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Jones given £22m boost from LDC

Romil Bahl: How I made a fortune in the recovery position

The Business Interview: Companies and governments lose millions to errors and fraud, but Sean Farrell meets a man who helps them get their money back

Services sector on the rise again

The powerhouse services sector grew for the sixth month in a row in June, although business confidence slumped to its lowest for more than half a year amid fears over the faltering economic recovery.

Editor-At-Large: I’d rather shop with my mouse than with Mary Portas

I've never had much time for the self-important utterances of our Speaker's wife, but when Sally Bercow failed to find much sympathy for struggling retailers on Twitter, she hit on an uncomfortable truth. According to Sally, it was "sad" that household names such as Habitat and Focus were in trouble, but not really that tragic as she never shopped at any of them. She trashed chocolate retailer Thorntons (closing 120 stores) as a "yucky-tasting rip-off", and described Carpetright (shutting up to 50 stores) as "overrated". Even Jane Norman (shedding 30 stores) got a lashing for flogging "clothes for skinny minnies".

Meltdown on the high street

It's not just the recession. Competition from the internet and superstores on the doorstep is killing traditional town centres. Laura Chesters reports

David Prosser: Forbearance stores up trouble for the future: in Greece and at home

Outlook Who would be a banker just now? It's not simply that you are public enemy number one – now you're not allowed to ask many of your customers to pay back what they have borrowed from you. Certainly not Greece, whose debts you are required to roll over (though you must not call it a default), and not your mortgage customers back home either, to whom you must show "forbearance".

Thorntons store cull puts 750 jobs at risk

Thorntons will close up to half its stores, over the next three years, putting 750 jobs at risk, in the latest drastic action by one of Britain's embattled retailers.

Business Diary: Choking on the chocolate

Thorntons' strategy-review statement yesterday was a grim example of management speak. The lowlights included "a more focused retail estate with a differentiated customer proposition", "a de-risked business" that "positions the company for sustainable future growth", and a push to "grow the relevance of other all-year-round gifting occasions".

Job fears amid more retail failures

Hundreds of high street jobs were lost or put at risk today as the tally of retail failures mounted and more firms signalled plans to shut stores.

The Camerons fly out by easyJet for a week in Ibiza

The Prime Minister and his wife want to show they are in touch with Britain's 'squeezed middle'

Mothercare to close one in three UK stores

The chief executive of Mothercare has urged landlords to be more realistic about rental demands, as the maternity retailer unveiled plans to close nearly a third of its 373 UK stores.

Man charged in Jia Ashton murder probe

A 21-year-old man has been charged with the murder of an economics graduate whose body was found in woodland near her workplace.

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