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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.

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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.

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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.

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<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>

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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.

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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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