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Hamleys LSE:HYL London Ordinary Share GB0002626405 ORD 5 5/9P
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03/7/200323:42Hamleys - Mar'03 - Looks like Reached Bottom7.00
14/2/200317:07HAMLEYS SHARES SINKS ON WORRIES ABOUT JANUARY AND FEBURARY TRADING7.00
09/1/200300:10Mystery Trader27.00
01/7/200215:23Hamleys in takeover talks?2.00
25/6/200212:13HAMLEYS.....Recovery on its way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!132.00

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12/11/2002
13:00
noonoo: Yes I am pleased though not dazzled by the results. Don't think there will be a christmas surge just a steady but healthy increase in revenue to feed the share price. We need to get through the 175 barrier which may not happen overnight. I'm still looking for a price of around 200 when full year results are announced sometime in March (I think).
11/11/2002
18:47
oaklandsway: BBC reported an increase christmas spending for children, which surely will benefit toys shops. No wonder if Hamleys reported a growth of 23% in its biggest shop since end of September. The target is pre tax profit of £5.7M with a revenue of over £50M for current fiscal year. I believe the share price will increase significantly soon. Below is the part of the news from BBC: Christmas spending looks set to increase in the UK despite talk of a recession and fears of war with Iraq. According to the debit card Switch, people expect to spend an average of £862 ($1,373) each on presents, cards and Christmas food - £36 more than last year. A survey of 1,001 adults found that 34% were planning to spend £500 or more just on gifts, buying for between eight and 20 relatives and friends. Children, of course, will benefit most with more than a third saying their most expensive purchase will be for their children.
06/6/2001
10:12
gerard j: Interview just released: LONDON (AFX) - Simon Burke, executive chairman of Hamleys PLC, the world famous toy store that ended a three month search to find a buyer in February, said he is now content for the retailer to remain a publicly quoted company. Speaking in an interview with AFX News after Hamleys reported a sharp rise in year to March 2001 profits, Burke said: "We're very happy carrying on as we are. We're producing good figures now. There's every reason why the shares should increase in value and that's not a bad place to be." He said being a PLC is "not a problem" for Hamleys, despite its small size. "It's where I think we can deliver best value to shareholders by getting more results like this in and getting the share price up. That's my job and I'm very happy to go on doing it in that way." Last November Hamleys retained Close Brothers to assist it in exploring a sale of the business after talks earlier in the year with Charterhouse Development Capital came to nought. In February Hamleys said although it had received interest from several parties no worthwhile offers were made. "I felt it was important to explore those options in terms of shareholder value. If there was someone out there who was going to pay a significant premium to the current share price for the business it was important for us to flush that out," said Burke. "We've been through that exercise, there isn't anyone of that kind." For the year to March 31 2001 Hamleys reported a pretax profit of 3.9 mln stg, up from just 27,000 stg last time, on turnover of 45.7 mln stg, compared to 51.8 mln in the 14 months to March 25 2000. Like-for-like sales were up 4.2 pct at the flagship Regent Street store and 0.4 pct at Toystack. Second half like-for-like sales at Regent Street were up 7.7 pct. Regent Street margins increased 1.6 pct due to better product mix and lower shrinkage. The dividend was maintained at 7.3 pence. Hamleys said it has made an "encouraging" start to the new year. Burke declined to give a sales figure as one will be given at the July AGM. He conceded that lower tourist numbers in London due to foot and mouth had impacted tourist footfall, but said the effect was more than compensated for by "very strong" domestic growth. Hamleys said in February it would convert 12 of its 16 Toystack stores to the retailer's bespoke soft toy concept Bear Factory. Four Bear Factories opened during the year and have met expectations, generating a contribution of 0.2 mln stg. Burke anticipates a further 10 pct cut in overhead costs in the current year through cheaper warehouse servicing of Bear Factory compared to Toystack and improved systems. The chairman's strategy is to make Hamleys a multi-channel business. Last year a Hamleys catalogue was launched and its website was re-launched. The two businesses form Hamleys Direct, with sales forecast to exceed 1 mln stg in the first full year of operation. "One of the strongest things influencing customers to shop with us are childhood memories. People having been to the store 20, 30 years ago, remembering an absolutely magical experience, wanting to come back, have a real affection for the brand and would like to shop with us. I think a lot of that can work by remote means," he explained. Hamleys carries 22,000 lines -- 17,000 more than its closest UK competitor. "So there are very compelling reasons why people might want to shop with us despite the fact that they are not actually experiencing the store." At 10.28 am Hamleys shares were up 6-1/2 pence at 130. Watch tomorrow morning papers for BUY recommendations.
