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£20, granta.com

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Blacks set for cash call as sales melt away

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Selfridges hands owners £101m windfall

Selfridges more than doubled its dividend to £101m last year after a leap in profits. The payout provides another huge windfall for the Westons, the billionaire family behind Associated British Foods, who bought the department store group for £598m in 2003.

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Anger over 'OCD chopping board' on sale at Selfridges

A chopping board sold by Selfridges and billed as the solution to sandwich problems for those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has been condemned by sufferers of the condition.

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