News The logo of Samsung Electronics is displayed on a glass door at their headquarters in Seoul on November 6, 2013. Samsung Electronics promised better shareholder returns, dismissed fears over smartphone market saturation and signalled a more aggressive acquisitions policy Wednesday at a rare analysts' briefing to boost its flagging stock price.

Samsung has announced plans to open 60 of its own branded stores in Britain and six other European countries, in a bid to challenge Apple's successful retail store approach.

Bear and hare woodland scene from John Lewis Christmas advert

John Lewis hopes for late Christmas boost as sales decline

John Lewis has revealed that sales fell last week across all its London stores, compared with the same week a year ago, in the clearest sign yet that people are leaving their Christmas shopping later than ever.

How Mike Ashley finally met his match with Adidas

With the German brand withholding Chelsea kits from Sports Direct, the two big beasts are battling to be football's super-power

Adidas and Sports Direct battle for Chelsea kit

Adidas has caused a major rift with the UK’s biggest sportswear retailer Sports Direct after banning Mike Ashley’s company from selling the club’s replica football kit next season.

Blockbuster to close all remaining stores

Total of 91 outlets to shut down by Monday with 808 jobs to go

Sony fans who received free PS Vita threatened with legal action

Gamers received the handheld console instead of a game, but retailer Zavvi has threatened them with 'legal remedies'

The low road: Small shops in town centres such as Dartford, Kent, are struggling

High streets 'are being failed by planning law'

Government rejects claim by a new study that small businesses are being sacrificed to big out-of-town developments – in spite of Town Centre First policy

Derek Pain: Comeback pays off for Findel – and me

Findel, recruited to the No Pain, No Gain portfolio a year ago, has proved a lucky strike. Enlisted at the equivalent of 142p, the shares are, as I write, around 260p – a splendid performance for what amounts to a recovery play.

Donald MacInnes: Surprise, Surprise! There is a limit to American overspending

As we trudge ever onwards towards Santa's ghastly grotto, bearing that annual downcast air; heading for yet another financial cavity search of Christmas spending, I thought it timeous that I address some possible differences between how we approach emptying our bank accounts in celebration of the birth of Jesus (how apt, how suitable... not) and how our American third-cousins-twice-removed do so.

Thanksgiving sees record crowds but spending declines amid heavy discounts

Seasonal bargains enticed a greater number of Americans over the Thanksgiving weekend, with more people shopping compared to last year, but heavy discounting meant that retailers raked in less money over the period.

Cyber Monday: UK braces for what could be busiest online shopping day in history

Metropolitan Police issue checklist of advice for people to stay safe while buying on the internet

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

JD Sports shares jump on better-than-expected sales

An upturn in the fortunes of outdoor clothing brands Millets and Blacks helped owner JD Sports deliver a well-received trading update today.

Bitcoin Black Friday: US online retailers attempt to stir up an online shopping frenzy

The digital currency has topped the $1000 exchange rate this week

Westfield secures planning permission for £1 billion Croydon mega shopping centre

The shopping centre is due to open in 2018 and would be Westfield's third retail megaspace after Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush

A new report says charity shops fill shops that would otherwise be empty

Charity shops are a benefit not a blight on high streets

New study shows that they draw in shoppers and provide valuable services

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Power dressing is back

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Promises, promises

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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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