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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.

HMV stakes its future on technology as sales slump

Fears for HMV intensified yesterday after a "disappointing and unsatisfactory" year saw profits slump more than 60 per cent and analysts failed to back the management's turnaround plan.

Knitwear firm eases pain of Jane Norman collapse

The administrator to Jane Norman has sold a third of the troubled women's fashion chain's stores to Edinburgh Woollen Mill, saving at least 396 jobs.

Nearly 400 Jane Norman jobs to go

Nearly 400 staff at fashion retailer Jane Norman are to lose their jobs after administrators failed to find a buyer for 33 stores.

Jane Norman is latest casualty of retail gloom

Jane Norman became the latest high-street name to collapse into administration yesterday amid dire conditions for Britain's retailers.

Fascin-hater! Cheap replicas infuriate hat man Philip Treacy

Milliner behind the fascinator revival lays into high street imitations

Edinburgh Woollen Mill in shock Jane Norman bid

Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) is a surprise bidder for troubled women’s fashion chain Jane Norman, which is likely to be sold over the next 72 hours.

Debenhams bids for stock and brand of Jane Norman

Debenhams yesterday tabled a bid to acquire the stock and brand of the troubled women's fashion retailer Jane Norman, as the latter faces a huge quarterly rent payment tomorrow.

Jane Norman in rescue talks with Sun and Better Capital

Private equity investors join negotiations to take over beleaguered fashion retailer

The Bargain Hunter: Dash into Debenhams

The Debenhams summer sale started last week with half price discounts on thousands of items in store and online. The best selling items so far seem to be in the childrenswear and children's toys departments, although there are plenty of items that'll interest mum and dad too. Better still, there's free delivery and returns on everything in the UK and fairly low international delivery rates too. There's no end date for the sale yet but stocks are likely to disappear fast, so be quick.

Jane Norman fights Baugur's legacy to the high street

Two years after the Icelandic investor imploded many UK companies are still reeling. James Thompson reports

Lenders ask PwC to sell troubled Jane Norman

Jane Norman has kicked off a process to sell the young fashion chain after a troubled few years.

The Business On... Rob Templeman, chairman-elect, British Retail Consortium

Isn't he busy with the day job?

The Bargain Hunter: Making a splash with an eco-friendly shower head

We're kicking off with an exclusive discount this week courtesy of Ecocamel, the specialist in energy-efficient bathrooms. Until June 4, Bargain Hunter readers will receive a 25 per cent discount on the brand new Jetstorm shower head – a fantastic product which, if used by a typical family of four, could save them 56,000 litres of water per year and reduce their annual energy bill by up to £240. The shower head normally costs about £50 but readers entering the discount code EC2 on the Ecocamel website can buy one for just £37.45. For more details about the Jetstorm or to make your purchase visit www.ecocamel.com.

Bath and Wakefield: Magical museums

Two striking new galleries in Bath and Wakefield are beacons for daring, ambitious architecture – even in an age of financial cutbacks, says Jay Merrick

West End shops to enjoy £50m boost

The royal wedding is set to give shops in London's West End a £50 million boost, it was revealed today.

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