This discount retail chain thrived in the downturn, by snapping up former Kwik Save and Woolworths premises to cater for price-conscious shoppers. Brothers Simon and Bobby Arora bought the business for an undisclosed sum in 2004, when it was a chain of 21 stores in northwest England. Today it has expanded to 187 high-street and retail-park stores across Britain, selling everything from groceries and beauty products to clothing and electrical goods. Profits at B&M Retail have grown quickly too, increasing 120% a year from an annualised £1.2m in 2005 to £13m in 2008. The company has 3,119 employees.
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