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John Lewis staff set for bonus windfall

Employees at the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) are expected to toast an annual bonus payment of at least 15 per cent of salary when the retail group unveils its full-year results on Wednesday.

New car sales fall back into the slow lane

The number of cars rolling out of British showrooms dropped by more than 5,000 – or nearly 8 per cent – last month, the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed yesterday.

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New car sales dipped last month but not by as much as expected, figures today showed.

Millionth iPhone app download for Auto Trader

Auto Trader, operator of the popular autotrader.co.uk car buying and selling website, reports that one million users have now downloaded its iPhone app, a development that reflects a growing trend for car-buyers to search for their next car using mobile devices.

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Development Securities buys half stake in Lichfield scheme

Listed property company Development Securities is investing part of the £100m it raised last year in a retail scheme in Lichfield. It is buying a 50 per cent stake in a £100m stalled retail development in the Staffordshire city.

Sports Direct, B&Q and Dunelm grow profits

Three of the UK's biggest retailers delivered a rise in profits yesterday, but Sports Direct, Dunelm and B&Q-owner Kingfisher unveiled mixed messages on recent trading.

'A 2012 Olympic legacy? It could be Leyton Orient going out of business'

Arsenal visit in the FA Cup on Sunday, but chairman Barry Hearn fears the impact of West Ham's relocation

Home and car sales fall as buyers show nerves

Broad signs of continuing nervousness among British consumers over major purchases emerged yesterday with the latest data on new car registrations and house prices, with both showing a weakening trend.

New car sales plummet by 11.5%

New car sales fell by 11.5% to 128,811 last month compared with January 2010, new figures showed today.

Larsson publisher grows UK share

The small UK publisher that brought Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to the country saw its share of the market double last year as readers continued to be hooked by the exploits of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.

UK to spend £7bn on electric cars by 2014

Britain's motor industry is in line for a £7bn boost from electric cars between now and 2014, according to a survey to be published this morning. Yet, in the short term, dealerships face a "fraught" 2011, as the stuttering economy and subdued consumer confidence drag sales down by as much as 10 per cent on last year, a leading industry expert warns.

Davos Diary: Peace through prosperity...

Klaus Schwab, the founder of the Davos get-togethers, has almost messianic status among delegates to the World Economic Forum's meetings in Switzerland each year, and some would do almost anything to get on the right side of him. Still, how credible is the campaign being waged in the corridors of the Davos Congress Centre to nominate Schwab for the Nobel Peace Prize? We all know it's economics that makes the world go round, but still.

Blacks falls as sale plan is ditched

Shares in Blacks Leisure tumbled by 9 per cent yesterday after the outdoor retail specialist canned plans to sell the company.

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