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Blacks Leisure hires interim chairman to help steady ship

Blacks Leisure, the embattled outdoor retail specialist, has hired an interim chairman to help turn around its fortunes ahead of a refinancing.

H&M to bring new labels to London

The Swedish fashion giant H&M is to bring three of its brands to the UK – in another boost to the UK's struggling retail market.

Julie Burchill: It's time to tackle the chav-baiters

Chavs really are the gifts that keep on giving – in their case, giving utterly worthless people the chance to lash out at an underprivileged group without feeling the hot hand of the law on their cold shoulder. The latest to point the finger is the actress Jane Horrocks, who spoke thus in a recent interview with the Radio Times: "There's always a set type of people doing their shopping according to the time or the day, whether it's pensioners holding everyone up or screeching kids. Or sometimes you can have rather a lot of chavs in, and that gets a bit scary."

French burka ban helps London to cash in on overseas shoppers

London stores are benefiting from a backlash to the Paris burka ban, as Middle Eastern shoppers choose to shop in the "more welcoming" capital.

Kurt Geiger to march into US after £215m deal

The upmarket shoe retailer Kurt Geiger is to embark on an opening offensive in the US over the next 18 months after it was acquired by the retail giant Jones Group from Graphite Capital, in a deal worth £215m.

The Selfridges scion making a splash

The creative director of Oxford Street's boldest department store talks fish, fashion and life in the Weston dynasty

Raphael Young: Try walking in his shoes

Designer Raphael Young has discovered style's holy grail: a comfortable high heel. Naomi Attwood meets him

Forget the wedding gifts, we'll take cash instead

The bride and groom's polite requests for bed linen, toasters and sets of cutlery might soon be over, as more than a third of couples exchange the traditional wedding list for demands for cash.

Saracens outgun Newcastle as Wray condemns the RFU

Saracens 24 Newcastle 9

Chelsea Girl: Let's twist again

The revival of Sixties high-street emporium Chelsea Girl brings a touch of fashion nostalgia to a new generation.

Brazilian sandal-maker packs wellies as it expands into UK

Known for its flip-flops, Havaianas is to sell boots when it opens its first London shop

DJ Taylor: Artfully, those pesky motorists dodge the bullet once more

Its been a good week for car-owners, Romeo Beckham, and Charles Dickens. But Mark Twain has taken a politically correct battering (if that's possible ...)

Shoppers flock to sales to beat VAT rise in 2011

Thousands of cash-strapped shoppers braved sub-zero temperatures after Christmas to pick up significant bargains in the sales before next month's VAT increase.

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