Notable FTSE 100 deletions
Today, there are several major brands that no longer feature on the FTSE 100 because they no longer exist as listed companies. Boots, for example, was bought out by a private equity firm in 2007, and Cadbury Schweppes demerged in the same year.
There has also been a big shift in the sectors that blue-chip British business operate in. Conglomerates, a key part of the FTSE 100 in 1984, no longer feature. Nowadays, UK businesses tend to specialise more – meaning the days of companies like Thorn EMI, a music distributor that also specialised in consumer electronics and defence, are over.
And, of course, there are the companies that have slipped down into the FTSE 250 and beyond. High street bookmakers like Ladbrokes, who were a mainstay on the FTSE 100 until they dropped out in 2006, haven’t returned since.