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.

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Heston Blumethal specials like his figgy pudding and chocolate cake helped Waitrose to its best Christmas period ever, the John Lewis-owned supermarket chain revealed today.

Shoppers set Boxing Day sales records online and in store

Britons spent 14 million hours trawling websites yesterday

Christmas high-street spending is 'acceptable but not exceptional'

High-street spending in the run-up to Christmas has been “acceptable but not exceptional”, the retail industry trade association said today.

Shops hail last-minute Christmas shopping 'spree'

People buying food and last-minute presents face a race against time today as shops have been restricted to only six hours of opening.

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Christmas online shopping could overtake present buying on the high street for the first time this year, with bargain hunters increasingly turning to online delivery services for convenience and discount codes.

Automatic facial recognition has a 90 per cent success rate, and is improving

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Technology is already being used to work out how you should be treated as a customer based on where you live but is facial recognition technology being used to decide which adverts should be shown to you a step too far?

Asos says US sales are set to overhaul UK

The chief executive of online fashion retailer Asos has boasted that its US sales will outstrip the UK over the next three years after sales there boomed in its first quarter.

John Lewis predicts record mega Mondays

Retailer expects to beat £7.4m online sales in last two big days of Christmas

No Pain No Gain: SnackTime keeps eating into profits

Are we set for another share shopping spree in the run up to Christmas? For a variety of reasons the stock market invariably indulges in what many regard as a seasonal pantomime that sends prices surging ahead. Even after the festivities, the round of new year tips often adds a little momentum to what is usually a cheerful atmosphere.

US failure costs Tesco £1 billion as store calls time on American venture

Tesco's bid to take on Wal-Mart in its own back yard was consigned to embarrassing and costly failure today, with the supermarket giant £1 billion poorer than before the launch of Fresh & Easy in 2007.

Character blames Zhu Zhu Pets for profit fall

Character Group, the maker of Peppa Pig toys, has blamed unloved Zhu Zhu hamsters for a sharp fall in annual profits, as it warned of a "disappointing" Christmas.

Five Questions About... comparison sites

They're great, aren't they? They let us all find better deals.

Comet's comeback? Appliances Online bids to take retailer 'internet-only'

The entrepreneur behind Appliances Online has tabled a bid for Comet in a move that could see the failed electrical chain disappear from retail parks and high streets.

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