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London-based company focused on “cutting edge artificial intelligence" could supply the brains for Google's burgeoning robotics division

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As the high street suffers, the growing market for glamour has given one trade a remarkable lift

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Savvy Money: Know your rights when you go shopping online

The law is on your side if a retailer fails to deliver – even if you never went into a store

Strong demand for tablet computers helps Dixons sales surge

Dixons' chief executive Sebastian James said he has "wind in his sails" as he reported a continuing recovery at the electrical retailer, and the City is beginning to believe the story.

Boden toasts global gains after a tough time at home

Boden, Middle England's favourite online clothing retailer, has revealed that its international sales have surged past those in the UK for the first time.

M&S admits to lagging behind in online showing

Marks & Spencer yesterday admitted that its online performance was being held back by weak service and stock availability, as it poached an executive from rival Next to run its crucial lingerie division.

Eric Schmidt says Google will comply with the law if it changes

We pay £6m tax on £2.6bn UK profits, but that's OK because we help start-ups: Google boss Eric Schmidt under fire over comments on corporate tax

Executive chairman insists the company is key to UK economic growth as its adverts 'empower literally billions of pounds of start-ups'

Hot dog stuffed-crust pizza helps Domino’s unveil tasty results during cold snap

It may have been cold outside recently, but inside Britain’s homes punters have been devouring Domino’s hot dog stuffed-crust pizza in huge numbers.

Traders on Amazon platform rebel against massive jump in fees

Amazon customers have vented their fury ahead of a planned rise in fees on the group's marketplace after Easter. The cost of selling goods such as electronic accessories and car parts on the platform is set to rise by up to 70 per cent in the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Third-party traders on Amazon are not happy with the new seller fees

Sellers revolt as Amazon hikes fees for traders by up to 70 per cent

It overtook eBay as the preferred marketplace for traders to use to sell their goods. But online retailers may be soon returning to eBay in droves after Amazon put up its fees for traders by as much as 70 per cent.

Workspace beats gloom as small firms fight for room

London’s entrepreneurs continue to buck the economic woes of the rest of the country amid increasing demand for space, landlord Workspace said today.

129 Blockbuster stores to be closed

Collapsed DVD and games rental firm Blockbuster is to close 129 of its 528 stores in the coming weeks and make 760 of its 4,190 employees redundant, its administrator confirmed today.

Drivers cursing, shoppers queuing, tills ringing... it must be Boxing Day

Sales records fall across the country as fears of a quiet Christmas prove unfounded

Shoppers in the UK are set to spend a total of £2.9 billion in the Boxing Day sales

Bargain season begins early for online shoppers

Amazon's UK website said it had seen sales on Christmas Day increase by 263% over the last five years

Christmas high-street spending is 'acceptable but not exceptional'

High-street spending in the run-up to Christmas has been “acceptable but not exceptional”, the retail industry trade association said today.

Boxing Day sales begin... on Christmas Eve

The traditional Boxing Day sales have been brought forward to Christmas Eve as dozens of retailers seek to out-do each other and win customers' hard-earned cash.

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