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Bolland vows to boost M&S sales by 25 per cent

Marc Bolland, the chief executive of Marks & Spencer, has vowed to increase the retailer's sales by up to a quarter over the next three years by opening new UK and overseas stores, ramping up its online business and overhauling its brands.

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Hamptons provides further sign of buy-to-let weakness

Further signs of weakness in the once-frenzied buy-to-let market emerged yesterday as figures from Hamptons, the estate agent, showed a sharp fall in the sector's share of purchase mortgages (mortgages to buy houses).