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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.

Ultimo gets extra lift from its sponsors

When Britain's women unwrap their Christmas presents on Sunday, there's a good chance they'll find some lingerie, judging by the latest sales from Ultimo.

Irisa axes 100 jobs and closes high street shops

More than 100 jobs have been axed at the fashion group Irisa after its new private equity owners revealed plans to close nearly a third of its High Street shops.

Christmas gift guide: Guaranteed to make her smile

Whether you want to blow the budget or mind the pennies, there's a stylish, sophisticated gift for the lady in your life

1. Tiffany floor lamp: Villaverde, £2,495. This beautifully refined floor lamp is made with Murano glass. 020 7610 9797, villaverdeltd.com

New Newbury scheme 'last before 2013'

The last new shopping scheme to open before 2013 begins trading this week in Newbury, west Berkshire.

The UK high street is 'alive and well', Debenhams says

Retailer has stores in 25 countries. It plans to double its franchise shops abroad over five years

Debenhams plans stores expansion

The new boss of department store chain Debenhams insisted the UK high street was "alive and well" today as he announced plans to modernise a further 25 stores and open nine new outlets over the next four years.

Colour clash your home

Designer Laura Olivia on her riotous hues

Susie Rushton: Holiday reading is hard work

My best holiday memories aren't of sunsets or dolphin sightings but of wallowing in the shallow end of a swimming pool, giant inflatable ring wrapped around my middle, my face shaded by a fat paperback. I can't brag about the quantity of my beach reading like some: I'm slow, easily distracted, and usually only notch up two novels over a fortnight's break even while my hungrier holiday companions tear through one Penguin Classic after another.

Boy, 11, youngest at riot court

An 11-year-old boy was among scores of rioters and looters to appear before magistrates today.

500 Jane Norman jobs at risk of axe

Nearly 500 jobs are hanging by a thread after the department store Debenhams terminated its concession agreement with the fashion retailer Jane Norman.

At home with Betty Jackson

The iconic fashion designer shares interior tips, colour advice and a few home truths with Annie Deakin.
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