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British Shoe Corporation

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1956 Charles Clore consolidated all of the shoe brands that his Sears group had acquired in the British Shoe Corporation.[1]

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 [2]. Subsidiaries were[3]:

plus 19 insignificant subsidiaries

1962 Acquired Saxone, Lilley and Skinner, another shoe shop chain.

The Corporation comprised Trueform, Olympus Sport, Curtess, Dolcis, Manfield, Saxone, Lilley and Skinner, and Freeman, Hardy and Willis

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.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 03, 1956
  2. The Times, Sep 09, 1960
  3. The Times, Sep 12, 1960