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Jaeger reports record Christmas sales boosted by online shopping

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A survey has found that on average people will give up on their New Year's resolutions just 24 days into 2014

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Dixons, owner of PC World and Currys, has returned to a profit after six years, as it continues to feel the benefits of rival Comet’s demise.

Market Report: Online retailer Asos goes out of fashion with analysts

Downgrading online fashion star Asos has not worked out well for most of the analysts that have dared.

Amazon sets all-time sales record thanks to Cyber Monday

Amazon UK had its busiest day of sales ever as pre-Christmas shoppers hit the internet for Cyber Monday.

Consumer Rights: 24 days of safe shopping left until Christmas

Check how to avoid any pitfalls when you buy gifts in the high street, online or with vouchers

Bitcoin theft in excess of $1m hits one of the service's 'most secure' banks

The operator of Inputs.io has reported a hack that lost customers 4,100 BTC

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Forget eBay and Amazon. It was a Gateshead pensioner who started the online shopping revolution

New documentary will show how online shopping industry was launched in 1984 from Jane Snowball’s armchair

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The Conversation: Dawn O'Porter, TV presenter and author

'People in clothes shops are so rude. It always baffles. And changing rooms are so unflattering.'

'Dating scams' add to 27% increase in fraud

So-called "dating scams" have contributed to a 27% increase in the number of frauds reported, official figures show.

Grannies Inc sells made-to-order knits

It’s no stitch-up: A co-op of needle-wielding nans are taking their knit-to-order business into the dog-eat-dog world of online fashion

A lovingly hand-crafted jumper from a well-meaning granny used to be a gift received with a grimace. But as the trend for novelty knitwear and customised clobber continues to prevail, the popularity of hand-knits is on the rise. Those of us not lucky enough to know a nana that knits no longer need to feel unloved, however. Grannies Inc is a company that sells made-to-order knits by a collective of talented grandmothers across the UK.

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