This 192-year-old Somerset firm has had a tough time in Britain and America over the past two years — a period in which other UK shoe retailers including Brantano have gone into administration. Clarks kept turnover steady last year; the 8% growth to £1.7bn shown in its accounts is mainly due to currency fluctuations. A new group chief executive arrived in September: Mike Shearwood, 54, who joined from Karen Millen.

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Company details
ActivityShoe retailer and wholesaler
Sales £m1,655
Profit £m112
Year endJan 17
Principal shareholdersClark family (84%), employees and institutions (16%)

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