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When Gordon Selfridge opened Selfridges in 1909, he put London’s Oxford Street on the world’s retail map. Today more than 15m people pass through the store’s doors each year, and the chain includes two shops in Manchester and one at the new Bullring Centre in Birmingham. Together they had sales of £445m in 2003. Canadian Galen Weston’s Wittington Investments took Selfridges off the stock exchange in July 2003 in a £628m deal. The company has abandoned plans to build a five-star hotel in London in favour of updating the Oxford Street shop’s food hall and investing in its three other stores.

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Company details
ActivityDepartment store operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m445
Profit £m41
Year endDec 03
Principal shareholdersWittington Investments (100%)

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