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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.

Business Diary: Ratings agency wakes up to Egypt

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

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.

Primark to keep a lid on price rises as sales surge

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.

Lingerie firm cashes in on burlesque boom

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.

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Rant

Inquiry to look at 'sexualised' items

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.

Primark store sets new sales record

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.

John Walsh: Make my day, punk: don't touch my junk

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."

John Walsh: BTW (12/11/10)

You always remember your first riot

Cotton costs will our hit margins, warns Primark

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.

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The Queen's corsetier hits hard times as bra wars intensify

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.

Deborah Ross: 'It&rsquo;s no fun having the red tops up your skirt'

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."

James Moore: Primark is the best summer seller

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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