Great Universal Stores, the retail and business services group, today announced that Eric Barnes, deputy chairman, Jonathan Charkham, non-executive director, and David Bury, group commercial director and treasurer, would retire from the board at this year's AGM. Sir Victor Blank, chairman, said: "On behalf of everyone at GUS, I would like to thank these board members for the important contribution they have made to the group's development over the years. Eric has been with GUS for almost five decades, including 17 years on the board, and his contribution throughout this time has been extraordinary. We are delighted that he has chosen to remain with the group as a non-executive director of Experian and Lewis Stores.