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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

The festering season, by Mark Simpson

For weeks we've been exhorting you to spend, spend, spend, but now that the presents have (with any luck) been bought and the preparations are complete, it's time to ponder the deeper meaning of Christmas. We asked our favourite writers to rant, reflect or reminisce on a festive theme. As Ronald Hutton explains, the last thing you should feel at this time of year is guilty, so sit down with a mince pie and enjoy

Green rules out fresh offer for Marks & Spencer

Philip Green insisted he has no interest in re-bidding for Marks & Spencer yesterday, but shares in the high street retailer still ended higher after a mysterious South African financial outfit claimed it was working on a 410p a share cash bid.

Green plans a £500m payout as he finds Arcadia on the high street

Watch Out Paris, here comes Philip Green. Having quickly shrugged off the disappointment of having his £9.1bn bid for Marks & Spencer foiled in July, the retail tycoon is planning to export Top Shop to Europe as his next retailing coup.

Bhs dividend pays Green and family £3.6m a week

Philip Green and his family earned the equivalent of £3.6m a week from their Bhs store chain in the year to 27 March, the retail tycoon disclosed yesterday.

Green aims for £250m more in sales at Bhs

Philip Green yesterday set his Bhs empire the goal of increasing sales by £250m as he announced plans to spend £20m on "freshening up" its 50 biggest stores over the next six weeks.

Green takes on M&S with autumn collection campaign

Philip Green launched the first prong of his autumn offensive against Marks & Spencer yesterday as he insisted his aborted £9bn bid for the retailer was "very much history".

Kenwright gives himself four days to save Everton

Bill Kenwright last night gave himself four days to find backers for his regime at Everton or hand over control.

Kenwright turns to the man who was not wanted by M&S

Bill Kenwright has turned to his close friend, the billionaire Philip Green, to help him keep control of Everton.

City pockets a £50m bonanza as Green licks his wounds over Marks & Spencer

'The way he behaves is why people don't want to work with him'. Abigail Townsend reports on the aftermath of the retail battle

He's survived the bid. Now Rose must go head-to-head with Green on high street

Spurned financier promises to be breathing down the neck of Marks & Spencer

High noon on high street as Green seeks revenge

Following the rejection of his takeover bid, the billionaire owner of Bhs has declared retail war on Marks & Spencer. Can he win?

'Only days left' warns Green after M&S unveils bid defence

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