over the long term.
Aldi is planning to expand its chain of 401 discount grocery stores with up to 250 new outlets in the UK and Ireland over the next five years.
Amirose International, the Essex-based cosmetics supplier, is to be acquired by Core Business of London in a £2.6m reverse takeover.
Sports Direct International has agreed to acquire Everlast Worldwide, the US boxing brand, for £91m, but a rival bid could come from Hidary Group.
Tesco is to recruit 170 staff for a new supermarket due to open in North Berwick in August.
Rippleglen has acquired Northcliffe Retail, the East Midlands-based chain of 61 convenience stores, from Daily Mail & General Trust for £8.2m.
TM Lewin is planning to expand its chain of 48 clothing stores to 100 over the next five years.
Graham & Green is planning to expand its London-based chain of four home and giftware stores with six new outlets by the end of 2010.
B&Q is to recruit up to 300 staff for a new DIY store due to open at Hermiston Gait in Edinburgh in October.
Consolidated Vending has acquired KR, the supplier of coin-operated rides to shopping centres, for £0.6m.
Heathcotes is to invest £3m in the expansion of its chain of 12 restaurants, with new outlets opening in Manchester city centre, Cheadle Hulme and Clitheroe by the end of 2008.
CI Traders, the Channel Islands-based retail and property group, has accepted a £260m takeover offer from a private equity consortium led by Duke Street Capital.
Home Retail Group has announced plans to develop a 750,000 sq ft home delivery distribution centre at Gwent Europark in South Wales, which should create hundreds of jobs.
Clarks is planning to open 450 footwear stores overseas in the next ten years, starting with continental Europe and the US.
Focus, the chain of 250 DIY stores, is to be acquired by US hedge fund Cerberus for a nominal sum.
Welcome Break is to create 50 new jobs at the Keele service station on the M6 this summer, following a revamp of facilities.
Sunglass Hut is looking to expand its UK chain of eyewear stores from 60 to 100, including up to ten new outlets this year.
Lloydspharmacy is looking to expand its chain of 80 pharmacy outlets in Greater London with up to 60 new sites, and a new format has been launched at its branch in Vauxhall.
Wagamama is planning to expand its chain of 43 noodle restaurants with ten new outlets this year and ten next year, having appointed Montagu Evans to find suitable sites of up to 5,000 sq ft.
John Lewis Direct is to relocate its London headquarters from Chelsea to a 30,000 sq ft office at 111 Buckingham Palace Road.
Tesco is to refurbish 200 of its 507 One Stop convenience stores this year, and 18 new outlets will open.
Vision Capital has acquired a majority stake in the Thresher group of off-licences and the BrightHouse TV retail business for £250m.
Felix Group is to raise £4.2m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its kiosks business.
BeCogent is to create 250 jobs at its call centre in Erskine, having won a contract to handle customer enquiries for John Lewis Direct.
Upstarts, the Ipswich-based board games company, has been bought out of administration by University Games of the US.
Fuzzy's Grub is planning to expand its London-based chain of five sandwich outlets to ten by the end of the year, having secured funding of £1m.
Halfords is planning to expand its Bike Hut chain of bicycle stores to up to 50 outlets following a successful trial, and is seeking sites of up to 4,000 sq ft in the South East.
Lancaster City Council is to consider plans from Centros Miller for the regeneration of the city centre, including 300,000 sq ft of new retail space.
Tesco is to acquire Dobbies, the Midlothian-based chain of 21 garden centres, for £228m.
Superdrug is to invest £46m in the reconfiguration of 440 health and beauty stores, in order to give greater prominence to cosmetics.
Asda has won permission to build a £20m superstore in Whitehaven, with the creation of 340 jobs.
MFI has confirmed plans to set up a 750,000 sq ft furniture distribution and call centre at the Nimbus Park development near Doncaster, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Morrisons is to recruit 150 staff for a new supermarket due to open in Erskine in September.
Terra Firma is to sell the Thresher chain of about 2,000 off-licence stores to a private equity consortium for undisclosed terms.
Aldi is planning to expand its chain of 29 discount stores in Scotland by opening ten new stores a year over the next decade.
Limeys, the Midlands-based chain of designer clothing stores, has been bought out of administration by KCAJ, the private equity owner of the Cruise chain of 11 stores.
House of Fraser is to relocate its London headquarters from Howick Place to a 50,000 sq ft office on Baker Street next March.
JoJo Maman Bebe, the maternity and nursery retailer, is planning to create 30 new jobs at its headquarters in Newport, South Wales, and is also looking to open franchised outlets in Italy and other European countries.
Strada, the chain of 54 pizza restaurants, has been acquired by US private equity firm Blackstone for £140m, and the business will be combined with Tragus.
Druckers, the chain of 42 patisserie outlets, is to be acquired by Risk Capital Partners for an estimated £20m.
John Peters, the Yorkshire-based chain of 12 furniture stores, has been bought out of administration by a consortium called Business Dream.
Arcadia is to invest £250m in the expansion of its retail stores over the next three years, and is particularly interested in the international development of the Topshop chain.
Newcastle Borough Council is considering plans for the £15m expansion of the Freeport Talke Outlet Shopping Centre in Staffordshire, with the creation of up to 100 jobs and 60 small units.
LittleMissMatched of the US is planning to open a number of childrenswear stores in the UK, with the first opening at Bluewater in Kent this month.
American Apparel is planning to expand its chain of three clothing stores to 20 by 2010.
Eat is planning to expand its chain of sandwich shops from 65 to 100 by June 2008, and is seeking sites of up to 2,500 sq ft.
Kroll is to sell former Owen Owen department stores in Liverpool, Sunderland and Hexham out of administration to a new company called Vergo Retail, securing the future of hundreds of jobs.
Marks & Spencer is planning to create 10,000 new jobs over the next three years, as part of an expansion programme that includes the opening of 100 Simply Food stores this year.
Debenhams is to open a 93,000 sq ft department store at the 394,000 sq ft Oval retail development in Darlington in 2010.
Nuts About Life is planning to expand its chain of two dried fruit and nut shops to about 20 by 2009, having already identified four new sites in London.
SumoSalad of Australia is planning to open six salad stores in the UK this year, including sites in Woking, Derby, Basildon, Southampton and Tunbridge Wells.
Thomas Sabo of Germany is planning to open jewellery stores in London and other major UK cities by the end of the year, with the first outlet opening in King's Road in July.
Poundland is planning to expand its chain of 150 discount stores with 45 new sites over the next two years.
Apple is planning to expand its chain of electronics stores to 16 by the end of the year, including new outlets in Glasgow, Brighton, Milton Keynes and Solihull.
Hotel Chocolat is planning to expand its chain of 22 chocolate stores to 30 by the end of the year, and is also looking to move into the US.
Netto is to close its discount stores in Barry and Caerphilly, having dropped plans for a £200m expansion programme that would have opened 70 stores in South Wales.
H&T Group is to raise £7m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its chain of 78 second-hand shops.
Fine Burger is planning to expand its chain of seven restaurants with three new outlets by the end of the year, including sites in Milton Keynes and Birmingham.
National Geographic is planning to launch a global chain of up to ten retail outlets, including a 20,000 sq ft store due to open on London's Regent Street in autumn.
Comet, the electricals retailer, is considering plans to set up a 385,000 sq ft distribution centre in Harlow.
Promotion Space has secured £4m of funding from private equity firm Octopus to expand its Wilmslow-based shopping mall promotions business.
Adnams is looking to expand its chain of Cellar & Kitchen specialist wine and kitchenware stores with several new sites in East Anglia.
Booker is to undergo a reverse takeover by Blueheath Holdings to create a combined food wholesaling group with annual turnover of £3bn.
Maplin, the electronics retailer, is to employ about 250 staff at its new head office and 176,000 sq ft distribution centre at Brookfields Park in Rotherham.
Tesco is considering plans to open three local sourcing offices at stores in Horsham, York and Stafford this summer, in order to increase its range of regional products.
Clas Ohlson of Sweden is moving into the UK with plans to open six 16,000 sq ft DIY stores in city centres in the South East by 2009.
New Look is to set up a new 300,000 sq ft fashion distribution centre next to its existing site on Lymedale Business Park in North Staffordshire by September, with the creation of 350 jobs.
The Original Factory Shop is creating up to 40 jobs at a new £2m headquarters and warehouse at the Orient Business Park in Burnley this month.
