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Laundry business boosts Photo-Me

Argos parent sees profits £20m higher than forecast

Home Retail Group upgraded its full-year profit forecasts yesterday after reporting robust Christmas trading, but warned that lower-income customers at Argos are continuing to feel the chill winds of the economic downturn.

Tesco's results to show strong festive sales

The strength of Britain's high street over the festive period will be revealed this week when some of the country's biggest retailers including Tesco, Primark, Argos and others, report to the market.

Investment Column: Yield is what makes listless Drax a buy

Home Retail Group; Telford Homes

Lovering set to leave Debenhams in 2010

John Lovering, chairman of the department store company Debenhams, is expected to say that he is to step down next year when the group announces its full-year results on Thursday.

Boss of struggling DIY chain Focus pocketed £900,000 last year

Bill Grimsey, the chief executive of Focus, received total pay of nearly £900,000 last year as the DIY retailer was fighting for survival, although his remuneration was boosted by hefty back payments.

Homebase and Comet signal revival

Upbeat news on sales of big-ticket items from three of the UK's biggest retailers yesterday supports recent data that consumer spending and the housing market are close to recovery.

Argos owner suffers large protest vote amid anger over bonuses

HRG anger on pay follow votes at Shell, Next and WPP

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Spring sunshine drives strong sales rebound at Home Retail's Homebase

Home Retail Group's Homebase chain basked in its first uplift in underlying sales for two years in the 13 weeks to 30 May, as the balmy spring weather drove soaring sales of seasonal products, but its catalogue giant Argos remains under the cloud of falling sales.

Can we really say that the recession is over?

Growth may be returning, but unemployment isn't going away. Sean O'Grady reports

The Week Ahead: Hope of seasonal Homebase sales boost

HomeRetail Groupis forecast to follow in the footsteps of peers and deliver a positive first quarter update this Thursday, with analysts looking forward to news of stronger sales at the company’s Homebase chain.

The A-Z of expenses

Amol Rajan reveals how MPs have been spending taxpayers' money – from an Asda pizza to the Zetter Hotel

IoS cultivates a bumper crop

Our campaign helps 50,000 pupils nurture their own fruit and veg

Homebase set for another year of DIY retail gloom

Home Retail Group has forecast another year of double-digit falling sales at its DIY chain, Homebase, as it battles against dire trading conditions in the wider home improvement market.

Hanging tough: How the retail sector is weathering the storm

Despite some high-profile casualties and a spate of job losses, the retail sector is surviving – even thriving in places. Best of all, says Rob Cowen, demand remains high for staff with the right skills
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