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Outlook WH Smith's Stephen Clarke, like Kate Swann before him, is to be commended. For if ever there was a high street chain that should exist no more, it was this.

WH Smith has taken its website down after being involved in a porn e-book scandal

WH Smith takes website offline after porn ebook scandal

The retailer was found to be listing explicit titles alongside children's e-books

WH Smith profits up despite falling sales

Sales at WH Smith fell for the sixth year in a row, but profits at the retailer rose 6 per cent as its new chief executive Steve Clarke continued the focus on cost-cutting established under his predecessor Kate Swann.

The Week Ahead: Quadrise shares on course for new leap

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Investors turned detectives last month when an unexplained leap in alternative fuel producer Quadrise Fuels could not be explained by management. The group, which supplies fuel to global shipping, refining and steam and power generation markets, has been winning new contracts and recently signed a deal with Mærsk to supply it with fuel oil. Its results today could be another reason for the share price to rise.

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WH Smith gets lowest customer service rating in UK as Apple tops satisfaction league table

Survey by Which? says respondents called the high street newsagent's stores 'messy' and 'expensive'

What the Sunday Papers said…

The Independent on Sunday: HSBC job cuts as restructuring goes ahead

Kate's Swann song is WH Smith's best half-year profits for a decade

Kate Swann, the outgoing chief executive of WH Smith, is set to leave on a high after delivering the book and stationery group's best half-year profits for a decade.

Emeny to take the helm at Fuller, Smith & Turner

Fuller’s, brewer of London Pride, was set up 160 years ago and has over 400 pubs

Swann song is ode to joy as WH Smith's Christmas is boosted by celebrity books

Kate Swann, the outgoing chief executive of WH Smith, hailed "good profit" growth over Christmas at the stationery group, as Jamie Oliver served up a treat with his latest book.

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No, Minister. It's stick-thin celebs you should target

Jo Swinson is wrong about magazine 'fad' diets

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Decline in WH Smith sales slows

The stationery and book retailer WH Smith has delivered "good progress" on profit margins in its first quarter and a slight improvement in declining sales.

WH Smith boss Kate Swann quits after strong decade

The chief executive of WH Smith, Kate Swann, yesterday disappointed investors by saying she will step down next year from the retail group after a decade at the helm.

Simon English: Kate Swann's off after a job well done – for herself and Smith's

Outlook Is Kate Swann a retail genius? It is possible to think so, and plainly she has assets. Announcing a decision to quit as chief executive of WH Smith yesterday looks typically savvy.

Kate Swann will be leaving the company next June after 10 years

WH Smith boss Kate Swann quits after strong decade

The chief executive of WH Smith, Kate Swann, yesterday disappointed investors by saying she will step down next year from the retail group after a decade at the helm.

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