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Harrods vs. the Wall Street Journal
In 2002 the upscale British department store Harrods issued a press release on April 1 announcing plans to 'float' the company. At first it indicated that this would involve a "first-come, first-served share option". Later it revised this to indicate that it was not planning to float shares on the stock exchange. Instead, it was planning to create a floating version of the store on the river Thames. It was just an April Fool's Day joke, but the Wall Street Journal fell for it. In retaliation, four days later the WSJ ran a story asking whether Harrods was the British Enron and suggesting that "investors would be wise to question its every disclosure." Now Harrods is suing the WSJ in order to stop this story from being included in the WSJ's online archives. The Guardian covers the story.
Categories: April Fools Day
Posted by The Curator on Sat Feb 21, 2004
Wow.. someone at WSJ is a little cranky about not catching an April Fools Joke...
Posted by Bob S. Yunkle  on  Fri Feb 27, 2004  at  04:44 AM
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