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Connect Group PLC is a distributor of newspapers, magazines, books and consumables, headquartered in Swindon, England. The company, originally known as 'WHSmith News' was created and renamed Smiths News PLC on 1 September 2006 from the demerger of W H Smith plc.[2] In April 2014, Smiths News PLC rebranded as Connect Group PLC to reflect the diversity of the Group's markets.

Connect Group PLC
Smiths News PLC
Traded asLSECNCT
ProductsNewspapers and magazines, consumables, books
RevenueIncrease £1,089 million GBP (2014)[1]

Connect Group PLC comprises Smiths News, the UK's largest newspaper and magazine wholesaler; Dawson Media Direct (international media supply to airlines and travel points) and Tuffnells (a leading Parcel Freight distributor).



On 12 April 2006, the board of WH Smith PLC announced its intention to demerge the retail and news distribution arms of the business into two separate companies. The resulting companies are W H Smith PLC (continues as the retail arm), and Smiths News PLC (former news distribution arm).[3] The demerger took effect on 30 August 2006.

Rebrand to Connect Group PLCEdit

On 17 March 2014, Smiths News PLC announced it would be renamed Connect Group PLC. This took effect on 22 April 2014 .


  1. ^ Annual Report and Accounts 2014Connect Group. Viewed online, 21 March 2015.
  2. ^ Smiths News: about us Archived 2006-11-08 at the Wayback MachineSmiths News. Viewed online, 8 October 2006.
  3. ^ Separation of W H Smith Retail and News Distribution businesses via a Demerger[permanent dead link] — W H Smith PLC. Viewed online, 8 October 2006.

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