Thousands of Peacocks staff braced for closures

The fate of more than 9,000 staff at Peacocks will be decided this week, as the high street's biggest administration since Woolworths in 2008 comes to a head.

CBI warns of worst month in three years for retailers

A painful, post-Christmas hangover hit the high street this month, as shoppers closed their wallets after a festive splurge, the CBI warned today.

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Collapsed retailer Peacocks is moving in on new ownership after administrators were swamped with interest in all or part of the business.

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Bonmarché snapped up for £10m but 1600 jobs to be lost

About 1,600 jobs are to go at Bonmarché after Sun European Partners acquired the plus-size retailer out of pre-packaged administration for £10m yesterday, continuing the private equity firm's buying spree in retail.

1,400 jobs could go at fashion chain Bonmarche

Bonmarche, the fashion chain which was part of collapsed retailer Peacocks Group, was sold today in a deal that could lead to 1,400 job losses and 160 store closures.

Urban hang-outfitters: Inside the chain's new store in Newcastle

The bright sparks

Not many retailers would expand during a recession – but Urban Outfitters is one of the loudest and proudest personalities on the high street, says Harriet Walker

Private-equity firms form a queue to pick over Peacocks

A string of private-equity groups is circling Peacocks after the budget fashion chain collapsed into administration last week.

Both Mugler and Versace (pictured) gave us pastels galore, sometimes from head to toe

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Print, pastel and Fifties references – menswear takes on a new and dynamic aspect for spring, says Lee Holmes

Urban hang-outfitters: Inside the chain's new store in Newcastle

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Urban Outfitters may have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but it's still one of the loudest and proudest personalities on the high street, says Harriet Walker

Ready To Wear: Haute couture is out of the closet and thriving

By the time you read this, the handful of women inclined to order haute couture clothing will be off to their first show – cosmetic enhancement perfected, liveried drivers at the ready and with a limousine-required wardrobe to match.

Investing in small British businesses may not be such a risk this year

It's not just the big boys who can deliver a return

The share price fall of smaller UK companies could make them worth a punt this year, particularly if you find the right fund manager. Emma Dunkley reports

Retail sales boost after prices cut

Retail sales returned to growth in the run-up to Christmas but businesses were forced to slash prices to bring in cash-strapped consumers, official figures revealed today..

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