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.

Hammerson feels heat as shoppers avoid Brent Cross

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Jim Armitage: How to prevent private sector providers from bleeding us taxpayers dry

The John Lewis Partnership is as bourgeois as summer holidays in Provence

Sun is shining again on Britain’s high streets

Britain’s high streets are bouncing back, with the warm weather sending shoppers back to traditional shopping venues.

355 jobs facing axe at toy chain Modelzone as stores shut

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Bikes and Lycra lift sales at Halfords

Shares in Halfords raced up more than 11 per cent yesterday as massive demand for bikes, cycle repairs and Lycra riding wear propelled the retailer to an 8.8 per cent rise in sales in the first quarter to July.

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Some of regulator's staff  had 'limited experience' of food-safety crises, official report concludes

US economy boosted by 200,000 new jobs

Figures for June show positive signs for recovery as Dow Jones leaps in response

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Advantage Starbucks as Lavazza retreats on UK expansion plans

Coffee-maker Lavazza has dramatically scaled back its expansion plans in the UK amid problems with its business partner.

Sports Direct takes over HMV's flagship store

The flagship Oxford Street store of the fallen music retailer HMV has been snapped up by Mike Ashley, the founder of Sports Direct.

UK Uncut activists protesting against Starbucks's tax arrangements

Starbucks pays corporation tax, promising the Exchequer £20m over two years

The company has now paid corporation tax for the first time in nearly five years

Pret owner sweet on picking up a stake in Hotel Chocolat

The private equity owner of Pret A Manger is eyeing a major investment in upmarket chocolate retailer Hotel Chocolat, which is valued at more than £100 million.

Furniture retailer Dwell collapses after failed attempts to find white knight

Upmarket furniture chain Dwell today closed all its stores and ceased trading both on the High Street and online with immediate effect, with the potential loss of 300 jobs.

It’s going to be difficult to sell used games for the new XBox One console.

It’s going to be difficult to sell used games for the new XBox One console. Are thrifty gamers being had?

Console-makers take a stand on reselling 'pre-owned' games

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Cambridge teenager told she needed Chinese language for part-time job at The Body Shop

A teenager applying for a Saturday job at The Body Shop was told she needed to speak Chinese to get the position.

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