When your morning newspaper hits the doormat, profits from its sale are likely to flow back to this Essex company. Thistledove operates the Forbuoys, Martins and McColl newsagents, and through its subsidiary TM Retail, is snapping at the heels of the WH Smith chain. The distribution firm, which recently entered a joint venture with the Somerfield supermarket group, reported that sales had fallen by £14m to £692m in 2002, when Thistledove had 10,536 employees.
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