Britain's Most Admired By Sector: Retail (general)

Hard times require bold moves, and Carphone Warehouse will be hoping its £1.1bn tie-up with American electronics giant Best Buy pays off.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

1 Carphone Warehouse 61.0
2 Dunelm 59.0
3 Home Retail Group 56.3
4 Kingfisher 53.5
5 Kesa Electricals 51.8

Carphone founder Charles Dunstone is optimistic that he'll sell enough TVs and laptops to survive the downturn, but says it may be time to demerge its retail and telecoms wings. Budget home furnisher Dunelm Mill outperforms its rivals in financial services, quality of management and value as a long-term investment. Home Retail Group, which owns Argos and Homebase, and B&Q owner Kingfisher have both slipped. But the latter has managed to deliver better-than-expected profits - £214m for the first half, up from £174m last year.

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

Books for the weekend: Daniel Goleman, Jack Welch, Nelson Mandela

Beaverbrooks CEO Anna Blackburn shares her reading list.

What happens next: COVID-19 lessons from Italian CEOs

Part I: Marco Alvera, chief executive of €15bn Lombardy-based energy firm Snam, on living with...

Coronavirus communications: Dos and don'ts

Uncertainty and isolation make it more important than ever to be seen, to be heard...

Leadership lessons: Mervyn Davies, former CEO of Standard Chartered and trade minister

"People talk about pressure – I worked 24 hours a day. There is more pressure...

How to reinvent your career through motherhood and midlife

Pay it Forward podcast: Former Marie Claire editor-in-chief Trish Halpin and BITE managing editor Nicky...