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Courtaulds Textiles

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1951. Courtaulds Fabrics.

1990 Demerged from the Courtaulds group. The company was Marks and Spencer's largest supplier of garments, largely lingerie and intimate apparel[1]

1998 After Akzo-Nobel changed the name of Courtaulds to Akzo-Nobel, Courtaulds Textiles had exclusive rights to the Courtaulds brand name [2]

1998 Acquired its competitor Claremont Garments; 40 percent of its trade would be with Marks and Spencer[3]; expected to move much of its production overseas to cut costs.

2000 Acquired by Sara Lee Corporation of USA; some disposal of hosiery interests in France were required by the European Commission[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, October 31, 1989
  2. The Times September 11, 1998
  3. The Times, September 17, 1998
  4. The Times, May 9, 2000