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.

New Look bounces back into profit

Fashion retailer New Look has bounced back into profit after a turbulent year and unveiled plans for a rapid opening programme in China.

The 'space race' of opening big supermarkets is over

Tesco checkout staff see bonus pot halved as profits slump

Checkout staff at Tesco have seen their annual shares bonus pot halved after the supermarket giant slumped to its first annual profits fall in nearly 20 years.

Think-tank joins the call for a freeze on high street rates

An influential think-tank has become the latest organisation to call on the Government to alleviate the punishing impact of business rates in an effort to curb the spiralling number of store closures on the  high street.

Simon Read: It's about time we had simpler consumer rights

In the Queen's Speech the Government announced it will establish "a simple set of consumer rights to promote competitive markets and growth."

Stuart Hazell before his arrest in August last year

'You know I'm not a bad person': Stuart Hazell wrote letter to father whilst on remand for Tia Sharp murder

Hazell denies sexually assaulting and killing the 12-year-old last year

Shopping centre giant Intu feels the pinch

It's not just the high street that's feeling the squeeze: Intu, the owner of Lakeside in Essex and Manchester's Trafford Centre, yesterday said fewer customers were coming to its shopping centres as the retail sector remains "difficult".

Musto founder's son quits the helm

The son of the founder of Musto has stepped down as chief executive of the sportswear specialist, for which Zara Phillips is a brand ambassador.

Another director expected to leave Reiss

Reiss is close to losing its third director in as many months, in a blow for the fashion retailer.

Whitbread has vowed to step up expansion of its Premier Inn and Costa chains in a move set to create 12,000 jobs over the next five years

Whitbread promises 12,000 new jobs in five-year expansion for Premier Inn and Costa Coffee chains

Whitbread today cranked up expansion plans for its budget hotel chain Premier Inn in the UK and Costa Coffee globally, as the leisure group delivered annual profits ahead of City expectations.

UK pension deal to let Kodak exit bankruptcy

Experts cautious over plan to wipe out the $2.8bn owed to 15,000 fund members

Former Asda and Royal Mail boss Allan Leighton lured by Pandora's charms

Former Asda and Royal Mail boss Allan Leighton has been named the new chief executive of Danish lucky-charms jeweller Pandora after Puma poached its current boss.

The 'space race' of opening big supermarkets is over

Why big is no longer beautiful for Tesco

The supermarket chain's relentless hunger for giant new stores is over, it has signalled. So what's the strategy?

Next's boss rakes in £4.5m – and shares an extra payout of £2.4m with his staff

Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next, pocketed more than £4.5m last year after a healthy rise in annual profits at the fashion and homewares retailer.

'Portas Pilots' high street update to be delayed

The Government appears to have delayed publishing a progress  report on the towns which received taxpayer money to revitalise their local high streets until later this year.

High street growth stalls as shoppers are frozen out, says CBI

A year ago department store John Lewis said it was "too hot to shop" as Britain basked in a heatwave but yesterday the CBI said the high street had effectively ground to a halt as shoppers shivered and inflation hit wallets.

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