Britain's Most Admired by sector: Retailers - Specialist


1 Majestic Wine 59.2
2 Mothercare 57.5
3 WH Smith 57.3
4 Carphone Warehouse 56.5
5 Halfords 54.7

Plenty of movement in this sector, with Majestic Wine the clear winner. Despite a slump in corporate sales, it has a lot to be cheerful about, with profits rising 9% to £6m. Taking baby steps has paid off for Mothercare, as it pushes into emerging markets, with 200 stores planned in India. Cost-cutting is bearing fruit at WH Smith as pre-tax profit soars by 8% to £81m, earning the stationer 65th place overall. Carphone Warehouse is in at fourth, down from 42nd to 75th overall. Its recent hook-up with Tiscali UK for £236m, which has failed to boost residential broadband customers, may be to blame. The boom in cycling helped boost sales at fifth-placed Halfords.

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