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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in the Marks and Spencer's Christmas ad

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Chief executive Marc Bolland has yet to report a successful Christmas sales period

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By the time traders headed off after just four hours of trading to start celebrating – or commiserating – the end of an exciting year for stocks, the retail sector was already nursing sore heads thanks to Debenhams.

M&S plans flash sale as public waits later than ever to shop

Marks & Spencer has joined retailers trying to lure shoppers on to the high street before Christmas with plans for a flash sale across its stores tomorrow.

M&S toy packaging to be gender neutral

The retailer said it had been planning the move for months

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Punters were taking the lead from Sports Direct chiefs yesterday as they dumped the retailer’s shares. Investors decided that the chief executive and finance director of the sportswear chain must know a thing or two about when to sell. Last week it emerged chief executive Dave Forsey and finance director Bob Mellors cashed out their bonus scheme options. The shares edged back on Friday but yesterday the stock bore the brunt of investors’ change of heart and it was the worst faller on the FTSE 100.

Comedy review: Joe Lycett: If Joe Lycett Then You Should Have Put A Ring On It

Last year a frivolous, flawed, but loveable debut hour show, Some Lycett Hot, secured 24-year-old Joe Lycett a nomination for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Lycett's follow up show again brings the big puns out, but suffers from its unashamedly effete approach.

Improve your office with some easy steps

Why not try leading group meditation or introducing sensory objects?

Acid attack survivor Katie Piper is pregnant with her first child

The model and philanthropist is 'beyond excited' at the prospect of having a baby

Supermarket gas leak prompts evacuations in Southampton

One person was taken to hospital and 61 others were treated by paramedics when gas from a leaking refrigerator forced the evacuation of two supermarkets.

Model wears: Sweater £350, studionicholson.com; sequinned skirt £250, Topshop Unique, topshop.com; heels: £292.50, pedrogarcia.com; clutch bag: £45, coast-stores.com

A rose by any other name

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Marks & Spencer grouse could be a game-changer when it comes to seasonal eating

The start of the football season may have got progressively earlier, but this signal of autumn's approach has not moved

Market Report: Marks & Spencer on Citi's shopping list

We are richer, there are more jobs and we are saving less, so we must be shopping more. Analysts at Citi think "material upgrades to the UK economic growth" will benefit retailers. This coupled with "management initiatives" make high street stalwart Marks & Spencer a more attractive company than before.

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