City&FinanceBriefing Jimmy Choo shoes are not what one usually associates with the stomping grounds of Shepherds Bush Green. But by Christmas, an outlet supply- ing the footwear loved by the rich and famous will open at the Westfield shopping centre. Todays announcement comes as the Australian owner of the 1.7 billion mall reveals it has already hit its tar- get of 20 million visitors in its first year and is expecting the number to be near 22million by its first anniver- sary at the end of this month. The decision to allow free parking for up to two hours -- combined with a line-up of designer brands including Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton -- appears to have paid off. michael Gutman, managing director of Westfield UK, said: The centre had a very strong summer. Nearly a year on from open- ing, we are 99% let across the centre, above our national average of 9%. Jimmy Choo shoes are worn by Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gordon Browns wife Sarah, and the new store will help seal Westfields reputation as an alternative to the West End. There are only two standalone Jimmy Choo outlets in London, in Bond Street and Sloane Street. The 1,426 sq ft Westfield outlet will also stock handbags, sunglasses and other accessories. Among the shop- pers at Westfield were model Danielle Lloyd, 25, with her boyfriend, Portsmouth midfielder Jamie OHara, 23. She said: Weve never been here before and we didnt know a Jimmy Choo was opening, but now we can come and spend lots of money. The shops are fantastic. We used to go to Bluewater, but this is much better. Ex-boyfriend Teddy Sheringham once gave her a 7000 pair of Choos. Inbrief A happy first birthday for Westfield as 22m flock in BY JONathaN prYNN Virgins F1 Brawn deal brings in TV bonanza SIR Richard Branson has made back his money more than 20 times over on Virgins sponsorship of the Brawn Formula One team in TV coverage alone. The stellar performance of British driver Jenson Button and his Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello this season has earned Virgin global television coverage worth 51.5 million, according to figures from media monitoring group Margaux Matrix. But Virgin is estimated to have paid just $250,000 (155,000) a race for its logo to appear on the teams cars, a total of $3.75 million so far this season, or 4.5% of the value of the TV airtime. Branson got a knockdown price for the deal, signed on the eve of the first race of the season in Melbourne, because the teams future was hanging in the balance after owner Honda withdrew from the sport. Companies could ordinarily expect to pay around $20 million to sponsor a team for a season. Button must finish third or better in Sundays Brazilian Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the season, to secure the drivers crown. National Expresss bid woe STRiCKEN train and coach company National Express was plunged deeper into crisis today as the 500p-a-share, 1.7 billion rescue takeover offer for the company evaporated. The news that National Expresss largest shareholder, the Cosmen family from Spain, their private-equity bidding partner CVC and the rival UK rail company Stagecoach were walking away from their takeover bid sent shares in the group plummeting 28%, down 131p to 339p. 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Conspicuous consumption: Westfield has attracted its target of 20m visitors Beatles boom boosts Chrysalis l THE massive success of the digitally remastered Beatles albums released last month sent music publisher Chrysalis scurrying to tell analysts to upgrade their numbers. Chrysalis, expected to return to the black this year, owns Beatles producer George Martins master rights to several of the albums including Rubber Soul and Abbey Road. 1bn Google in search for staff l GOOGLE, the worlds most popular internet search engine, which has offices in Victoria, today said it plans to start hiring staff again after reporting a 27% rise in third-quarter profits to $1.64 billion (1 billion). Chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said: If you have all this behind you, the only outcome you should have as management is; OK, lets build now. 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