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THE chief executive of Ann Summers, the controversial chain of sex stores, is to give a talk in Edinburgh about successful women in business.
WITH a public plaudit from the celebrity bible OK magazine saying she is "the woman responsible for bringing sex to the high street and liberating thousands of women between the sheets", Jacqueline Gold, chief executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, is one of Britain's most successful businesswomen.
IT may sound like something from a Victorian end-of-the-pier show.
The music blares, the lights turn everyone a sickly shade of green and a diminutive woman steps on to the podium. In vertiginous heels, a snakeskin print dress emphasising her hourglass figure, she looks more like a glamorous country and western singer than the head of a £155 million business. But then, Jacqueline Gold, chief executive of the Ann Summers organisation, is acutely aware of her assets; she knows better than anyone in the room that sex sells.
TAKINGS are up at Ann Summers, the lingerie and sex-toy retailer. Like-for-like sales rose by ten per cent in November and it expects a similar rise this month.
ANN Summers, the sex toys and lingerie chain, said its home parties were setting pulses racing as it unveiled a 19 per cent rise in profits.
SEX toys and lingerie chain Ann Summers has unveiled a 19 per cent rise in profits, which it said was down to the continued success of its home retail parties.
DESPITE their array of risqué lingerie and daring sex toys, Ann Summers shops are now a high street staple with more than 70 stores nationwide.
SEX-TOY and lingerie chain Ann Summers - and the rest of the legal sex industry - will be free to advertise for new staff in Government job centres.
ANN Summers, the sex toys and lingerie chain, today won its High Court bid to overturn a ban on its adverts for staff in Government job centres.
SEX toys and lingerie chain Ann Summers yesterday asked the High Court to outlaw a "ridiculous" ban on it advertising for staff in Jobcentres.
ANN Summers, the sex toys and lingerie chain, was today challenging a refusal to allow it to advertise for staff in Jobcentres.
THE award for the most embarrassing shopping incident this week goes to a female customer in the Wolverhampton branch of Ann Summers.
AN embarrassed woman had to be rescued by five burly firemen after becoming trapped in a pair of sexy handcuffs during a shopping trip to an Ann Summers store.
SEX shop Ann Summers has reported bumper sales up 22 per cent during the key month of trading in December.
SEX store chain Ann Summers emerged as the surprise leader as several high street retailers today updated the City on how they fared over the Christmas period.
ANN Summers, which earlier this year opened a store on Princes Street, has reported a 3.8 per cent rise in like-for-like sales in the three months to September 30, sharply down on the previous quarter’s growth of 19.1 per cent.
AS FAR as marketing gimmicks go, this one takes the biscuit.