Over-expansion is something that bedevils many public companies, particularly retailers. Under stock market pressure to keep growing rapidly, they lose the quality that originally set them apart.
That has been a problem for many companies, including McDonald’s and Starbucks. It also led to the firing of Mickey Drexler, the former chief executive of Gap, in 2002. Mr Drexler has now made an impressive return to form at J.Crew. Read more