38 Thursday, 29 October 2009 London Lite Inbrief Sex And The City helps Westwood increase sales The founder of the Jongleurs comedy chain, whose parent company went into administration earlier this month, has regained control of the brand and plans a chain of new clubs next year. Maria Kempinska founded Jongleurs in 1983, helping to launch the careers of Paul Merton and harry enfield. She licensed the name to Regent Inns, which also ran the Australia Dollars 1.7009 Canada Dollars 1.6650 Denmark Kroner 7.8187 Eurozone Euro 1.0536 Hong Kong Dollars 12.0300 Japan Yen 142.0500 New Zealand Dollars 2.0577 South Africa Rand 11.7400 Sweden Kronor 10.8900 Switzerland Francs 1.5908 UAE Dirham 5.6387 United States Dollars 1.5624 TouriST rATeS DOWN 9.87 at 5070.55 fTSe 100 doW joneS nikkei -$ DOWN 119.48 at 9762.69 DOWN 183.95 at 9891.10 UP 0.52 at $1.6427 >>for all the latest City share prices, call 0905 817 1694* or visit thisismoney.co.uk * Calls cost 75p/min from a BT landline & last approx 1 min per quote. not all stocks are available Vogue publisher in profits blow l Vogue publisher Cond Nasts London-based international arm saw annual profits drop 12% last year as the recession began to bite the luxury market. Annual accounts filed at Companies House showed profits at the glossy magazines firm were 33.5 million in the year to 31 December 2008, down from 38.3 million. Turnover rose 14% to 479.9 million. Jilted: Sarah Jessica Parker wears her Westwood gown Poor results hit Shells shares l PLANS to axe 5,000 jobs in a belated attempt to shake up Royal Dutch Shell failed to prevent a slide in the shares of the oil supermajor -- down 3% or 58p at 1853p. Shell today reported profits of $3 billion for the July, August and September, a collapse of 72% on the third quarter of 2008. Chief executive Peter Voser blamed the results on the weak global economy. natex dives as merger fails l NATIoNAL express is to go for a last roll of the dice and a rights issue of up to 500 million after its latest merger deal fell apart. Shares in the trains, coaches and buses group plunged 55.6p to 307.3p, a fall of 15%, after the proposed merger with arch-rival Stagecoach failed. The merger plan had envisaged Stagecoach having a 60% stake in an enlarged group. Growing success for Virgin Media l VIRgIN Media today said that its third-quarter revenue was up 1.3% to 953 million, in its first trading update since listing on the London Stock exchange. Chief executive Neil Berkett said the company had posted a second successive quarter of record average customer monthly spend, up 5% to 44.24 each in the three months to october. Australian-themed Walkabout bars. But Regent collapsed, leaving the Jongleurs name up for grabs. Kempinska said: Were in talks with a number of people about relaunching Jongleurs in a number of different formats, both live in clubs and theatres, as well as online. We hope to announce our plans soon. The clubs themselves have been bought by a new company called Intertain, which has also bought Regents Walkabout and Old Orleans restaurants. Intertain will operate the venues under the Jongleurs name until the end of the year when it will rebrand them. Last laugh: Maria Kempinska Dame Vivienne Westwood may have walked out of the Sex and The City movie after 10 minutes but the starring role her clothes played has helped protect her fashion empire from the recession. Sales of Westwood labels rose by almost a fifth last year to 17.6 mil- lion after Sarah Jessica Parkers character, Carrie Bradshaw, wore one of the designers gowns for her ill- fated wedding. Westwoods bu s i ne s s p a r t ne r C a rlo Damario said: Being in Sex and The City helped a lot. It brought new customers to us and increased awareness of our labels across the world. We are an independent company so this product placement is invaluable. Damario said sales had also been helped by the creativity of Westwoods designs and their relative affordability for a designer label. Were Prada for the girl next door -- almost, he said. But this wasnt enough to stop profits before tax slipping one per cent last year to 247,000, according to accounts filed at Companies House this week. Westwood and Damario together paid them- selves 3.5million last year. The accounts show the designer is likely to have taken home the lions share of 2.5million -- 40 per cent up on the previous year. In Sex and The City, Carrie is wearing the Westwood silk satin dress when she is jilted at the altar by mr Big. Fashion website Net-a-Porter introduced a knee-length version at 4,530 which sold out within hours. It is now on sale again on the internet and at Westwoods mayfair store. But Dame Vivienne was unimpressed with the wardrobe choices of the movies stylist, Patricia Field. She said last year: I thought Sex and The City was supposed to be about cutting-edge fashion -- there was nothing remotely memo- rable or interesting about what I saw. I went to the premiere and left after 10 minutes. 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