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The quickest way to update your home is to add concrete to the mix, and from lamps to flooring, the high street has it covered. By Trish Lorenz

He's not the only one looking for a loo

As a compatriot, you don't have to believe every detail of Pavlos Joseph's defence of how he encountered David Beckham in the England dressing-room in Cape Town to find at least one element of his story grimly plausible: the bit where he says: "My name's Pavlos and I'm just looking for a toilet."

Small shopkeepers fight proposals to relax Sunday trading laws before Christmas

Small shops hit back at a push by large retail chains for a relaxation in Sunday trading laws that would allow them to trade for longer on Boxing Day this year, arguing that the change was opposed by the majority of the public.

M&S reclaims top spot among clothing chains

Marks & Spencer has reclaimed its crown as the UK's biggest clothing retailer, but the market share of Bhs, its rival, has dived over the past year.

Bolland's M&S move imminent

Marc Bolland looks set to join Marks and Spencer earlier in the new year than anticipated.

Business Diary: Woman complains horse is too ill to ride

Faulty washing machines and toys feature prominently in customer complaints, but a sick horse is a new one on us. Nonetheless, the UK European Consumer Centre, which is two-years-old on Saturday, highlighted the case of a UK woman who was miffed at finding out that the £3,000 horse she bought from a Swedish trader suffering from a medical condition that prevented it from being ridden. The ECC's UK arm took up the case and a mediation body eventually ruled in her favour. The horse was sent back to the trader and the woman was reimbursed £3,000 plus damages. Neight a bad result.

High street cheered by Debenhams and Arcadia

Sir Philip Green's Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge enjoy record year of profits

Fashion chain reports return to profits growth

Sir Philip Green's Topshop and Dorothy Perkins empire today reported a return to annual profits growth despite "one of the most challenging retail landscapes" ever seen by the billionaire fashion boss.

Green ratchets up pressure on Bhs suppliers

British Home Stores (Bhs), owned by the tycoon Sir Philip Green, has turned the screws on its suppliers as the billionaire merges the retailer with his Arcadia fashion group. Bhs, which has 185 branches, said it was increasing the discount rate for suppliers from 11.25 per cent to 14.25 per cent from 1 July, in a move that is reported to have angered some of them.

Jeremy Warner: A mighty cull of billionaires

Outlook The annual Forbes billionaires list used to make dull old reading. Every year there would be more of them, until eventually they became so common that there hardly seemed any point in being one. Uncle Tom Cobley and all seemed to join this once exclusive club. But no more. The latest list, published today, reveals a shocking, credit-crunched, cull. Out go the likes of Sir Tom Hunter – was he ever one in the first place? – and Icap's Michael Spencer. There appear to be no new British additions at all, and even Sir Philip Green, the retail financier, has found his estimated fortune nearly halved to £4.8bn. Poor dear. Must be tough to rub along on so little.

Days Like These: 'Today's diary entry may read: Drank pot of tea. Saw owl – or fat pigeon.'

Each year, as a child, I would be given a Letts schoolgirl diary for Christmas, and on the first of January, I would begin diligently recording the many fascinating events that made up my daily life. A typical entry might read: "Jan 8th: Went to British Home Stores with mum. Almost bought a skirt, but didn't", or: "Jan 26th: Went to school. Did skipping. Made butter."

Green drops plans to bid for Moss Bros

Moss Bros lost more than a third of its market value yesterday after the tycoon Sir Philip Green said he had no plans to launch a takeover bid for the menswear retailer and suit hire group.

Walker drops Woolworths to buys bits of Iceland

Malcolm Walker, founder of the frozen food chain Iceland, is thought to have ended his interest in buying Woolworths, and is instead deciding whether to buy up chunks of his group owned by Baugur.

Interest rate cut would not save high street, Bhs's Green says

Sir Philip Green failed to lift the gloom on the high street yesterday, unveiling operating profits down sharply at the Bhs store chain and warning that a cut in interest rates would have little impact on trading before Christmas.

Retailers in the line of fire

Retail sales suffered their worst slump since 1986 in June, official figures revealed yesterday, piling the pressure on leading stores and chains. James Thompson reports on the 10 retailers feeling the pinch most acutely, as the consumer slowdown continues to bite

Green seeking an exit from BHS to focus on Topshop

Fashion tycoon Sir Philip Green is understood to be looking for buyers for BHS, his department store chain, to concentrate on Topshop, which is expanding into the US with its Kate Moss clothing range.

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