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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.

Business Diary: Amlin a winner at jargon game

Insurance, eh. It's really a simple concept – you pay the company a premium, they cover your costs if the worst happens. What's made it look complex is a talent for obfuscation that is even now plumbing new depths. There was a real humdinger from Amlin, which does much of its business at Lloyd's of London, as it tried to explain why profits have been falling. "Downward rating pressures," it sniffs. In other words, premiums are getting cheaper. Surely a contender for this week's inexcusable jargon award. On a Monday.

Marks & Spencer on the lookout for a 'multi-channel retailing' director

Marks & Spencer is to boost its senior management team with the appointment of a multi-channel division director.

Editor-At-Large: The disaffection that created Moat is what matters

Crime has dropped to the lowest level for more than 30 years – so why do many of us feel unsafe? Although we think crime has fallen in our neighbourhood, two-thirds of us believe it has risen across the country as a whole. Could it be that anti-social behaviour, which rarely results in arrests or convictions, contributes to our feelings of unease? And is this worse than 10 years ago? Low-grade, threatening behaviour which may not get reported often blights the lives of people living in council flats and estates and there are numerous examples of mindless intimidation, where residents say they feel besieged, and claim the police don't do enough.

Shareholders give M&S bloody nose over £15m pay for Bolland

Nearly one in five shareholders refused to support the remuneration report of Marks & Spencer yesterday at its annual meeting, as they rebelled against the £15m its new chief executive Marc Bolland could earn this year.

Marks & Spencer fends off shareholder rebellion

Retail giant Marks & Spencer fended off a shareholder rebellion at its annual meeting today despite being taken to task over executive pay packages.

David Prosser: Pay revolts are here to stay and rightly so

Outlook One can understand Sir Stuart Rose's frustration over the latest complaints about the remuneration policies of Marks & Spencer. The retailer's chairman was pretty dismissive yesterday about suggestions he might find it difficult to get shareholders' backing for the company's remuneration report at next week's annual general meeting, particularly in the context of the strong trading update M&S unveiled.

New M&S boss Marc Bolland braced for tougher times

Marks & Spencer's new boss Marc Bolland said he was braced for tougher times today despite delivering better-than-expected sales in his inaugural update.

M&S's Rose receives £4.3m in final year

Sir Stuart Rose, the chairman of Marks & Spencer, signed off his final year leading the retailer with a surge in his pay to £4.3m.

£2.8m bonus for M&S chief Sir Stuart Rose

Marks & Spencer today revealed outgoing boss Sir Stuart Rose landed a bumper £2.8 million bonus for returning the group to annual profits growth.

Rose: no double dip but UK recovery will be slow

Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Marks & Spencer, declared that Britain's economy had turned a corner and will avoid a double-dip recession yesterday as the high-street bellwether unveiled a small rise in annual profits to £632.5m. In his last set of results before stepping down, Sir Stuart said that the UK was "through" the recession and added: "I don't think we will get into a double dip. We will get very slow growth but it will be tough."

Marks & Spencer report £632m profit

High street retailer Marks & Spencer confirmed a return to annual profits growth today after reporting a 4.6% hike to £632.5 million.

M&S to unveil annual profits rise

Marks & Spencer is expected to a post a 5 per cent rise in full-year profits tomorrow, the last set of results presented by the high-street bellwether's chairman, Sir Stuart Rose.

Sir Victor Blank joins list for M&S chairman

Sir Victor Blank, the ex-Lloyds chairman, has emerged as a candidate to be chairman of Marks & Spencer when Sir Stuart Rose steps down.

Great expectations as Marc Bolland takes reins at M&S

Marks & Spencer's new boss Marc Bolland starts at the helm of the chain today amid great expectations over his plans for the high street giant.

Next boss's salary doubles to £1.7m

The pay of Simon Wolfson, the chief executive of Next, more than doubled to £1.74m last year after the fashion retailer enjoyed a jump in profits.

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