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AS ECO-WARRIORS go, Santa is an unlikely candidate. But he cunningly does his bit for global warming. His sleigh is driven by reindeer power, and - little known fact - Rudolph himself runs on fully recycleable jelly bean fuel. These tasty beans are now available for everyone to munch from the super dooper reindeer pooper. You fill his tummy up with beans and dispense them by pressing his back. The perfect way to stuff your face and do your bit for the environment at the same time.

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Outlook: Storehouse gloom

SIR TERENCE Conran was a bitter man when all those years ago he was driven out of Storehouse, the company he had helped to create, complaining loudly that the biggest mistake he ever made was to hire Michael Julien. It wasn't long before Mr Julien was gone too and looking back on it all now, Sir Terence can only reflect on how lucky he is to be running a chain of fashionable restaurants rather than the dead parrot that is today's Storehouse.

Storehouse plans to split into Bhs and Mothercare as it slides into a pounds 16m loss

STOREHOUSE, THE struggling retailer that owns the Bhs and Mothercare stores, yesterday announced plans to split the two chains into separate companies.

Storehouse abandons search for new chief

STOREHOUSE, the ailing retailer that owns Bhs and Mothercare, has abandoned its search for a new chief executive and has instead decided to split its business in two, writes Dan Gledhill.

M&S blame the warm weather for poor sales

MARKS & SPENCER blamed warm September weather yesterday for its second profits warning of the year, fuelling renewed fears that its struggle to recover from poor sales will take longer than expected.

Column One: Mwah! Mwah! Fashion is such fun, Jasper

I'M GOING to a fashion show! A proper one with proper frocks and proper models and a proper catwalk and everything! I am quite excited. Although, by this, I don't want you to think I've never been to a show before - zut alors, as they say in Paris! I once, I think, attended a "special evening" at Bhs for its most valued card-holders although, admittedly, this was less haute couture and more bedside lighting plus a unique opportunity to view the next big thing in home furnishings.

The catcher in the rye

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The Investment Column: Debenhams

TRADING IS tough for the clothing retailers at the moment, as investors in Marks & Spencer know to their cost. And even robust competitors like Debenhams have been feeling the heat. Debenhams, which was demerged from Burton at the beginning of 1998, reported disappointing sales figures yesterday with underlying sales in the 18 weeks to 17 July down 3.6 per cent. This was worse than analysts had expected, though there was better news on the margin, which has improved by 0.4 percentage points.

Debenhams to deny bid for rival

DEBENHAMS, THE retailer, is today expected to announce it is not in talks to acquire Storehouse, the owner of 272 Mothercare and 135 Bhs stores, following reports it was preparing a pounds 750m bid for its troubled rival.

Storehouse shares leap as Edelman resigns

STOREHOUSE, THE troubled owner of BhS and Mothercare, yesterday announced the resignation of Keith Edelman, the chief executive, a week after the group reported a 20 per cent slump in profits and the closure of 68 Mothercare stores.

Storehousetakes axe to Mothercare

STOREHOUSE, the struggling Bhs and Mothercare retailer, disappointed the market again yesterday when it issued a warning on first-half profits alongside plans to close 68 branches of Mothercare at a cost of pounds 16m.

Outlook: Storehouse

PETER SALSBURY, the new chief executive at Marks & Spencer, might feel as if he has the whole world on his shoulders at the moment but if he fancies a chat with someone in a similar hole, he could do a lot worse than meet up for a few drinks with Keith Edelman.

Storehouse returns to Russia

STOREHOUSE, the BhS and Mothercare retailer, is returning to Russia eight months after stopping shipments to the country as the local economy teetered on the brink of collapse. Storehouse has resumed the supply of product to its branch of BhS in Moscow and claims trading is "very strong". It plans to monitor performance with a view to the possible opening of more Russian stores.
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