Wal-Mart veteran in key Asda post

Asda has hired a Wal-Mart veteran into the strategically important role of chief merchandising officer, strengthening its top team at a crucial time for the country's second-biggest grocer.

Warehouse owner Aurora posts 11-month profit

Aurora Fashions has posted a profit at its chains including Karen Millen, Oasis and Warehouse, 16 months after buying them out of administration.

Jigsaw sinks to £7.3m loss as margins tumble

Losses nearly doubled at the group which owns the Jigsaw and Kew fashion stores last year, as margins fell and it restructured its operations. The recession forced Robinson Webster, the holding company behind the two chains, to consolidate its number of warehouses and stores, as well as slash its headcount and staffing costs by more than £2m to £19.1m.

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The modern warehouse

Not to be mistaken for a pop-up shop with a similar name, The Modern Warehouse has been running for six years specialising in mid- century modern furniture. This stylish Rosewood Chest (£1,450) is typical of their one-off pieces. ( www.themodern warehouse.com )

My First Job: Writer and presenter Nigel Rees worked in a warehouse

'It was physical work – pretty boring but it paid well'

Penny pincher: Cooking up tasty treats on the cheap

The days when students survived on beans on toast are long gone. Nowadays you're more likely to be saving the pennies with a jar of pesto and a jumbo-size packet of pasta. Or working your way through the various flavours of three-minute noodles. But there are ways to cook with equipment other than a kettle and a sieve - and save money at the same time.

Saatchi fire, Green future and others

Whole chapters of achievement wiped out in Saatchi fire

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