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Jimmy Choo steps up for £1bn float

Comment: It’s not the riskiest deal Mike Ashley's done

Mike Ashley once boasted he had “balls of steel”. Frankly, for anyone else to spend £45 million on shares in Debenhams after its Christmas drubbing, you’d need them.

Mike Ashley took control of Newcastle United in 2007

Sports Direct buys 4.6 percent stake in Debenhams

Mike Ashley has purchased 4.6 per cent of Debenhams' shares worth around £46 million

The Week Ahead: Burberry to detail third quarter performance

Thirsty punters will mull over the outlook for pubs when Greene King and Spirit Pub Company report today and tomorrow respectively.

The Business Matrix: Monday 13 January 2014

Asos expands into Russia and China

Job prospects for the class of 2014 – graduating this summer – are as rosy as at any time since the start of the recession, new figures indicate

Graduate job prospects best since 2007 as public sector leads recruitment

Statistics show an 8.7 per cent rise in the number of graduate vacancies, taking employment levels back to the year before the recession began to bite

Smells like teen spirit: The modern take on grunge

Combine oversized outerwear, tartan and fishnet tights for a modern take on grunge. Just add attitude and lashings of eyeliner

The new chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen

We know recovery exists, just not what it looks like

The upturn is a strange beast, with patchy strength and a tendency to hide from some of us. Still, the good news is that it seems to be here to stay

James Ashton: A cautionary lesson? Sweden’s technical edge under threat after education reforms

Some think fees for foreign students are having a detrimental effect

Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

Kevin Pietersen is dropped by Delhi Daredevils

Kevin Pietersen’s future took a surprising turn yesterday when Delhi Daredevils decided not to retain the England batsman – or indeed any of their players – for this year’s Indian Premier League.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 11 January 2014

Morrisons launches online shopping

Neil Woodford is bemused by the speed with which economic commentators have moved from doom to euphoria

The Analyst: Departing Woodford sounds a warning note over the euphoria

The biggest fund manager story of 2013 was the resignation of Neil Woodford from Invesco Perpetual. As you will be aware, Mr Woodford will continue to manage the Invesco Perpetual Income and High Income Funds until he leaves at the end of April, following which he will set up his own company.

Matthew Williamson looks for a turnaround after accounts show a £1.6m pre-tax loss in 2012

Matthew Williamson, the fashion designer famous for his friendships with stars including Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, plans to restructure and grow his business this year, after it made £1.6m pre-tax loss in 2012.

Online sales growing at fastest rate in three years as high street suffers

Web sales growth in December accelerated to 19.2%, the fastest rate for more than three years

Groove armada: The stunning rebirth of vinyl

Vinyl is shedding its image as a retro novelty as a new generation discovers cover art, liners and great sound

Bill Grimsey to advise Labour over high streets and business rates

The former chief executive of Wickes and Iceland Bill Grimsey has been made an adviser to the Labour party and will help draw up the opposition’s strategy over business rates for small businesses – one of the hottest topics for retailers.

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