News The logo of Samsung Electronics is displayed on a glass door at their headquarters in Seoul on November 6, 2013. Samsung Electronics promised better shareholder returns, dismissed fears over smartphone market saturation and signalled a more aggressive acquisitions policy Wednesday at a rare analysts' briefing to boost its flagging stock price.

Samsung has announced plans to open 60 of its own branded stores in Britain and six other European countries, in a bid to challenge Apple's successful retail store approach.

Retailers' campaign for monthly rents gains momentum

The British Retail Consortium has urged landlords to offer monthly rents to all retailers, as the campaign to switch from quarterly rental payments in advance to monthly transactions gathers pace.

High street chains could benefit from slump in commercial property demand

The high street chains taking on their landlords' rental policies could benefit from sharply falling demand for commercial prop-erty, particularly in the retail sector.

iPhone buyers forced to wait even longer

The high profile launch of Apple's new iPhone was hit by problems today when computer problems prevented customers buying the gadget.

Hurry now while stocks last, the iPhone is on sale

Shoppers will flock to 1,250 stores across Britain today in search of the new 3G iPhone, Apple's combined music player, phone and internet browser. Many will be disappointed.

£1bn Olympic budget may be 'inadequate'

The budget for the London Olympics – which was £2.4bn in 2005 but is now £9.3bn – could yet be overwhelmed by a "perfect storm" of soaring construction prices, plunging demand for housing and an increase in terror threats to the 2012 Games, according to a new report by a City troubleshooter. The £1bn contingency budget for the games may be "inadequate" because of increasing building costs, the credit crunch, slow security planning and delays in agreeing the Games' long-term legacy, Carphone Warehouse co-founder David Ross said.

Inside Lines: 'Tarzan' may be new 2012 watchdog

As can be judged from the exclusive interview on these pages, it has not taken long for Boris Johnson to get his feet under the 2012 Olympic table – and start thumping it, which could put him on a collision course with Games planners and the Government. When the new mayor chaired his first meeting of the Olympic Board last week he made it clear there will be a tightening of belts and purse strings, indicating that some planning had been "pretty unrealistic and would have cost taxpayers a lot of money". Closer to home he is reducing the number of City Hall delegates travelling to Beijing, and like himself they will be flying economy. He is also scrapping plans for 18 Gordon Ramsay-trained chefs to provide gourmet catering at 2012's Beijing hospitality base, London House. Johnson is setting up a unit of business experts to help make the Games cost-effective. The Carphone Warehouse co-founder David Ross has already been brought in to keep an eye on the costs, and we hear that Lord Michael Heseltine, aka "Tarzan", Johnson's predecessor as Tory MP for Henley, is favoured to play akey role on this new Games watchdog body.

Retailers are latest to feel wrath of markets as sales slide

Carphone sheds 11% on broadband worries w Home Retail Group hit by Homebase sales fall

The Week Ahead: Tesco can weather storm with solid UK growth

Tesco is due to publish a first-quarter update tomorrow and despite evidence of declining sales performance, analysts expect the company to report a solid start to the year in the UK.

Retailer offers a free laptop with broadband packages

The communications retailer Carphone Warehouse is stepping up its offensive on the wireless communications market tomorrow by launching an expanded free laptop with broadband offer.

DSG to close 77 Currys outlets and slash dividend

John Browett, the new chief executive of DSG International, is to slash the company's dividend, close underperforming stores and try to improve customer service as he attempts to transform the fortunes of the Currys and PC World-owner.

Margareta Pagano: Carphone Warehouse's US connections ring all the right bells for Dunstone

Best Buy deal to 'revolutionise' European electronics retailing

Best Buy calls for carphone

Best Buy's 50 per cent stake in Carphone Warehouse will give the US retailer a valuable opportunity to take its electronics business global, but don't bank on a takeover. By James Moore

Carphone hit by slowing growth of broadband

Carphone Warehouse's share price dropped by 13 per cent yesterday as investors were spooked by a year-end trading statement with missed revenue predictions and net debt levels 30 per cent above forecasts.

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