Sir Philip Green created one of Britain’s biggest women’s clothing retailers when he folded his BHS operations into the Arcadia business in 2009. The company, which employs more than 43,000 staff, operates from 2,500 of its own stores and 579 franchised outlets in 37 countries. It also owns Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge and Wallis. Arcadia’s most successful brands are Topshop and Topman. Aiming to close smaller shops and house more brands under one roof, the company has created 215 concessions within BHS. The group opened a Topshop outlet in New York recently and plans to do the same in Asia, Australia and South Africa. Chief executive Ian Grabiner heads the enlarged business, which reported sales of £2,777m in 2010.
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