While sales grew 2% to £1.1bn in 2018 at this fashion and homeware retailer, profits increased 36% to £105m as it continued to focus on increasing its range of full-price products. Founded in Liverpool more than 30 years ago by John Hargreaves, 74, the retailer’s 227 UK stores are now overseen by his son, chief executive Jason Hargreaves, 49. It opened two shops in Malta in March, making a total of 29 franchised stores.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank53
CompanyMatalan
ActivityValue retailer
LocationLiverpool
Sales £m*1,063
Profit £m*105
Year endFeb 18
Principal shareholdersHargreaves family (100%)
Staff13,579
Founded1985
Websitewww.matalan.co.uk

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