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Retailers report dire pre-Christmas results

DSGi and Home Retail say shoppers waited for the sales

Currys and PC World report drop in sales

Currys and PC World owner DSG International today revealed a 10 per cent drop in quarterly sales after shoppers put off purchases until after Christmas.

Fiery week ahead for Curry's boss as he reveals Christmas figures

Further pressure is likely to be heaped on John Browett, the chief executive of the struggling electronics chain DSG, if City expectations of a disastrous Christmas trading period are confirmed this week.

Tesco expected to lag behind three big rivals

Tesco, the world's third-largest retailer, is expected to post its worst UK festive sales for a number of years on Tuesday, although many other big retail names are expected to unveil far worse figures next week.

Yule Catto latest to scrap its dividend to save cash

Yule Catto, the chemical group, is the latest UK company to scrap its dividend in the face of economic uncertainty and the need to conserve cash.

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Comet reports losses of £8.1m

Electrical goods chain Comet piled on the misery for the UK retail sector today after crashing to first-half losses of £8.1 million.

Stourton 'shattered' to be told he's lost his 'Today' job - by a reporter

The broadcaster Ed Stourton said he was "shattered" yesterday after being told that his contract as a regular presenter of the BBC's Today programme will end next year.

The high street's last fling

Some retailers are seeing better than expected Christmas sales, but most don't think it will last. James Thompson reports

Peacocks hit as credit insurer cuts back cover for suppliers

Fashion chain insists affected suppliers account for small amount of stock

Landlords demand relief on buy-to-let mortgages

Struggling tenants could be turfed out if scheme is not extended

Miserable staff... grotty goods... no wonder stores fail

Revealed at last – the retailers' anti-customer service manual we all suspected was under the counter

Jeremy Warner: Retailers face up to a slimline future

Outlook First housebuilding, now retailers. After banking, these are the industries in the front line of the deepening economic and financial crisis, though there are plenty of others fast following up the rear. Perhaps oddly, no major housebuilder has yet gone bust, but in retailing they are already dropping like flies. Woolies may be the biggest and most iconic name to have bitten the dust so far, but it is only the outsized tip of the iceberg. Scores of smaller retail chains have been forced to quit the high street over the past year.

Retailers plunged into gloom by scale of global slowdown in consumer spending

Dire sales figures from Currys and B&Q follow collapse of Woolworths

Administrators trawl through wreckage of Woolworths

Administrators were today sifting through the wreckage of Woolworths on another day of misery for the UK retail sector.

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