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LVMH scores highly in luxury green survey

Published:  23 July, 2008

French premium goods firm LVMH, owner of Mot Hennessy, has come third in a scoring of the world's luxury companies, based on green credentials.

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Subdued liquor spending hits Regent Inns' profits

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Regents Inns has spoken of "disappointing" trading results with end-of-year profit forecasts now unlikely.

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Tesco moves on new US depot

Published:  23 July, 2008

US: Tesco is close to finalising the acquisition of a second US depot, which would facilitate the opening of a further 1,000 Fresh & Easy convenience stores.

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Spirits auctions return to New York

Published:  23 July, 2008

US: Auction house Christie's will hold its first spirits auction in New York this week since Prohibition began in 1920.

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Home Office launches Christmas alcohol campaign

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The Home Office has launched a month-long campaign today (November 30) targeting retailers that sell alcohol to underage drinkers and routinely breach licensing laws.

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Food fuels Marston's sales growth

Published:  23 July, 2008

Marton's has reported strong sales growth in both its managed and tenanted estates, but warned that it remained cautious over consumer confidence.

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Provence aims to go green

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Provence-Alpes-Ctes d'Azur region (PACA) is offering monetary incentives to producers to help hit its targets for organic production.

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25% of licensed outlets sell alcohol to children

Published:  23 July, 2008

More than one-quarter of licensed premises in London were found to have sold alcohol to children.

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Government launches licence consultation

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The consulation seeks views on a proposal to simplify the way in which licence holders can make small changes to their licence, such as changing a shop lay-out.

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Lindemans heads to South Africa

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine brand Lindemans will include a South African range in spring 2008 having launched Lindemans Chile in May.

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MPs fight to freeze Scotch whisky duty

Published:  23 July, 2008

The secretary of state for Scotland Des Browne is to continue fighting for Scotch whisky duty to remain frozen in the next Budget.

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Chief police criticise 24-hour drinking laws

Published:  23 July, 2008

A chief constable has claimed the changes to the Licensing Act have made Britain's binge drinking problem worse.

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Ministers set out national positions on EU wine reform

Published:  23 July, 2008

Europe's agriculture ministers have laid down national interest red lines' on EU wine industry reform in a meeting held yesterday.

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Diageo looks for wine acquisitions

Published:  23 July, 2008

Drinks multinational Diageo is eyeing up potential acquisitions in thein the beer, wine and spirits market, and is even considering relatively low-production wineries.

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Poll backing for licence law changes

Published:  23 July, 2008

British drinkers don't want to return to fixed closing times, according to a YouGov poll for the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

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Online shopping to reach 15bn record

Published:  23 July, 2008

Online shopping is set to hit a record 15billion in the last quarter of the year.


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Punch denies 5 billion Mitchells & Butlers bid

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Punch group has insisted that it is about to take over Mitchells & Butlers, the owner of pub chains All Bar One and Harvester, in a 5 billion deal.

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Enterprise says smoking ban will lead to pub closures

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pub group Enterprise Inns has released its first drop in profits for five years, and said that worse could be to come following the smoking ban.

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Tesco boss calls for unified drinking age

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy called for a unified drinking age during a meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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Cognac sales at all-time high

Published:  23 July, 2008

A total of 180 million bottles of Cognac were sold in the 12-month period from October 2006-7.

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