The name behind the high-street electronics chains Radio Rentals and Brighthouse, Carmelite Capital was formed in 1998 when the Japanese investment bank Nomura paid a reported £980m for Thorn EMI’s British businesses – some of which it has since sold on to Granada for £380m. Now owned by Terra Firma, Carmelite reported sales of £335.5m in 2004, and cut its operating losses from £63m to £17m. Employing 2,788 people, it has 103 stores and also offers credit services.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank2
CompanyBrightHouse
ActivityHousehold goods retailer
LocationWatford
Sales £m335.5
Operating profit £m-16.6
Main shareholdersTerra Firma
Staff2,788
Founded1994
Websitewww.brighthousegroup.co.uk

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