World Business: Growing with Gussie

Whether or not Britain gets into the Common Market, Continental retailers are glumly resigned to sharp competition from the biggest of British shopkeepers: restless Sir Isaac Wolfson, 65. To his collection of 2,600 retail stores in Britain, Canada and South Africa, Sir Isaac has lately added the biggest mail-order house in The Netherlands. Wehkamp Fabriekskantoor. And though he paid $760,000 for it, Sir Isaac clearly regards Wehkamp as only a stepping stone; already he is laying plans to expand the company's business into Belgium and West Germany.

Wolfson's invasion of the Continent is only the latest product of a relentless drive for...

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