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Argos is one of the UK's largest non-food retail chains.
Argos now has over 550 stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland
They are the number 1 retailer for toys & small electrical appliances, & a leading player in many other markets including DIY & gardening, consumer electronics & furniture.
They also have a significant market share in jewellery, DIY products, sports equipment & furniture.
Argos was founded in 1973 & is now the UK's leading general merchandise retailer with sales greater than £3 billion (financial year April 2002-March 2003).
After nearly 6 years as a private company they were acquired by B.A.T. Industries Limited in 1979, & then demerged in 1990. Argos became a limited company again until it was acquired by GUS plc in 1998.
Argos is now part of the Argos Retail Group, owned by GUS plc.