Zara to open record fifth Oxford St store

The fashion chain Zara plans to open a record fifth store on London's Oxford Street, reinforcing the buoyant demand for prime retail property in the capital.

Wolves' Joel Monaghan makes a break during the Engagae Super League

Wolves surge into last eight

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Next boss Wolfson takes a 15 per cent pay cut

Lord Wolfson, the chief executive of Next, saw his pay fall 15 per cent last year, despite the retailer posting record profits and returns for shareholders.

Bentley and Aquascutum tee up golfwear range

Bentley Motors has teamed up with upmarket menswear brand Aquascutum for a range of golfwear and accessories.

Elizabeth Haynes plans murders in a shed at her Kent home

Elizabeth Haynes: 'Pole-dancing is a real killer ...'

The writer tells Danuta Kean how she swapped criminology for exotic dancing to research her new thriller

TeamGB Olympic kits, designed by Stella McCartney, revealed

At a grand ceremony at the Tower of London this morning, amid much fanfare and lycra, the official TeamGB kit for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled.

Owner of Zara chain makes steady progress

Inditex, the Spanish owner of the Zara fashion chain, saw profits surge 12 per cent last year despite the eurozone crisis battering its huge operation on the Continent.

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Osborne could target pension contributions

The amount you can put into your retirement pot could be cut in the Budget, a pension expert has warned.

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How To Be Beautiful: The buzz on blusher

Blusher is one of the most useful make-up bag items, yet it's also the one we're most likely to misuse. Put to its proper purpose – the addition of a little healthy colour and added dimension – it does its job admirably. It's when we start employing it to create the illusion of cheekbones, manically sculpting in light and shade, that things go awry. This kind of contouring is best left to the professional make-up artist; rendered by an inexpert hand it looks as subtle as a child's painting-by-numbers kit.

Versace rocks Milan Fashion Week with leather and chainmail

Milan Fashion Week continued yesterday with a show of strength by Versace, a label buoyed by its recent collaboration with high-street giant H&M and a return to the Paris couture schedule last month.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill buys Peacocks

The Scottish clothing group Edinburgh Woollen Mill has acquired the fashion chain Peacocks out of administration, saving 6,000 jobs.

Employers reject jobs scheme that's all work and no pay

Backlash spreads against project that forces benefit claimants to give their time for free 

Surprise rise in retail sales revealed

The January sales helped retailers enjoy a surprise rise in trade last month but the figures failed to allay fears high streets will be blighted by more shop closures.

Peacocks: Budget fashion chain is set to go into administration after failing to restructure its £600m debts

New fears for jobs at Peacocks

Thousands of staff at collapsed retailer Peacocks were facing further uncertainty today after it was reported that only one company remains in the race to salvage the firm.

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