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1960 Floated preferences shares in the main parts of the Sears group as British Shoe Corporation Ltd and Sears Engineering Ltd, both of which were subsidiaries of Sears Holdings . Subsidiaries were:
plus 19 insignificant subsidiaries
1962 Acquired Saxone, Lilley and Skinner, another shoe shop chain.
1996 Sears sold FHM, Manfield, True Form, Saxone and Curtess to entrepreneur Stephen Hinchliffe and his business Facia. The remaining parts of British Shoe Corporation were sold by 1998, at an accounting loss of £150 million.