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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