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Jimmy Choo steps up for £1bn float

Festive joy for retailers as sales growth is fastest in 9 years

Retailers enjoyed a "spectacular" Christmas, official data showed, with total sales growing at their fastest rate in years.

High-street retail guru Mary Portas

Underwear factory goes bust despite a helping hand from Mary Portas

An underwear factory championed by Mary Portas, the retail guru and government advisor, has gone bust – in a blow to her attempts to revive UK manufacturing.

Having a wheelchair shouldn't stop me shopping

Disabled people shouldn't be forced to shop on the internet. The high street should be available and accessible to everyone

Mike Ashley stumps the City with Debenhams bet

Billionaire businessman Mike Ashley left the City baffled last night about a highly complex derivatives deal that was revealed on one of the busiest days in the retail calendar.

Starbucks app leaves passwords unencrypted and users at risk

A security researcher identified a problem with the US version of the app - it's thought that the UK version suffers from a similar flaw

New Hitman game for Xbox One/PS4 will 'fulfil the core Hitman fantasy'

Next gen game will finally do away with 47's 'magic pockets'

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Bulgarian

Transfer guide: The best players available for free this summer - including, Dimitar Berbatov, Ashley Cole and Nemanja Vidic

The Premier League players whose contracts expire this summer

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley swaps Debenhams share stake for options in 'baffling' move

Veteran City analyst described the complex transaction as 'baffling'

MyTablet - Argos's foray into the budget tablet market

Currys and Argos hail Christmas sales triumph

Online sales now represent almost half of all Argos' business

Penny stock Nestor soars 1900% in confusion with Google's Nest Labs deal

Nestor soared from 0.2 cents to 4 cents in wake of Google's Nest Labs acquisition

The Business Matrix: Thursday 16 January 2014

H&M sales growth slows

Page 3 Profile: David Ford, bookseller

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them…

Sainsbury's attacks Tesco in TV ad war over value

Sainsbury’s will tonight launch the first of a series of attack ads against Tesco, set to coincide with the first anniversary of the horsemeat scandal.

A model presents a creation by Burberry Prorsum during the Autumn/Winter 2014 London Collections

Burberry shares jump 6% as British luxury retailer sees strong growth in China

Burberry revealed business in Asia is back on form as it beat City forecasts with a strong Christmas sales performance today

A volunteer puts together a parcel of food at a Food Bank in Brixton, south London

UK ‘has some of the highest and most volatile food prices’, claims Oxfam

Britons face some of the highest and most volatile food prices in Western Europe, according to research published today.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker