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.

Businesses urged to 'radically change' way they promote women

The Davies report calls on leading firms to fill one in four board positions with women by 2015 – or face compulsory quotas

John Lewis chief warns against rise in interest rates

John Lewis's managing director has urged the Bank of England not to raise interest rates amid retail fears over how a rate increase would affect consumer confidence.

John Lewis store boost for Birmingham

John Lewis is to build a new store next to one of the country's biggest railway stations, creating 650 jobs, it was announced today.

Waitrose to test foreign markets with far-flung franchise partners

Supermarket chain to capitalise on expat communities in South Africa, Australia and the Far East

Retail sales rebound as confidence returns

Retail sales rebounded strongly last month after heavy snowfall hit trading on the high street in December, but industry experts have warned that consumers face "serious headwinds" in the months ahead.

Market Report: Bid talk and profit hopes see Centrica charge up

Bullish comments on its profitability, coupled with continuing speculation of a takeover bid, helped Centrica power its way up the blue-chip index last night.

Fears of a double-dip recession fade as retail sales rise in January

Experts still expect a testing year ahead despite positive figures

John Lewis sees sales rise ahead of VAT increase

John Lewis has delivered its biggest weekly sales rise so far this financial year, as it benefited from a surge in shopper numbers ahead of the 4 January VAT rise.

House of Fraser bucks Christmas retail trend

Department store House of Fraser has beaten rival John Lewis by posting an 8.5 per cent rise in underlying sales over the festive period – the second year running it has broken records.

Celebrity chefs ensure home baking enjoys a big rise

Take two years of recession, add a fashion for cupcakes and the result is well-risen sales of home-baking equipment. Sales of bakeware have more than doubled over the past two years and decorating and icing products are up by about 70 per cent year on year.

Margareta Pagano: Stop blaming the weather and get your thermals on

The winners and losers on the high street

Austerity-hit retailers widen north-south gap

Stores look to ease pressure by concentrating on more affluent – and profitable – southern counties

Department store's sales soar by 7.6 per cent

The department store group John Lewis has emerged as one of the big winners of the Christmas battle on the high street after underlying sales soared 7.6 per cent over the past five weeks.

James Thompson: Doom and gloom – but the high street isn't dead yet

The Christmas trading period is the time when the City gets the chance to slot retailers into the winners and losers enclosure in terms of their trading performance.

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