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.

Cashless is the future. Small businesses must adapt or pay the price

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Hicks arrests a juvenile delinquent in ‘The Lily White Boys’ at London’s Royal Court in 1960

Barbara Hicks: Veteran of stage and television who excelled in period dramas and worked with Olivier, Coward and Ayckbourn

Among those actors who never starred but always shone, Barbara Hicks is guaranteed a place. She was at the Royal Court during its ascendant years, and her time at the National Theatre would reflect its own first quarter of a century, from being directed by Laurence Olivier in The Crucible (1965) – for which she had the appropriate Puritan countenance – at the Old Vic, to performing on the South Bank stage named after him, in Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business (1987).

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 13 November 2013

New Look rules out IPO for a year

Abercrombie & Fitch bags feature fit young models

Abercrombie & Fitch targets plus size customers as sales decline

The preppy American retailer plans to expand its clothing range after ditching "no plus size" policy

James Moore: SuperGroup's solution for business rates is likely to fall on deaf ears, too

Outlook SuperGroup is expanding superfast but it would like to grow even faster, and that should be good for us because it would create jobs and stimulate the economy.

Sweet shop owner fined £400 for selling 30p Asda chocolate as £3 Wonka bars

Alexander Gwillym had tried to register his product as 'Mr Wonka Bar' rather than 'Wonka Bar'

Angela Spindler plans a major high street expansion as she aims to become the dominant plus size fashion retailer

The new broom with big ideas at N Brown

Expanding the fashion retailer and giving other women a hand are on Angela Spindler's agenda

‘Reality check’ for retailers as sales creep up

The warm autumn weather has hit fashion retailers just as the High Street had been showing signs of recovery, according to a new report.

Protests as PM sacks Mark Prisk, Minister for High Streets

Mark Prisk is ousted just six months after setting up action group to revive struggling retailers

The Week Ahead: Quadrise shares on course for new leap

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Investors turned detectives last month when an unexplained leap in alternative fuel producer Quadrise Fuels could not be explained by management. The group, which supplies fuel to global shipping, refining and steam and power generation markets, has been winning new contracts and recently signed a deal with Mærsk to supply it with fuel oil. Its results today could be another reason for the share price to rise.

Carpetright crisis forces Harris return

Lord Harris of Peckham has come out of retirement to take over the running of Carpetright after an unexpected profit warning and the shock resignation of Darren Shapland, the chief executive.

Lord Harris back into Carpetright after chief quits

Lord Harris of Peckham has been forced to come out of retirement to take over the helm of Carpetright after a shock profit warning and the unexpected resignation of chief executive Darren Shapland.

HTC One sweeps T3 awards despite company woes

Sony and Apple are also multiple winners - with Chris Anderson and Michael Acton Smith also taking home awards

Grand Theft Auto: UKIE defends age ratings system

UK body responsible for age ratings suggest parents take a 'sincere interest' in what their children buy

Once bitten, twice shy for Dixons as it vows to shun the internet

Sebastian James, the boss of Currys and PC World owner Dixons, has vowed to stick to the High Street in the future after the sale of its loss-making online-only business Pixmania came a step closer.

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