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.

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2: Microsoft refreshes its hybrid tablet/laptop range

Ambitious launch shows that the company still intends to compete with Apple in the tablet market

Mesut Ozil cost a club record fee of £42.5m

Mesut Ozil signing 'shows financial clout' of Arsenal as rise in turnover is announced

Signing of Germany international labelled a 'significant step'

Vivienne Westwood looks abroad as profits leap

The grande dame of British fashion has produced a bumper £5m profit as the Vivienne Westwood brand focuses on opening shops and expanding overseas.

James Moore: Lloyds sale could stand alone without these silly accounting tricks

Outlook On the face of it, yesterday's sale of Lloyds shares was an unalloyed success, perhaps beginning the final chapter of the financial crisis.

French Connection struggles to close worst-performing UK stores

The under-pressure fashion retailer French Connection says it is struggling to close its worst performing UK stores due to tough negotiations with landlords.

Shake-up in store: Home Retail chief steps down

The boss of Argos and Homebase owner Home Retail Group today stood down after 15 years at the company.

Retail sales up as shoppers keep spending

The tills of retailers continued to ring loudly last month, as they benefited from favourable weather and growing consumer confidence on the high street.

Gok Wan ad campaign offends Australians by referring to breasts as ‘bangers’

Retailer Target is forced to defend its use of the British TV presenter in bra fitting promotion

Boohoo seeks a fashionable flotation

Online clothing retailer Boohoo.com is looking at listing on the London Stock Exchange as it seeks to emulate the success of its much bigger rival Asos.

Co-op looks to catch up rivals with launch of online groceries

The Co-operative has revealed plans to launch groceries online, in a belated attempt to grab a slice of the fast-growing £6.1bn market dominated by Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Ocado.

After M&S and Asos, Kate Bostock heads to the Coast

Kate Bostock, the former head of clothing at Marks & Spencer, is to join the women's fashion retailer Coast as chief executive, following her abrupt exit from Asos last month.

Barbecue weather cooks up a retail revival

The retail sector enjoyed a mini-recovery on Britain's high streets last month, with customer numbers up and shop vacancy rates falling.

Comet set to rise again as new chain of electrical stores

A chain of electrical stores under the Comet name is to be launched in a bid to fill the gap in the market left by the now-defunct retailer.

Market Report: Punters cash out on blue-chip retailers

Investors rushed to the check-out to cash in their retail shares yesterday just after high street titans Next and Marks & Spencer reached 2013 highs.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holds the Prince of Cambridge

Royal Baby and mobiles lift William Hill

Company revenues for the first half rose 20 per cent to £751.6 million

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