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Marks & Spencer has joined retailers trying to lure shoppers on to the high street before Christmas with plans for a flash sale across its stores tomorrow.

Jim Armitage: A dream team in waiting, even if Sir Philip disagrees

Outlook Bon chance, or should it be bon appetit, to Sir Philip Green, in his quest to take on the likes of M&S by flogging food at BHS.

Investors warn M&S boss: This is last-chance saloon

Marc Bolland faces shareholders fuming over high-street chain's failing fortunes this week

Morrisons snaps up 49 Blockbuster branches

In a rare piece of good news for the retail sector, supermarket Morrisons has bought 49 Blockbuster stores from the DVD rental group's administrator, Deloitte.

The Hut saddles up for cycling craze as it ponders IPO

The online retailer backed by the former bosses of Marks & Spencer and Tesco has bought a bike accessories website, in its latest acquisition ahead of a possible flotation this year.

Finance director quits as The Hut ditches float

The finance director of The Hut, which is backed by some of retail's biggest stars, has quit the online retailer abruptly after it ditched plans for a flotation this year.

Finance director quits The Hut after it drops plans for flotation

The finance director of The Hut, which is backed by some of retail's biggest stars, has quit the online retailer abruptly after it ditched plans for a flotation this year.

M&S shows its loyalty to struggling high street

Marc Bolland, the chief executive of Marks & Spencer, has reaffirmed its commitment to the UK high street at a turbulent time for the sector, as the April bank holidays helped it deliver a solid first quarter.

Marks & Spencer hands bosses £22m pay awards

The high street stalwart Marks & Spencer handed its outgoing chairman Sir Stuart Rose a pay packet worth £8m last year, although the sum paled against the almost £14m spent on luring Marc Bolland to the group.

The Business On: Sir Stuart Rose, Chairman, Mobile Money Network

He looks strangely familiar

Thorntons warns it may have to close 227 stores

Thorntons, the chocolatier, has issued a profits warning for the third time in 10 months and indicated that it may have to close more than 200 stores over the next four years.

You've seen X Factor – now get ready for BBC Chairman Factor

The appointment of the next chairman of the BBC Trust, the broadcaster's governing body, could see short-listed candidates taking part in an X Factor-style popularity contest before a panel of MPs. The two front-runners are Lord Patten, former Tory party chairman, and Sir Howard Davies, director of the London School of Economics.

M&S's U-turns: Will the latest plans last?

Britain's best-known retailer hasn't always been consistent. As a new chief executive takes over, Richard Northedge reviews its progress

Business celebrities sell their brains for charity

Handbag queen Anya Hindmarch is one of many business celebrities offering up their brains for the Krug Mind Share auction at Sotheby's on 1 November to raise money for charities of their choice.

Sir Stuart Rose will take Bridgepoint role

Sir Stuart Rose is to join a private-equity firm as an adviser in his first new role since he announced his departure from Marks & Spencer.

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