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The Business Matrix: Monday 3 February 2014

Lloyds plans for women at the top

Ready, steady, glow! Colour-block accessories to give your winter look a lift

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Package Holidays: The seeds that will bring the taste of a Continental getaway to your plate

In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

The Business Matrix: Saturday 1 February 2014

Barclays ordered to hand over papers

Moleskine to open first UK stores in London

Italian luxury notebook maker Moleskine has picked Canary Wharf and Covent Garden for its first standalone UK stores.

American Apparel reveals 62-year-old Jacky O’Shaughnessy as underwear model

Retailer has been using Ms O’Shaughnessy in their campaigns since 2011

Tesco has removed a line of clothing featuring pictures of animals wearing glasses with the words 'nerd' and 'geek' underneath

Tesco removes 'nerd' and 'geek' clothes after complaint from mother of toddler with eye problems

Aneliese Whittaker complained range stereotyped people who wear spectacles

Superdrug pull plug on Celebrity Weight Scales launch following public backlash

The prototype allowed users to compare their size with that of famous faces  such as Cheryl Cole, Kate Middleton and Adele

John Lewis at Westfield shopping centre

John Lewis looks to cut final salary pension benefits for staff

John Lewis has decided against closing its final salary pension scheme, leaving it as one of the only retailers in the country that still offers new staff the gold-plated retirement payouts more commonly associated with politicians and civil servants.

Russian teacher 'kills friend in heated poetry versus prose argument'

Suspect stabbed his friend to death after victim insisted prose was superior as literary genre

Have self service checkouts made shoplifting easier?

Not placing items bagging area: Nearly one in five self-service supermarket customers steals goods

More than £1.6bn worth of groceries and other goods are being stolen every year by supermarket customers using self-service tills, according to a new survey.

Justin King gives up his crown as he quits Sainsbury’s ‘while I’m still on top’

Chief executive credited with restoring the supermarket’s fortunes waives £1.7m pay-off

Market Report: Investors pile in as Carphone Warehouse agrees deal with Samsung

Last year Carphone Warehouse hung up on its partnership with US retailer Best Buy, but today it picked up new partner Samsung and approving investors piled in.

Jim Armitage: Supermarkets better places to shop thanks to Asda old school

Outlook Remember that arcade game in the 1980s – Whac-a-Mole? You get a mallet and clobber the brown, furry creatures that pop out of holes in the machine. Each time you whack one, another jumps up in its place.

Charges against three men accused of stealing from waste-bins outside an Iceland store in London have been cleared by the CPS.

Iceland food bin theft case dropped by CPS

The men were accused of stealing food reportedly totalling to £33 out of Iceland bins last year

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