Home Retail Group is planning to expand its chain of 680 Argos stores with 30 new outlets a year, while its chain of 310 Homebase stores will grow by 15 a year.
Game Group is to acquire Gamestation, the chain of 217 video game stores with about 130 staff at its York head office, from Blockbuster for £74m.
Carpetright is to acquire Storey Carpets, the chain of 30 carpet stores based in the North East, for an initial £18m.
Capital Shopping Centres has submitted plans to invest £46m at the MetroCentre in Gateshead, including a new cinema, bowling alley and restaurants.
Welcome Break is planning to open WH Smith stores at all 33 of its motorway service station sites.
CSL Sofas has appointed Savills to help it expand its chain of ten North West furniture stores to 18 by 2008.
Feather & Black is planning to expand its chain of 31 furniture stores to 60 over the next three years.
The Original Factory Shop is planning to expand its chain of 73 general merchandise stores to 100 over the next three years, at a cost of £10m.
Mothercare is to acquire Chelsea Stores, the owner of the Early Learning Centre chain of 210 toy shops, for £85m, and plans to open ELC concessions in its large out-of-town sites.
The Pen Shop is planning to expand its chain of 26 luxury pen stores by opening concessions in House of Fraser stores this summer, and further store openings will follow in 2008.
Asda is to invest £6m in the expansion of its Runcorn store by the end of the year, with the creation of 80 new jobs.
Blu Shu, the Leicestershire-based shoe distributor with 17 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team operating under the name of Shuology.
Lloydspharmacy is to acquire Independent Pharmacy Care Centres, the operator of 34 pharmacies in the Midlands and North of England, for £43m.
Home Delivery Network is considering plans to relocate its distribution centre and up to 400 jobs from Droitwich to the former Peugeot site in Coventry.
Ma Cuisine is to expand its chain of four London-based Ma Cuisine and El Vino restaurants with two new sites in Barnes and Kew.
Pret a Manger is considering plans for a flotation over the next 18 months, in order to raise funds to expand its chain of 160 sandwich shops.
Alliance Boots has agreed to a £11bn takeover offer from private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, but there are not expected to be any job losses or store closures.
Primark is planning to expand its chain of 166 discount fashion stores with up to 50 new outlets over the next four years.
Berghaus is planning to double the turnover of its Sunderland-based outdoor clothing business to £100m over the next five years, and its first UK store will open at the MetroCentre in September.
Wilkinson is to create about 80 jobs at a new household goods store due to open in Morriston near Swansea in August.
Tesco is to submit plans for the development of a new store at Wicker Arches in Sheffield, which would create 395 jobs.
Sainsbury is said to be planning to invest up to £750m in the expansion and refurbishment of its supermarkets, including 4m sq ft of new selling space and 15,000 new jobs.
Beringea is to provide private equity backing to the Coal chain of high-street restaurants to invest £6m opening up to 14 new sites over the next three years.
Radley is planning to open a number of handbag shops and concessions in the UK, and this will be followed by an international expansion programme.
Coventry City Council is talking to developers about proposals to transform the city centre shopping precinct and Smithford Way into a modern retail complex.
Pets at Home is planning to expand its chain of 193 pet superstores with up to 25 new sites this year, with the creation of more than 400 jobs.
JJB Sports is planning to open ten sports superstores and nine health clubs this year, and a further 17 sites have been found for 2008.
TK Maxx is looking to increase the average size of its 200 fashion stores to 40,000 sq ft, by relocating to larger sites and expanding existing sites.
Oakley is planning to introduce its Oliver Peoples luxury optician format to central London, and also plans to open two Oakley stores a year for the next four years.
Montezuma is planning to expand its chain of seven luxury chocolate shops to 12 by the end of the year.
Marks & Spencer is to create more than 100 jobs at a new store due to open in Hayle, Cornwall, during the summer.
Moss Bros is planning to open a further 80 menswear stores across the country, and is seeking sites of between 2,000 and 4,000 sq ft.
Kesa Electricals is planning to expand the workforce at its Comet on Call computer support service from 100 to 500 over the next three years.
Debenhams is to invest up to £60m revamping its department stores, introducing design elements from its Desire small-store format to between ten and 20 stores a year.
