News Another storming performance from the value fashion chain Primark

Primark saw a 14 per cent increase in sales in the 16 weeks to 4 January

Market Report: China news caps off a decidedly sober start to the year

They say that when the US sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold. The same could easily said about China, which yesterday spooked global markets by publishing disappointing economic data.

The 10 best Christmas jumpers

Subtle they're not, but these bright and bold festive pullovers will get you and your family (and maybe even the dog) in the Christmas spirit

Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk amid ruins of buildings in Maraboth, Philippines

Whether it’s Typhoon Haiyan or Rana Plaza, why are some victims more worthy than others?

For victims of disaster, the nightmare doesn’t end when the media averts its gaze

Market Report: To value AB Foods, you must look at the sum of its parts... the 'jewel' isPrimark

The City can be fickle, and after falling out of love with cheap clothes to bread maker Associated British Foods on Tuesday, yesterday the love affair was back on.

Primark unlikely to continue with Asos online collaboration

The boss of Primark’s parent company has hinted that a trial to sell its clothes through online fashion retailer Asos is unlike to continue.

Investment View: Where to put your money on an early Christmas cracker

If you own a shopping centre in Europe it's logical to want to have a Primark there

Intu makes £101m shops foray in brave Spanish step

The company has joined Canada’s CPPIB pension fund on the deal

The Fashion Audit: Birthday boots, flash feet, Panama pics and dressing up Disney

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Bangladeshi factory disasters: Leading retailers shun summit on sweatshops

'Nine out of the 28 brands' supplied by the Rana Plaza factory went to the meeting

Retailers in talks over cash for factory victims

Some of the biggest high street clothes retailers have met in Geneva to discuss providing up to €54m (£45m) compensation to the victims of two garment factory disasters in Bangladesh and improving safety.

Sweet and sour … Primark stars for ABF while sugar prices look sticky

The discount fashion chain Primark is outperforming its peers but sugar is starting to look a bit sticky, Associated British Foods said yesterday.

Primark stars but sugar not so sweet for ABF

Primark is outperforming its peers but sugar looks a bit sticky, Associated British Foods said today.

Nick Goodway: Teenagers move markets, so the all-new New Look had better stay well clear

Outlook Three years ago my then teenage daughters helped to scupper New Look's planned stock market flotation. I had applied the highly scientific Dad's credit card test. Choose a store, enter it when it opened on a Saturday morning and rendezvous with your Pater at the checkout 30 minutes later.

The ruins of the Bangladeshi factory which produced clothes for budget fashion chain Primark

Primark: Prospering despite a tragedy

Shoppers haven't lost their taste for for the company's clothes, even after a factory producing them collapsed and killed 1.127 people

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