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: Strength down the line gives Spirent a boost

With analysts predicting "top of the range" figures on Thursday, Spirent Communications found itself on the FTSE 250's leaderboard last night after it was praised for its potential to benefit from developments in the world of telecommunications.

Primark adds to fears of high street slowdown

Primark, the discount fashion chain, has warned of a "noticeable slowdown" in UK consumer demand since the start of 2011, posted its weakest underlying sales growth for at least five years yesterday.

Consumer demand slow down at Primark

More evidence of the squeeze on household budgets emerged today after the owner of Primark revealed a "noticeable" slowdown in UK consumer demand.

Primark to keep a lid on price rises as sales surge

Primark ratcheted up the pressure on rival retailers yesterday with a pledge to keep its prices down, even as other fashion chains warned of price increases to offset soaring costs.

Last Night's TV: Hattie/BBC4<br />Mary Portas: Secret Shopper/Channel 4

Hattie Jacques is cooking Christmas dinner for family and friends, and it's not going entirely well. One of the turkeys has been burned and, as Hattie is giving the gravy a stir, the ash from her jutting cigarette drops into the saucepan. "Don't tell anyone about the secret ingredient," she hisses at the friend standing next to her, and quickly stirs it in. The subject of Stephen Russell's biopic Hattie – the latest in a line of BBC4 dramas about the private lives of television's early public figures – was the rather more interesting secret ingredient that Hattie was about to add to her marriage a live-in lover called John Schofield, who displaced John Le Mesurier from the marital bed and sent him into glum exile in the attic.

Investors await news from pubs and shops

Beer sales will come into focus next week with updates from pub chain JD Wetherspoon and brewing giant SAB Miller.

Cinderella, King's Head, Islington, London<br/>Mozart Unwrapped, Kings Place, London

Rossini's panto-opera froths like a good pint, but Mozart is positively overflowing in 2011

British Land buys Drake Circus

British Land has bought the Drake Circus shopping centre in Plymouth, above, for £240m from David Ross's Kandahar Real Estate. The 425,000-square-foot shopping centre was the largest asset in the Kandahar property group runby Carphone Warehouse'sco-founder David Ross.

I tried for Becks. It was Milan and Prada or Sunderland and Primark

Steve Bruce tells Tim Rich about his bid for Beckham and why his young guns can come of age today

Primark store sets new sales record

The discount fashion chain Primark achieved record takings of more than £820,000 at its flagship store in the West End of London on Saturday.

Ready To Wear: Not the kind of shopping rush we all hope for

H&M/Lanvin fever descended in London last week with a ferocity not seen since grown women flattened one another at the opening of the Primark store in Oxford Street three years ago.

US fashion chain comes to London

The American fashion chain Forever 21 will open its first London branch in Oxford Street next year after acquiring the lease on a huge shop from the entertainment retailer HMV for nearly £14m. Forever 21 launched its first store in Birmingham's Bullring centre and in Dublin this month and hopes to create 100 outlets across Britain.

Will the arrival of Forever 21 make Sir Philip green with envy?

A hugely successful American clothing chain has arrived in Britain. Topshop and Primark should be worried. Carola Long reports

David Prosser: Damned if they do, and damned if they don't

Outlook Who would be a clothing retailer just now? Bad enough that the high street is right in the eye of the coming storm of the squeeze on consumer incomes, but retailers are also having to cope with surging input prices.

Sales tumble at New Look as the high street's resilience fades

The chief executive of New Look blamed the fashion retailer's sharpest fall in sales for two and a half years on the "deteriorating" trading conditions and the "disruption" caused by the relocation of staff from Weymouth to its London office this year.

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