Homeform Group, the retailer of fully-fitted home improvement products with 160 showrooms under the Moben, Kitchens Direct, Sharps and Dolphin brands, is to be acquired by Sun Capital of the US.
Arcadia is to open a 60,000 sq ft Topshop fashion store in Liverpool city centre in 2008, as part of the Liverpool One retail development.
Kiddicare is planning to relocate its nursery products business and up to 120 staff from Werrington to a new £12m warehouse and retail outlet in Peterborough later this year.
Dobbies Garden Centres has submitted plans to build a £8m garden centre in Fulford, York, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Alexon is planning to expand its chain of Bay Trading fashion stores from 158 to 250 over the next five years.
Expansys is planning to raise £10m in a flotation on Aim this month, in order to fund the expansion of its online mobile phone retailing business.
Jane Norman is planning to expand its chain of 140 fashion stores with 16 new outlets and 15 concessions over the next year.
MFI is considering plans to set up a 750,000 sq ft furniture distribution centre at Nimbus Park in Doncaster.
Amazon, the online retailer, is to build an 800,000 sq ft distribution centre at Jersey Marine in Swansea, with the creation of up to 1,200 new jobs over the next five years.
Say Pasta is planning to open 50 new restaurants nationwide over the next five years, and has just announced plans for new sites in Bristol, Bath and London.
Alliance Boots is to invest £65m rebranding its 900 community pharmacies as "your local Boots pharmacy" over the next two years, and up to 100 stores will be closed or moved.
Papa John's of the US is planning to double its UK chain of pizza outlets to at least 170 over the next three years.
Individual Restaurant Company is planning to expand its chain of 24 Piccolino and Restaurant Bar & Grill restaurants to more than 100 sites in city centre and suburban locations nationwide.
Yorkshire Linen Co has acquired seven Linen Warehouse stores in the North West from Morris Textiles for about £1m.
KFC is planning to open 50 fast food restaurants in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North East over the next ten years, and the Leeds office of King Sturge is helping the brand's owner Yum Restaurants find suitable sites.
Asda is seeking planning permission for a £25m 52,000 sq ft store at Langley Park in North Wiltshire, which would create up to 500 jobs.
Fat Face, the chain of 130 fashion stores, is to be sold by Advent International to private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital for £360m.
Next is to refurbish a further 20% of its 480 fashion stores by January 2008, including a new logo, stone flooring and chrome fittings.
Au Naturale and Internacionale are to invest £5m revamping their 150 stores over the next three years, and up to 50 new sites will open over the next 18 months.
Netto is planning to open a further 20 discount stores this year and 20 next year.
Brantano is to expand its chain of 146 footwear stores with 20 new sites over the next three years.
Hastens of Sweden is planning to open up to ten upmarket bed stores in the UK by the end of 2008.
Kesa Electricals is to install mezzanine floors into 40 of its 250 Comet electrical stores, with the first ten opening this year.
Penny Plain, the chain of ten clothing stores with 130 staff, has been bought out of administration by a group of Tyneside-based businessmen.
Coffee Republic has raised £0.9m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its chain of coffee bars through franchising.
Wincanton is to create 200 new jobs at its 500,000 sq ft Argos distribution centre in Corby by the end of summer, due to the relocation of the Wolverhampton operation.
Morrisons is to invest £450m in a modernisation programme over the next three years, in order to improve its stores, distribution and IT infrastructure.
British Land is to invest £13m in the refurbishment of the Eastgate shopping centre in Basildon by the end of the year.
Crawley Borough Council is to consider plans from Centros Miller and Development Securities for a 200,000 sq ft retail and residential scheme at the Southern Gateway site.
Co-operative Pharmacy has acquired 12 Matthew Price pharmacies in Wales from RLJ Consultancy for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 80 staff.
Hamleys is planning to open toy shops within House of Fraser department stores in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Belfast by April 2008.
Dover District Council has approved plans for the £15m redevelopment of the St James area, including an Asda supermarket, 53 homes and a 100-bedroom Travelodge hotel.
Cherwell District Council is to consider plans from Stockdale Land for the £70m redevelopment of Bicester town centre, including a six-screen cinema, a 40,000 sq ft Sainsbury's store and up to 25 new shops.
