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The Dutch designer Twan Verdonck has something to say. The artist, who has had works displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, has launched a new project called "We Are Numbers", which is about consumerism, identity and fashion.

Slump, what slump? Sales soar to £750m at Harrods

Harrods delivered record sales and an uplift in pre-tax profits last year, despite Britain going through one of the worst recessions in living memory.

Couple with the Midas touch open new concessions

Annoushka Ducas and John Ayton, the couple who sold Links of London for £50m two years ago, are defying the recession and opening their new jewellery concessions in 11 shops this Wednesday.

Jackson death starts 'long legal battle'

Michael Jackson's death will be the start of a long series of legal battles, his lawyer said today.

The high life: Harrods moves even further up in the world

Mohamed al-Fayed, the Egyptian entrepreneur, is to take his Harrods brand even further upmarket when the store joins The Luxury Network later this month. For £50,000 a year, premium brands, including yachtmaker Sunseeker and alcohol group Moët Hennessy, become part of an elite group which swaps marketing ideas and business links.

Mohamed Al Fayed: FA and Premier League run by 'donkeys'

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has moved to quash rumours that he is looking to sell the club and lambasted the FA and Premier League for the financial hardship facing many clubs.

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Mohamed Al Fayed today launched an attack on how police handled a sexual assault allegation against him after learning he will not face charges.

Harrods chief executive leaves after less than a year

The chief executive of Harrods has left the iconic London department store after less than a year in the role.

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Has the credit crunch reached even Harrods? It's not often the superior Knightsbridge store provides a cut-price option but, in these straitened times, they're offering money-saving Monets and reduced Renoirs.

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