News Sales on Oxford Street in the run-up to Christmas reveal retailers' worries

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.

Poundstretcher buys Alworths

Poundstretcher has stepped in to salvage Alworths, dubbed the "son of Woolworths", which tumbled into administration in March.

Kate and Wills effect produces cucumber spike

Hard-pressed Britain celebrates The Wedding with a £500m splurge on all things patriotic

Sales of shorts soar – but do we wear them well?

The recent spell of hot weather has sent British men to the shops in record numbers, report James Buckley and Lauren Allain

Business Diary: Where have all the men gone?

Our congratulations to the 16 personal assistants named yesterday on the shortlist for the Hays PA of the Year Award.

Retailers report struggling profits

The fragile state of the UK economic recovery was underlined today after Halfords and Carpetright served a double dose of retail woe.

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Kate Watson-Smyth cooks up a culinary shopping list for gadget-loving foodies

Market Report: Victrex benefits from takeover spotlight

The prospect of Victrex becoming a bid target was highlighted yesterday as positive broker comments helped the high-tech plastics company to surge up the mid-tier index.

John Lewis raises £50m in bonds

John Lewis Partnership, the group behind the eponymous department store and grocer Waitrose, has reached its target of raising £50m through a bond issue more than three weeks ahead of its final deadline.

Debenhams posts resilient half-year profits figures

Debenhams moved closer to reinstating its dividend yesterday after it posted a resilient set of half-year sales and profits, despite the dire weather before Christmas and lower footfall on the high street since early January.

John Lewis plans online deliveries in 27 countries

John Lewis is looking to extend its online home-delivery service to 27 countries, including the US and Australia, by August, the group behind the department-store chain said yesterday as it delivered a 20 per cent jump in pre-tax profits.

John Lewis profits fund 18% staff bonuses

Thousands of John Lewis partners were today celebrating a bonus windfall worth nearly two months' pay as the company defied a gloomy spell for retailers.

David Prosser: The bankers are fighting back everywhere you look

It is becoming clearer by the day that Bob Diamond meant exactly what he said when he told MPs thetime for remorse from bankers was over

John Lewis tipped to post £350m profit and increase staff bonus

Market waits for updates on retailer's expansion plans and on Morrisons chief's new strategy

John Lewis staff set for bonus windfall

Employees at the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) are expected to toast an annual bonus payment of at least 15 per cent of salary when the retail group unveils its full-year results on Wednesday.

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