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Billionaire businessman Mike Ashley left the City baffled last night about a highly complex derivatives deal that was revealed on one of the busiest days in the retail calendar.

DB Apparel, maker of the Shock Absorber range famously advertised by Anna Kournikova with the tag-line 'only the ball should bounce', has been accused of breaching anti-competition laws with three major department stores

OFT accuses retail giants of fixing price of sports bras

John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser have been accused of price fixing Britain’s most popular sports bras by the Office of Fair Trading following a year-long investigation.

Shorts, flip-flops and online keep Debenhams growing

Strong online sales made up for a fall in shoppers coming through Debenhams’ doors, according to the department store’s latest figures.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale: Bale had been waiting for his dream move to Madrid for months but took ingratiation to new levels in the run-up to the deal by dressing like new teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo. Here they sport matching T-shirts, sunglasses and backwards caps

Dressed the same as a colleague? It’s a twin-twin situation for your career trajectory

Mirroring the ‘office style’ can help you fit in, a new study shows, and dressing like the boss can be a great benefit

Tailor-made for all pockets

Patrick Grant-meets-Debenhams is a fashion love story. By Lee Holmes

Tailor-made for all pockets: Patrick Grant meets Debenhams?

It’s a fashion love story, says Lee Holmes

Devil's in the detail: model wears Edie black tunic dress £155, blondeandginger.com

iStyle: Blonde Ambition

Exclusivity without the expense - Blonde + Ginger is one to add to your shopping list, says Emma Akbareian

Debenhams to post sales rise amid tough times

The department store chain Debenhams will this week warn that the fashion sector has endured tough early summer trading, although it is still expected to have grown sales.

The bottom line: Underwear you won't be ashamed to hang out to dry

(From left to right) 1. Clara whispering briefs, £48, stellamccartney.com

The 10 Best sports earphones

Whether you’re hitting the gym to the Boss you or pounding the pavements to J-Lo, we’ve got the perfect pair for the job.

Two men have been found guilty of raping a 14-year-old boy in this Debenhams store in Manchester

Two men found guilty of raping 14-year-old boy in Manchester Debenhams

Judge says Alex Wilson-Fletcher and Abdelkader El-Janabi can expect substantial jail terms

Bad weather hits Debenhams' profits but store puts confidence in new clothing ranges

Debenhams today pledged that Britain's second-biggest department store chain would make progress over the rest of the year after first-half profits were hit by the snow in January.

Top Hat by Stephen Jones at Debenhams

The crowning glory

Milliner Stephen Jones has worked with an impressive roster of designers, but his next stop is the high street, says Gemma Hayward

Business week in review

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Market Report: Chill winds blow through retail sector

The already shaky high street was dealt a fresh blow yesterday as UBS downgraded the entire European retail sector in a note titled "Running out of steam". Analysts said that while the markets are rallying, it means it's harder for retailers to outperform.

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