Neath Port Talbot Council is to consider plans from Arlington Development Management to build a distribution centre for an unnamed retailer at the former Delta Compton site at Jersey Marine, which could create up to 1,000 jobs.
Frozen Value is planning to expand its chain of 72 discount frozen food stores in northern England with ten new sites this year.
The Works has been selected as preferred bidder to acquire Edinburgh-based David Flatman out of administration, securing 200 jobs at the Bargain Books, Bookworld and BW chains of discount book shops.
Primark is starting to recruit 247 staff for a new discount clothing store due to open at the Merry Hill Centre in Brierley Hill by summer.
RoadChef, the motorway services operator, is to be acquired by Delek Real Estate of Israel for about £425m.
River Island is looking to expand its chain of fashion stores by seeking larger sites of up to 15,000 sq ft in shopping centres and high streets.
Smallbone is planning to expand its chain of 23 kitchen, bathroom and bedroom showrooms by adding a further nine sites by 2009.
Peacocks is planning to expand its chain of 430 discount fashion stores with 30 new outlets, as part of a £21m investment that will create more than 500 jobs.
Wimpy, the chain of 194 burger outlets, is to be acquired by Famous Brands of South Africa in a deal that values the business at £13m.
Findel has acquired The Cotswold Company, the home furnishings and accessories supplier, for £0.1m.
Worcester City Council has approved plans from Asda for a new £75m shopping centre development at Lowesmoor, including 13 new shops, apartments and offices.
Primark is planning to expand its chain of 161 discount clothing stores with eight new sites by the end of the financial year.
Country Valley has acquired the Newboulds chain of 14 butcher shops on Teesside for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 105 staff.
Debenhams is to set up a 110,000 sq ft anchor store at the extended Wood Green shopping mall in London.
Body Shop is planning to expand its chain of 312 stores with up to 15 new outlets this year and 50 over the next three to five years.
Smyths Toys of Ireland is looking to open six stores of up to 25,000 sq ft in the UK, and is particularly interested in the South East.
Domino's Pizza is planning to expand its chain of 451 pizza outlets with 50 new sites this year.
Salon Services, the Glasgow-based beauty products wholesaler with 600 staff, has been acquired by Sally Beauty of the US for £30m.
Asda is planning to open 18 new stores and revamp 15 existing stores over the next 12 months, with the creation of 8,000 jobs.
Tragus has acquired the Ma Potter's chain of 16 restaurants for £14m, in order to expand its existing Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia operations.
Supermac's of Ireland is planning to open fast food restaurants in Northern Ireland, in a £10m investment that will create 200 jobs.
Au Naturale, the chain of 82 homeware stores, is to set up a new headquarters and 160,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Eurocentral site in Lanarkshire in September 2007.
Trade Appliances, the Nottinghamshire-based online household goods retailer with 70 staff, has been acquired by Pristine Consulting for an estimated £6m.
John Lewis, the chain of 26 department stores and 184 Waitrose stores, is looking to double its turnover over the next ten years, with the creation of 35,000 jobs.
Co-operative Group of Manchester and United Co-operatives of Rochdale have agreed terms for a merger to create the world's largest consumer co-operative with annual sales of more than £9bn.
Bank Fashion is planning to open two out-of-town clothing stores over the next few months, as part of a 50-store expansion programme.
Auctioning4u is planning to expand its chain of ten online auction stores across the country, opening an outlet in a new region every month.
La Senza is planning to open 12 more lingerie stores in the UK this year.
Maplin is planning to expand its chain of 117 electronics stores with 20 new sites this year.
Marchpole Holdings is to acquire Greenmark, the footwear importer and wholesaler, for £3m.
Blooms of Bressingham, the chain of ten garden centres, is to be acquired by a consortium led by West Coast Capital for £30m.
Ultimate Products has acquired Just Everything, the Northwich-based wholesaler with 15 staff, for about £1.5m.
Now Group has sold five kitchen showrooms out of administration to Betta Living of Oldham for undisclosed terms.
Carpisa of Italy is to open its first UK fashion accessories store on London's Oxford Street this spring.
National Schoolwear Centres is planning to expand its chain of 59 stores by opening up to 160 new sites over the next five years.
DSG International is planning to expand its chain of five Tech Guys technical support outlets to 13 by the end of April.
