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Retail sales slip back 1 per cent as fashion stores weather April showers

The wettest April on record "washed away" sales of summer clothing and footwear, it emerged yesterday, leaving retailers hoping for a revival in their fortunes from the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games.

Clinton Cards in turnaround struggle

Embattled retailer's chief completes review after failed bid to sell company

First victims of MF Global paid out

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has made its first payout to victims of the collapse of MF Global. It has paid £130,000 to customers of the broking firm after receiving more than 4,000 claims from victims. However, it did not reveal how many of these were accounted for in the first payout.

ETX Capital in talks to buy crisis-hit WorldSpreads

ETX Capital is in exclusive negotiations to buy its collapsed spread-betting rival WorldSpreads. Talks have been ongoing over the weekend and a deal is likely to be announced within the next 24 hours.

ETX poised to swoop on its collapsed rival WorldSpreads

Deal likely to be announced in next 24 hours after weekend negotiations

Administrators find £13m black hole in WorldSpreads accounts

Customers of a spread betting firm are likely to be left seeking compensation after an estimated £13 million black hole in its accounts was revealed today.

Banks 'set for more job losses'

Further job losses in the banking sector are on the way, a report said today, after the eurozone debt crisis, compensation costs and higher taxes slashed the combined profits of the UK's five biggest banks.

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After scandal, Swiss come clean with a new governor

The uproar over his wife's currency dealings may have cost Swiss National Bank governor Philipp Hildebrand his job, but the auditors have at least given his likely successor Thomas Jordan a clean bill of health.

Shops struggle but bright for food

Hopes that the high street has turned the corner were dashed yesterday as retailers posted another fall in underlying sales.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill buys Peacocks

The Scottish clothing group Edinburgh Woollen Mill has acquired the fashion chain Peacocks out of administration, saving 6,000 jobs.

3,100 jobs lost but Peacocks is saved

More than 3,000 jobs were lost today after ailing fashion chain Peacocks was sold out of administration.

'End big four's domination of listed audit market' call

The major challengers to the big four accountants have told the Competition Commission (CC) that the audit market for listed companies must be opened up for the good of British business.

Sir Stelios set to vote against easyJet directors

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou set the scene for a stormy annual general meeting of easyJet next Thursday as the company's founder saidhe would vote against there-election of a string ofdirectors and its pay report.

Peacocks: Budget fashion chain is set to go into administration after failing to restructure its £600m debts

New fears for jobs at Peacocks

Thousands of staff at collapsed retailer Peacocks were facing further uncertainty today after it was reported that only one company remains in the race to salvage the firm.

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