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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.

Debenhams sent alarm bells ringing across the High Street

Debenhams shares crash as department store giant blames snow for profit warning

Retailer says like-for-like sales slumped by 10% during the 'snow-affected period'

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Marks & Spencer suffers fashion sales slump

Marks & Spencer failed to pull in new year sales shoppers, with reports suggesting it lost ground to rivals Primark and Zara.

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How To Be Beautiful: Put your neck on the line

Pity your neck – it's a part of the body that gets little attention while it's in its prime. It's only when indelible creases start to form that you begin to study it in the mirror, realising that here's another part of your body on which to track the passage of time. It's then, too, that you look at models and envy the smooth skin on their throats as much as their svelte thighs.

Price cutting dents Debenhams sales record

Debenhams has become the latest of the big department store chains to post record Christmas sales, boosted by a surge in online revenues.

Debenhams hailed its best ever December performance today after ramping up pre-Christmas discounting

Online surge helps Debenhams to Christmas record - but markets still disappointed

Debenhams has become the latest of the big department store chains to post record Christmas sales, boosted by a surge in online revenues.

Debenhams clocks up record December sales

Department store Debenhams hailed its best ever December performance today after ramping up pre-Christmas discounting to attract cost-conscious shoppers.

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A wing and a prayer: angels should top our festive trees

For more than a century it took pride of place – a shining harbinger of joy atop the verdant emblem of Yuletide. But now after many years languishing unloved and forgotten in the nation's lofts, the Christmas angel is staging a comeback against the creeping ubiquity of the star.Yesterday it was announced that one of the country's leading department store chains is leading a Twitter and Facebook campaign to save the angel – a tradition which became popular in the wake of the Germanisation of the British Christmas in the 19th century.

The 10 Best remote-control toys

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The 10 Best children's coats

Keep the kids warm as the mercury drops this winter with 10 cosy, cute, and stylish jackets

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

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The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

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Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

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DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

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Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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