Aided by a £850m cheque, the biggest in Bank of Scotland’s history, the retail entrepreneur Philip Green took Arcadia private last October. With more than 2,000 stores and 22,826 staff, the company is Britain’s largest clothes retailer, owning high-street chains such as Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Burton, Miss Selfridge and Wallis. In 2002 Arcadia had annualised sales of £1,981m and an operating profit of £122m, more than double the amount in the previous year. This new entrant to the Top Track 100 league table is in experienced hands – Green’s turnround of the retail chain Bhs, which he bought in 2000, made him a billionaire.
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