Since B&M Retail was bought by brothers Simon and Bobby Arora in 2005, it has grown from a 21-store Lancashire value chain into a variety retailer with 205 stores from Edinburgh to Hemel Hempstead. The 1.5m weekly visitors to its stores can find bargains on essential items such as toothpaste as well as impulse buys, such as beauty products. A glut of empty high-street retail units has helped the firm grow through new store openings, increasing sales 76% a year, from £78m in 2006 to £426.7m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank45
CompanyB&M Retail
ActivityDiscount retailer
LocationLiverpool
Annual sales rise over 3 years76.20%
Latest sales £000s426,657
Staff4,831
Founded1976
Websitewww.bmstores.co.uk

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