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.

Why do we only hear one side of society in Sherborne's Tesco spat?

The town's working class population have been left out of this debate

Profit warning: Dr Gloria Moss warns that high streets need to attract women

Shopping? It's all in the gender

Paul Bignell discovers a simple truth – women hold the key to the regeneration of the high street

Fears grow for London port project

Big names slow to commit to the logistics park at heart of £1.5bn London Gateway superport

Sole bidder in the frame as decision on HMV's fate draws near

The future of HMV, the failed entertainment chain, is likely to be decided over the coming days.

Land Securities puts faith in Leeds' Trinity

Property empire Land Securities is betting that the north's flagging economy will soon return to health as it launches a £350m shopping centre in Leeds.

Horsemeat scandal: Recalled ready meals 'may still be on sale'

Ready meals containing horse DNA may still be on sale despite a product recall, trading standards officials have said.

Consumers fear call-centre security lapses

British consumers are living in fear of security breaches in firms they deal with on a daily basis, a new survey suggests.

Thomas Cook announced plans to axe 2,500 UK jobs

Thomas Cook axes 2,500 jobs as it closes 195 high street travel agencies

The struggling tour giant Thomas Cook today slashed 2,500 jobs and unveiled plans to close nearly 200 high street travel agents.

Sigh of relief on the high street as trading levels climb to highest for three years

Trading on the high street bounced back strongly last month to its highest level for more than three years, giving retailers a much-needed fillip.

Intu in £250m deal for Midsummer Place shopping centre

The UK's biggest shopping centres owner has expanded its empire as it shrugged off a year of falling rents and visitors to its centres.

Tesco dairy fixing fine is cut to £6.5m

Tesco will pay a reduced £6.5m fine for its part in a dairy price-fixing scandal following an appeal ruling.

High street suffers a triple blow

A toxic mix of pay freezes, poor weather and high inflation were blamed for the latest signs of a flagging high street.

Pay freezes and frozen streets hurts grocery sales

A toxic mix of pay freezes, poor weather and high inflation were blamed today for the latest signs  of a flagging High Street.

Travis Perkins rally is held back by a slide at Wickes

Builders’ merchant Travis Perkins has hailed a recovery in the UK’s stagnant housing market but the recent snow has hit trading at its Wickes DIY chain.

Former JJB Sports chairman and his son are bailed on fraud charges

The former chairman of retailer JJB Sports and his son have been charged by the Serious Fraud Office in connection with allegations of forgery and making misleading statements during their time at the failed sportswear chain.

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