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Out-of-town fashion and homeware retailer Matalan today hailed its Christmas television advert as it revealed a surge in sales in the run-up to the festive period.

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The fashion retailer New Look yesterday laid bare the depth of its annus horribilis in 2010 that saw its pre-tax profits evaporate after a series of self-inflicted wounds on pricing, fashion ranges and cost controls.

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New Look close to hiring ex-Matalan boss as chair

New Look is on the verge of hiring Alistair McGeorge, the former chief executive of Matalan, as its chairman at a turbulent time for the fashion retailer.

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The discount fashion retailer Matalan is poised to hire Darren Blackhurst, a former executive at Asda, as its new chief executive.

Big Buck's bestrides day of twists in form and fortunes

If this was a mere overture, then what kind of crescendo might conceivably be achieved here tomorrow? Within a couple of hours Aintree had saluted perhaps the best performance yet from the most accomplished hurdler of recent seasons, in Big Buck's; and a ride of astounding precocity over the National fences by a schoolboy of just 16. In between, moreover, Denman had been beaten out of sight behind Nacarat – whose success, in turn, provided timely succour for his jockey, Paddy Brennan. Timely, that is, not merely because it was only days ago that he quit his position as stable jockey to Nigel Twiston-Davies; but also because the adolescent who promptly won the John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase showed exactly why things were only going to become more awkward in his old job.

Deep Purple looks ready to rock old star Denman

Back to Liverpool, then, and all its familiar conundrums. For one thing, Saturday's big race so consumes public imagination that some of the best jumpers in training tend to find themselves brusquely neglected in the build-up. The meeting opens today, for instance, with a rematch between Big Buck's and Grands Crus, responsible for one of the most absorbing hurdle races of recent seasons at Cheltenham last month. Later on the card, Denman will be offering further proof of his amazing longevity, having just finished runner-up in the Gold Cup for the third time since his 2008 success.

Founder takes reins at New Look as CEO exits

The chief executive and chairman of New Look are both quitting, following a dire year during which the company pulled a £1.8bn flotation, faced a damning investigation by Channel 4, posted tumbling sales and suffered disruption by moving head office staff from Weymouth to London.

All aboard: Hargreaves to relaunch Wolsey brand

The chairman of Matalan, John Hargreaves, is reviving menswear brand Wolsey and is planning to open a shop in London's Covent Garden later this year.

Matalan sales slither as snow keeps buyers away

Matalan, the fashion and homewares retailer, suffered a sharp fall in sales over Christmas after the heavy snow hampered shoppers' efforts to reach its out-of-town stores.

The Hut starts buying spree ahead of next year's flotation

Online retailer The Hut Group is targeting a potential flotation in the spring after completing the latest in a series of acquisitions last week.

Webcast: How to turn a market stall into a business

Watch our web TV show for the best tips on setting up your own market stall and making it the stepping stone to business success.

Primark and M&S plan store expansion drive

Primark, the discount fashion chain, is to turn the screws on its clothing rival Marks & Spencer in the crucial festive trading period by opening six new UK stores before Christmas.

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