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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 to expand after profits surge

Debenhams is to step up its expansion overseas and online after delivering an uplift in annual profits, although the retailer remains gloomy about UK consumer spending.

Autumn chill to give Debenhams a fillip

Customers stocking up on winter woolies set to bolster chain's profits

Russia is next stop for UK shops

Debenhams leads way into what's set to be Europe's biggest market
Police released CCTV images yesterday in a bid to track down the two rape suspects

Hunt for men after boy raped in Debenhams department store

Police appeal for help after victim was grabbed in daylight at a busy Manchester mall

Handout CCTV images issued by Greater Manchester Police of two men wanted for questioning after a 14-year-old boy was raped in a department store toilet in the Arndale centre in Manchester city centre

Boy aged 14 abducted and raped in store's toilet

Police have issued CCTV images of two men who are wanted for questioning after a 14-year-old boy was raped in a department store toilet.

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Marks & Spencer shakes up top team as non-food sales fall

Marks & Spencer's worst trading performance for three years triggered a boardroom casualty today after its womenswear range failed to strike a chord with shoppers.

Debenhams woos Germans

Debenhams has launched its first foreign language website in Europe's biggest economy, Germany, to capitalise on the "Britishness" of its brand ahead of the Olympics.

We love: The finer things - This new, online-only British brand offers beautiful fine jewellery from delicate every-day designs to expensive one-off pieces. Price range from £100 to £7,000, (pictured necklace £120, bracelet £120) tomassa.com

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Debenhams shakes off a soggy start with boost from Jubilee

Debenhams said yesterday the Diamond Jubilee had helped it deliver trading ahead of City expectations but the department store chain warned that the high street had not been able to recoup the clothing sales lost to the early summer's wet weather.

Shafilea Ahmed's sister stands by statement

Shafilea Ahmed's sister has told a jury that her parents played no part in the teenager's death.

Undercover officer Bob Lambert 'bombed shop'

Ministers have been urged to investigate claims that an undercover police officer who had infiltrated a group of animal rights extremists planted a fire bomb in a department store.

Debbie Bridgman received only £2,000 of £4,000 stolen due to excess clauses

Travellers put on alert over high insurance excess

Holidaymakers who have to claim on their travel insurance this summer have been warned that they could end up severely out of pocket because some policies have very high excess levels hidden in the small print.

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