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Sunday 06 February 2011
Joanna Lumley, Helen Lederer and Claudia Winkleman are among more than 40 celebrities and designers who have customised bras in aid of a breast cancer charity.
Monday 31 January 2011
Quick off the mark as ever, well done to the credit-ratings agency Fitch which finally woke up at the end of last week to the fact that there have been a few troubles in Egypt. Fitch got round to putting the country's debt on "negative outlook" after several days of unrest that could soon result in a long-awaited change of government. Expect a downgrade at some point, presumably when it's all been resolved and things have started to look up.
Last Night's TV: Justin Lee Collins: Turning Japanese, Channel 5<br/>Skins, E4<br/>Kidnap and Ransom, ITV1
Friday 28 January 2011
There's a lot that's quite odd about Japan. Is it OK to say that? I mean, really. They do karaoke... sober. And they have kiwifruit KitKats. And coffee jelly (in Starbucks). And lots of other things that aren't quite normal, like manga and robots.
Friday 21 January 2011
Primark ratcheted up the pressure on rival retailers yesterday with a pledge to keep its prices down, even as other fashion chains warned of price increases to offset soaring costs.
Wednesday 29 December 2010
Sales of Gossard lingerie have soared by 65 per cent in the past year, thanks to the recent craze for racy burlesque fashions and dancing.
Sunday 19 December 2010
Monday 06 December 2010
Retailers may face a code of conduct on "age appropriate" marketing as part of a bid to halt the sale of sexualised products to young children. A government inquiry to be launched today will examine whether new rules are needed to prevent the sale of items such as "porn star" T-shirts, lap-dancing kits and padded bras to pre-teens.
Tuesday 30 November 2010
The discount fashion chain Primark achieved record takings of more than £820,000 at its flagship store in the West End of London on Saturday.
Thursday 25 November 2010
Today is Thanksgiving in the US, but there's been a distinct absence of gratitude from American travellers about the increasingly rude tactics of the Transportation Security Administration, the federal body which oversees the scanning at airports. It's not just the new X-ray machinery that's causing the indignation. It's the alternative – the so-called "pat-down."
Friday 12 November 2010
Wednesday 10 November 2010
Primark expects the soaring price of cotton to "erode" some of the uplift in profit margins the discount fashion retailer delivered in its last financial year.
Tuesday 02 November 2010
Monday 01 November 2010
Rigby & Peller, the corsetier to the Queen and many Hollywood A-listers, may offer bras up to a formidable size M cup. Where profits are concerned, however, it is not so well-endowed: according to its latest annual accounts, the company made a loss of £214,000 last year, compared with a pre-tax profit of £168,000 the year before.
Saturday 30 October 2010
If you ask me, it's a sad day when the red tops look up J-Lo's skirt and report back that she has "dimpled thighs". It's a sad day for J-Lo and a sad day for all those dimpled thighs who just want to get on with their business quietly. "I never bother anyone when I go about my dimpling," one such thigh says. "I dimple in the mornings, and then tend to read for the afternoon. I like Philip Roth."
Wednesday 27 October 2010
Love it or loathe it, you can't avoid it – at least not anymore. As we report today, Primark became Britain's biggest clothes retailer by sales volumes over the summer. That is a position that has traditionally been occupied by Marks and Spencer (although Asda briefly nosed into the lead last summer) and Primark's ascent is a shot right across Marc Bolland's bows. There will be no time for him to get too comfy at his no doubt splendidly appointed desk at the M&S Lubyanka.
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