Jessops is considering plans to open up to 25 larger-format World Camera Centres, depending on the success of trials in Cardiff and Edinburgh.
ProLogis has confirmed plans to set up a 530,000 sq ft distribution centre for Sainsbury's at Pineham in Northamptonshire, claiming it will be the world's "greenest warehouse".
Modus has unveiled plans for the £20m redevelopment of the Crown shopping centre in Stourbridge, including a new anchor food store, eight shop units and a car park.
Regatta, the supplier of outdoor clothing, is seeking a suitable site in Greater Manchester for a new warehouse, which will create 100 jobs.
Kleeneze, the direct sales company, is planning to close its Warmley headquarters in Bristol and relocate 200 of the 300 jobs to Accrington this summer.
Milligans is to sell 15 bakery outlets and its Newcastle factory to North-East Bakeries, creating a combined group with 21 shops and 130 staff.
Fopp has bought 67 former Music Zone stores out of administration, including an office in Stockport and a warehouse in Norfolk, securing the future of 775 jobs.
Adams Childrenswear has been bought out of administration by a former chairman of Stead & Simpson, securing the future of 3,000 jobs at 273 stores, but a further 400 jobs at 42 branches will be lost.
Jimmy Choo, the luxury shoes company with more than 60 outlets, has been acquired by US private equity firm TowerBrook Capital Partners for about £185m.
Debenhams is to open stores in Wigan, Warrington, Glasgow, Derby, Exeter, Walton-on-Thames and Altrincham this year, and has also announced plans for a new 30,000 sq ft fashion format.
Lombok is planning to open six new furniture stores a year for the next three years, and is currently considering sites in Tunbridge Wells, Bristol and Manchester.
East of England Co-operative Society has acquired 20 Anglian Convenience Stores in Norfolk, taking its total regional network to 137 outlets.
Chelmsford Borough Council has unveiled proposals for the £1.5bn redevelopment of the town centre by 2015, including a new £400m shopping mall, station, arts complex and leisure centre.
Carpetright is planning to expand its chain of 600 carpet stores with a further 20 sites by the end of 2007.
Rippleglen is looking to expand its chain of 165 convenience stores by opening about three new outlets a year in bus and train stations.
Sports World is considering plans for a £2bn flotation to fund the expansion of its chain of 370 sports stores.
Wynnstay Group is planning to open Just for Pets pet supplies stores at major sites across the country, with the first opening in Telford in March.
Marks & Spencer is to create more than 100 new jobs at a store due to open at the Westfield shopping centre in Derby in the autumn.
Strada Restaurants is planning to open up to 30 new restaurants across England in 2007, with the creation of 900 jobs.
Bhs is looking to double the size of its chain of 15 homewares-only stores, having appointed Harvey Spack Field to search for sites of about 30,000 sq ft.
John Lewis has agreed to set up a 230,000 sq ft department store at the £500m Tithebarn scheme in Preston city centre.
White Company is planning to expand its chain of 14 home accessories and clothing stores with three new sites this year.
Hoss Intropia of Spain is planning to open up to six fashion stores in the UK, with the first opening on London's Regent Street in February.
Barefruit Juice is planning to expand its chain of six juice bars to 60 over the next three years, having secured £1m in funding.
Advantage West Midlands is to provide £9m of funding for the £60m redevelopment of Chelmsley Wood town centre near Solihull, including the refurbishment of the existing shopping centre.
United Co-operatives is planning to expand its chain of 529 stores with 150 new outlets over the next three years, with £60m being spent on acquisitions and new stores and £80m on the refurbishment of existing sites.
Debenhams is considering plans to open a department store in Harlow, as part of a 500,000 sq ft retail and leisure development being proposed by Harlow Council and English Partnerships.
Specsavers is planning to open 30 new optical stores and 100 hearing centres across the country this year, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Jane Norman is looking to expand its chain of 130 fashion stores with up to 100 new sites.
Woolworths is to acquire Bertram, the Norwich-based book distributor, for about £29m, in order to expand its Entertainment UK wholesaling subsidiary.
Greeting Card Group has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 1,500 of the 2,500 jobs and 300 of the 470 card shops.
Burberry, the fashion company, is planning to relocate its London headquarters from Haymarket to Horseferry Road next year.
