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Fears for Game as supplier stalls over credit

Fresh concerns were raised over Game Group's future yesterday, after a leading games company refused to supply it with its latest products over concerns about its creditworthiness.

Darwin battles to secure Fenn Wright Manson survival

Fenn Wright Manson, the premium women's fashion chain, is battling to safeguard its future just 17 months after it was acquired by a private equity firm.

Fears over Game's future after leading supplier refuses to deliver new release

Fresh concerns were raised over Game Group's future yesterday, after a leading games company refused to supply it with its latest products over concerns about its creditworthiness.

Clothes shops report poor sales performance

Clothes stores reported their worst performance for nearly three years this month despite signs of better trading for other retailers.

Legal wrangle throws spotlight on food labelling

A High Court judgment last week reopened the debate about product 'use-by' dates, to the dismay of some campaigners

January hangover signals yet another tough year for high street

Retailers suffered a fall in underlying sales last month and the second-worst January of trading since the mid-1990s, hitting them with a "sobering" start to what is expected to be another "tough year".

Buyer Clare Stansfield among her wares at Rellik

Vintage Clothing: 'When I was 14, I swore I'd never wear high street clothes again...'

Vintage clothing first stretched its wings as an ethical antidote to the high street's fast fashion initiatives. It was a cost-effective alternative for those who appreciated quality, as well as value and originality.

Album: Wire, The Black Session (Pink Flag)

A live album culled from a Parisian show last May, The Black Session finds Wire switching between tracks from their recent Red Barked Tree album and old favourites.

Urban hang-outfitters: Inside the chain's new store in Newcastle

Bright Sparks: Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters may have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but it's still one of the loudest and proudest personalities on the high street, says Harriet Walker

Offloading Comet will cost Kesa extra after trading setback

A post-Christmas collapse at Comet will cost parent company Kesa Electricals up to £15m more than it thought to get the retailer off its hands.

Quote of the day: Jace Tyrrell

Exodus from high streets as retailers shut up shop

Slew of leases coming up for renewal sparks new warning of closures over next three years

TV and electricals shops boosted as price rules are revamped

The competition watchdog has given the UK's troubled electricals sector a pre-Christmas boost by unveiling plans to ditch a 13-year-old regulation that prevents suppliers of products such as TVs or washing machines from recommending resale prices to retailers and wholesalers.

Pre-Christmas retail uplift 'won't last'

A spate of early discounting has helped retailers attract shoppers before Christmas, but the uplift is not expected to last into the new year, a survey revealed today.

Mary Portas proposes 'town teams' to save high streets

A third of high streets are "degenerating or failing" according to new research published by the Government today.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003