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.

Cash-strapped single mum from Essex wins £1.6m

A week ago single mother Julie Styles was facing mounting money worries - today she is celebrating winning £1.6 million on the lottery.

Royal designer could boost Debenhams

Debenhams is counting on a Royal boost from the Duchess of Cambridge this summer, after the department store chain increased half-year profits and sales by a sliver.

Debenhams outsources call centre

More than 200 jobs are at risk at the retailer Debenhams' call centre in Somerset, which it will outsource to keep up with growing call volumes from its online operation.

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If you're going to complain that religion is becoming "marginal", as Baroness Warsi did yesterday, it's genius to do it when you're a member of the Cabinet on a visit to the Pope. Maybe Warsi said to him, "For example, your Holiness, look how these days you're tucked away in a backstreet in Rome which hardly even shows up on the A to Z."

British Land keeps soaring as its rivals struggle

British Land has opened the gap in London's skyscraper race as it forges ahead with its £1.1bn development programme in the capital, its chief executive, Chris Grigg, said yesterday.

Tea drinking becoming a mug's game

Retailers have warned that the cornerstone of British social manners, the teapot, is dying out.

Royal Retriever: Poke a bit of fun at royal fever with this bright Ben de Lisi red cushion
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Window Shopping: In the doghouse

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There isn't anything subtle about this retro vase from Jasmineway but if you are looking for a statement vase, this is the one for you.

Debenhams bucks festive sales trend

Debenhams staked its claim to be one of the Christmas winners in the retail sector by posting a 6.5 per cent leap in underlying festive sales.

Millions set for Boxing Day sales

Millions of shoppers are expected to hit Britain's high streets tomorrow to work off their Christmas dinners while enjoying the Boxing Day sales.

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