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People and Business: Next redress

THERE HAS been strife in the home of David Jones, chief executive of Next. While announcing the clothing group's figures yesterday, Mr Jones referred to comments he made last year explaining the company's profits warning.

Mr Jones said then that the shops had got into trouble because they had understocked "the kind of clothes that my wife and my secretary would wear".

Yesterday Mr Jones repeated this - but begged journalists not to mention his wife again as she had objected at being dragged into the limelight.

Incidentally, the dapper Mr Jones was dressed in this season's colours - grey suit, grey tie, grey shirt. Take note.