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The sale of Littlewoods for £750m in October 2002 made the Moores family the 26th richest in Britain, worth £1,160m, according to the latest Sunday Times Rich List. The 40-strong family sold out to Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, who also own the Ritz hotel, The Scotsman newspaper and are bidding to buy the Telegraph Group. Sir Peter Moores has spent £64m of his gains on refurbishing Compton Verney, a Grade I listed mansion in Warwickshire, turning it into a public gallery for displaying his extensive art collection. The Barclays, meanwhile, have been focusing on building profits at the retailing and mail-order chain, which was founded as a football-pools business in 1923. Sales at the group slipped 3% to £1,845m in 2003, but profits rose £17m to £60m.

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Company details
Year2004
Rank7
CompanyShop Direct
ActivityInternet and catalogue retailer
LocationLiverpool
Sales £m1,845
Profit £m60
Year endApr 03
Principal shareholdersSir David and Sir Frederick Barclay (95%), Bank of Scotland (5%)
Staff15,055
Founded1923
Websitewww.shopdirect.com

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