1988 Argos

Argos is a catalogue merchant based in the United Kingdom and Ireland. With about 740 stores, it is the largest general-goods retailer in the UK.   Together with sister company Homebase, it today forms part of the Home Retail Group.

Argos owns numerous brands including Elizabeth Duke (jewellery and watches), AlbaBush, Chad Valley,  and many others.

Argos was once a FTSE 100 Index constituent in its own right but is today represented by its parent company Home Retail Group in the FTSE 250 Index.

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1985 DAZ

Daz is the name of a popular laundry detergent on the market in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is manufactured by Procter & Gamble and is lower priced than P&G’s main brand, Ariel. Aggressively marketed, it is associated in popular culture with the “Daz Doorstep Challenge” series of commercials, which saw various ‘hosts’ including Danny Baker, Shane Richie and Michael Barrymore surprising house occupiers at the door and asking them to put Daz to the test against a rival detergent.

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1985 Toshiba Microwaves

Toshiba Corporation, earlier named Tokyo Shibaura Electric K.K. (after the Shibaura district in Tokyo), is a Japanese multinational electronics, electrical equipment and information technology corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of electrical products, spanning information & communications equipment and systems, Internet-based solutions and services, electronic components and materials, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances.

In 2010, Toshiba was the world’s fifth-largest personal computer vendor measured by revenues (after Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and Lenovo).[3] In the same year, it was also the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of semiconductors by revenues (after Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments).

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1975 Dixons Sale

Dixons Retail plc  is one of the largest British consumer electronics retailers in Europe. The company operates Dixons.co.uk as well as Dixons Travel, Currys, Currys.digital, PC World, Equanet and Electro World stores along with many other brands across Europe, including Pixmania and Advent Computers.

The company, formerly known as Dixons plc and later DSG International plc, specialises in selling mass-market technology consumer electronics products, audio-video equipment, PCs, small and large domestic appliances, photographic equipment, communication products and related financial and after sales services (e.g. extended service agreements). They also sell other products and services, electrical products, spares, repairs, mobile services, online digital photo processing, pre-recorded media and childcare equipment.

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1974 Fairy Cleaning Soap

Fairy is a brand of washing-up liquid produced by Procter & Gamble at their West Thurrock factory (The London Plant), England. Fairy liquid is traditionally green, prompting the well-known advertising jingle “Now hands that do dishes can feel soft as your face, with mild green Fairy Liquid”.

As of 2008, Fairy is sold in most parts of Europe, although regional names vary. Fairy liquid is available in a variety of colour and scent combinations. The iconic white bottle with red cap was replaced with PET bottles.

In the UK, Fairy Liquid has become a genericized trademark for washing up liquid.

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