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Co-founder Hussein Lalani appeared on the BBC’s Watchdog programme earlier this year to defend the discount retailer’s prices and, in the three days that followed, reported a 22% sales increase. Founded in 2001, the firm now has more than 200 stores across Britain. Barclays Ventures invested a total of £3.7m and owns 25%. Nadir Lalani is chief executive.

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Company details
Company99p Stores
ActivityDiscount retailer
Sales £m270.2
Operating profit £m7.3
Main shareholdersBarclays Ventures (25%), Lalani family (51%), others (24%)

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