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Shop prices fell at their fastest rate on record in December, in a sign of intense competition on the high street over the crucial Christmas trading period.

Hobbs sale looks unlikely as finance director departs

The finance director of Hobbs is leaving the fashion retailer, dampening speculation that the private-equity-backed chain will be put up for sale in the near future.

Sports Direct employs nine out of 10 of staff on 'zero-hour contracts'

UK's biggest sports retailer keeps 20,000 employees on 'casual terms' with no guarantee of work

Waitrose basks in heat but John Lewis is in a sweat as sales fall

Waitrose today toasted booming sales, as shoppers took advantage of the heatwave and stocked up on champagne, sausages and charcoal for alfresco dining.

Eurovison boosts Waitrose's profits thanks to sales of meatballs and Danish pastries

If you’re going to stay in for an evening of cheesy pop, camp presenters and political voting à la Eurovision, you  may as well munch on the continent’s finest cuisine.

Calls grow for Dimon to ditch one of his roles at JP Morgan

A second shareholder advisory firm has said that investors in JP Morgan should vote for a non-binding proposal to split Jamie Dimon's responsibilities and appoint an independent chairman.

John Lewis and Waitrose staff celebrate the 17 per cent bonus

85,000 John Lewis and Waitrose staff celebrate 17 per cent bonus after record profits

Nearly 85,000 staff at the group behind the John Lewis and Waitrose chains celebrated a bumper bonus of 17 per cent today after barnstorming Christmas trading delivered record profits.

The John Lewis Partnership is owned by its 84,700 employees

John Lewis and Waitrose staff set for 15% bonus as chain returns to profits growth

John Lewis and Waitrose staff are set for bonuses worth 15% of their salaries tomorrow as the retail chain marks a return to profits growth.

John Lewis staff to get eight-week bonus

The John Lewis Partnership is expected to hand its staff a bonus worth more than eight weeks' pay this week and to outline plans to further turn the screws on Middle England rival Marks & Spencer.

Bonuses up at John Lewis after bumper year

John Lewis Partnership is expected to reward staff with an increased bonus of up to 16 per cent of their salary next week after a strong rebound in its annual profits.

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Snow hits John Lewis's sales

Snow-hit John Lewis worries Britain's retailers

John Lewis sounded the alarm bell for Britain’s retailers today when it warned snow had hit sales.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 19 January 2013

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