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Mohamed Al-Fayed may have been awarded the freedom of the Scottish Highlands, but his battles with the British establishment have led him to decamp to Switzerland. Meanwhile, he remains the sole owner of Harrods, and sales at the Knightsbridge store held steady at £541m in 2003. Al-Fayed bought Harrods in 1985 for £615m after a takeover battle with Lonrho, but in recent years the company has been shaken by the resignation of several directors.

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Company details
CompanyHarrods Group
ActivityDepartment store operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m541
Profit £m14
Year endFeb 03
Principal shareholdersMohamed al-Fayed (100%)

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