Starbucks is planning to expand its chain of 530 coffee shops by opening 50 new branches a year, including at least 20 in the South East.
Blackburn with Darwen Council has approved plans for the development of a new £5m market hall in Blackburn town centre by 2009.
Co-operative Group is to acquire 21 pharmacies from Alliance Boots, including branches in County Durham, Northumberland, Devon, Somerset and East Anglia, taking its total chain to 454.
Racoon International, the hair extensions company, has undergone an estimated £15m management buy-out backed by private equity firm Matrix.
Christy Group, the costume designer and distributor, has undergone a £21m management buy-out backed by Barclays Ventures.
T-Mobile is planning to expand its chain of 250 mobile phone stores with up to 50 new sites this year.
Mountain Warehouse is planning to expand its chain of 33 outdoor equipment stores to 80 by 2010.
Krispy Kreme UK is expected to be acquired Manchester-based private equity firm LDC, and the chain of 28 doughnut outlets will undergo a £5m nationwide expansion programme.
Kirklees Council is to consider plans from National Grid Property to build a retail park at the 3.2-hectare former gasworks site on St Andrew's Road in Huddersfield.
Topps Tiles is planning to expand its chain of 278 tile stores with 23 new outlets by September, and hopes to reach 400 in the long-term.
Strides and Van Mildert, the operators of fashion stores in Durham, Yarm and York, have been acquired by the Stockton-based owners of the Box Clothing Company for undisclosed terms.
Dunelm is planning to expand its chain of 83 home furnishings stores with six new outlets this year.
Majestic Wine is planning to expand its chain of 133 stores with ten new sites in 2007.
Restaurant Group is planning to expand its chain of 270 restaurants with 35 new outlets in 2007, and has won a contract to operate four restaurants at Heathrow's new Terminal 5.
Neath Port Talbot Council is inviting developers to submit proposals for the £40m transformation of a former civic centre in Neath into a 40m retail and leisure centre.
Ikea is said to planning to set up a furniture superstore at the former Pirelli cable site in Southampton.
Firkin Bakeries is to invest £2.5m in the refurbishment of its 53 bakery stores in the West Midlands.
Cash Converters is planning to open a further 45 company-owned second-hand stores over the next five years.
QS, the discount clothing retailer, has been acquired by Alok Group of India for undisclosed terms, and is now planning a multi-million refurbishment programme for its 207 stores.
Hull City Council has awarded outline planning permission to Henderson Global Investors for the £300m Quay West retail development, including 60 shops, two department stores and a hotel, and construction is due to start in 2008.
MediCare Pharmacy Group is to invest up to £20m in the expansion of its chain of 31 pharmacies in Northern Ireland by 2008, and has just acquired three Campbells Chemists outlets.
Midcounties Co-operative has acquired Stars News Shops, the Wolverhampton-based chain of 150 convenience stores and newsagents, from Claverley.
B&Q is to create 75 new jobs at its DIY store in North Tyneside in February, following a £3m extension project.
Little Chef has sold 196 of its 235 roadside restaurants out of administration to RCapital, and the remaining sites will be closed.
Artigiano, the Isle of Wight-based clothes retailer with 120 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Barclays Private Equity.
SJ Dixon & Son, the Wolverhampton-based distributor of wall coverings and paints with 22 stores, has been acquired by the JP McDougall subsidiary of ICI Paints.
Rodenstock, the German ophthalmic lens supplier with 4,300 staff and a small chain of retail outlets in the UK, is to be acquired by Bridgepoint for £402m.
Murphy & Nye is seeking suitable UK sites to open casual clothing stores, as part of an 80-store global expansion programme.
She Runs He Runs is looking to open sports clothing stores in ten shopping centres, having just opened its first in Bluewater.
Subway is planning to expand its chain of 837 sandwich outlets to more than 2,000 in the UK and Ireland by 2010, and Colliers CRE is seeking suitable sites.
American Apparel is planning to open at least three more clothing stores in the UK in 2007, and is particularly interested in Liverpool, Brighton and Glasgow.
Streetwise Sports, the Warrington-based chain of 32 sports shops, has been acquired by Sports World for undisclosed terms.
Aldi is planning to open 40 discount stores in 2007, to add to the existing 358 in the UK and Ireland.