Grand Theft Auto and Wii Fit have helped it to a 26-fold jump in pre-tax profits - from £1.3m to £33.4m for the first half. Mothercare is expanding online and overseas, opening 78 stores across the globe, including two in China. Boom or bust, people always need baby gear. Premium car dealership group Inchcape will be hoping its Asian business protects it from the dismal UK market - 80% of revenues come from overseas. Bikes and car maintenance supplies make Halfords a hot tip as a recession-beater, while tabloid favourite Mike Ashley has boosted JJB: his Sports Direct owns 21% of the firm.
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