H&M's sales fillip gives a lift to high street

H&M yesterday posted some encouraging news for the high street, with the Swedish fashion giant revealing trading last month had not been as bad as feared.

Derek Pain: Luck has a way of affecting your fortune

No Pain, No Gain

My life in travel: Roman Coppola

‘Japan is intoxicating. It’s the travel experience that has moved me most’

Owner of Zara stores sews up a profits leap

The Spanish group behind the fashion giant Zara has grown its profits by more than a quarter, driven by a sharp uplift in sales from a rapid store opening programme.

Inditex UK chief heads across the Pond

Dilip Patel, the UK managing director of the Spanish group behind Zara, is to take the helm of the company's fledgling United States business.

No Pain No Gain: SnackTime keeps eating into profits

Are we set for another share shopping spree in the run up to Christmas? For a variety of reasons the stock market invariably indulges in what many regard as a seasonal pantomime that sends prices surging ahead. Even after the festivities, the round of new year tips often adds a little momentum to what is usually a cheerful atmosphere.

Derek Pain: Developments 'Down Under' may lift Avation

No Pain, No Gain

How the smell of freshly-baked bread makes us kinder to strangers

Its ability to sell a house has long been an old wives’ tale, now scientists believe the smell of freshly baked bread makes people kinder to strangers.

If you ask me...I'm terribly disappointed that you didn't rescue me from this fleece

I've worn it everywhere since, bar the premiere of Skyfall, but only because I wasn't invited

Even Bolt cannot help Puma in the race for sales

Proof that publicity can't buy you a profit came from Puma yesterday as the sportswear brand that was plastered across Usain Bolt's chest this summer missed expectations and announced cost-cutting plans.

Even Usain Bolt cannot help Puma in the race for sales

Proof that publicity cannot buy you a profit came from Puma yesterday as the sportswear brand that was plastered across Usain Bolt's chest this summer missed expectations and announced cost-cutting plans.

<p>1. Adidas Copa Mundial</p>
<p>£74.99, sportsdirect.com</p>
<p>Most of Adidas's new boots are more colourful than a Rio parade. For connoisseurs, the Copa Mundial design, which first came out in 1979, is an enduring choice.</p>

The 10 Best men's football boots

Stroke the ball like Xavi or thump it like the Kaiser with this wide selection of boots for all levels of player

National poet of Wales pens ode to Cardiff's John Lewis

She could have bought one of their birthday cards. But the national poet of Wales Gillian Clarke instead celebrated the third anniversary of Cardiff’s John Lewis store by doing what she does best - writing a poem.

Veteran retailer Leighton joins Matalan as chairman

Allan Leighton, the former chief executive of Asda and ex-chairman of Royal Mail, has been appointed chairman of the cheap clothes retailer Matalan.

No Pain No Gain: Farewell to an old friend, but we're still ahead

The no pain, no gain portfolio has been forced to sell the shares of Hargreaves Services, the coal-to-transport group, following their fall to 700p last week. Earlier this year, the price comfortably exceeded 1,200p and I was happily congratulating myself on picking such an outstanding stock. Then came a profits warning – and many shareholders watched miserably as their rewards evaporated.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments