Harrods’ iconic Knightsbridge site is billed as Britain’s largest shop, selling everything from teddy bears to truffles. It attracts 15m shoppers a year and delivers goods to 40 countries, employing 4,000 staff. Harrods’ other services include personal banking, property management and chartering helicopters. In 2010, Qatar Holding, an investment arm of the Qatari government, bought Harrods from Mohamed al-Fayed for a reported £1.5bn. Chief executive Michael Ward, 56, boosted sales to £696m in the year to January 2012.
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