06/6/2001
10:11
gerard j: Interview just released: LONDON (AFX) - Simon Burke, executive chairman of Hamleys PLC, the world famous toy store that ended a three month search to find a buyer in February, said he is now content for the retailer to remain a publicly quoted company. Speaking in an interview with AFX News after Hamleys reported a sharp rise in year to March 2001 profits, Burke said: "We're very happy carrying on as we are. We're producing good figures now. There's every reason why the shares should increase in value and that's not a bad place to be." He said being a PLC is "not a problem" for Hamleys, despite its small size. "It's where I think we can deliver best value to shareholders by getting more results like this in and getting the share price up. That's my job and I'm very happy to go on doing it in that way." Last November Hamleys retained Close Brothers to assist it in exploring a sale of the business after talks earlier in the year with Charterhouse Development Capital came to nought. In February Hamleys said although it had received interest from several parties no worthwhile offers were made. "I felt it was important to explore those options in terms of shareholder value. If there was someone out there who was going to pay a significant premium to the current share price for the business it was important for us to flush that out," said Burke. "We've been through that exercise, there isn't anyone of that kind." For the year to March 31 2001 Hamleys reported a pretax profit of 3.9 mln stg, up from just 27,000 stg last time, on turnover of 45.7 mln stg, compared to 51.8 mln in the 14 months to March 25 2000. Like-for-like sales were up 4.2 pct at the flagship Regent Street store and 0.4 pct at Toystack. Second half like-for-like sales at Regent Street were up 7.7 pct. Regent Street margins increased 1.6 pct due to better product mix and lower shrinkage. The dividend was maintained at 7.3 pence. Hamleys said it has made an "encouraging" start to the new year. Burke declined to give a sales figure as one will be given at the July AGM. He conceded that lower tourist numbers in London due to foot and mouth had impacted tourist footfall, but said the effect was more than compensated for by "very strong" domestic growth. Hamleys said in February it would convert 12 of its 16 Toystack stores to the retailer's bespoke soft toy concept Bear Factory. Four Bear Factories opened during the year and have met expectations, generating a contribution of 0.2 mln stg. Burke anticipates a further 10 pct cut in overhead costs in the current year through cheaper warehouse servicing of Bear Factory compared to Toystack and improved systems. The chairman's strategy is to make Hamleys a multi-channel business. Last year a Hamleys catalogue was launched and its website was re-launched. The two businesses form Hamleys Direct, with sales forecast to exceed 1 mln stg in the first full year of operation. "One of the strongest things influencing customers to shop with us are childhood memories. People having been to the store 20, 30 years ago, remembering an absolutely magical experience, wanting to come back, have a real affection for the brand and would like to shop with us. I think a lot of that can work by remote means," he explained. Hamleys carries 22,000 lines -- 17,000 more than its closest UK competitor. "So there are very compelling reasons why people might want to shop with us despite the fact that they are not actually experiencing the store." At 10.28 am Hamleys shares were up 6-1/2 pence at 130.' Watch tomorrow morning papers for BUY recommendations.
18/5/2001
08:19
gerard j: Signs of recovery of toys, gifts and games retailer Hamleys. 1- Mar 2001: 3 Directors ( John Atkinson, Ian Parker, Simon Burke) increases their holdings. 2- 15 May 2001: Phoenix Asset Management increases their holdings to 2,570,952 shares. 3- 16 May 2001: Phoenix Asset Management increases further their holdings to 2,900,952 shares. 4- Long list of Major Shareholders remaining faithful with this stock:Major Shareholders: (17 May 01) 21.07m 5 5/9p Ords - Phoenix Asset Mgmt Ptnrs Ltd 13.77%, Prudential 13.21%, FMR Corp & FIL 9.46%, Schroder Group 9.36%, Phillips & Drew Ltd 8.57%, Jupiter Asset Management 8.48%, H Dyer 5.56%, Baillie Gifford & Co Ltd 4.88%, AXA Sun Life Investment Mgmt 4.64%, Deutsche Asset Mgmt 3.49%, Other Dirs 0.15%. As the retail sector recovers, and interest rates drops, so will Hamleys share price which at a 12-months low. JOIN IN !!!! Gerard J
18/5/2001
08:05
gerard j: 1- March2001 : 3 Directors increased their holdings. 2- 15 May 2001 : Phoenix Asset Management increases their holdings to 2,570.952 shares. 3- 16 May 2001: Phoenix increases further their holdings to 2,900,952 shares. Major Shareholders: 4-Long list of Major Shareholders: (17 May 01) 21.07m 5 5/9p Ords - Phoenix Asset Mgmt Ptnrs Ltd 13.77%, Prudential 13.21%, FMR Corp & FIL 9.46%, Schroder Group 9.36%, Phillips & Drew Ltd 8.57%, Jupiter Asset Management 8.48%, H Dyer 5.56%, Baillie Gifford & Co Ltd 4.88%, AXA Sun Life Investment Mgmt 4.64%, Deutsche Asset Mgmt 3.49%, Other Dirs 0.15%. The fall is obviously overdone and as the retail sector will recover, and interest rates drops, Hamleys share price should also recover. Gerard J PS: I have just purchased 3000 shares at 121.8p.
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