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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.

Kinky books: E L James’s ubiquitous ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Fifty Shades of Grey sales give WH Smith boost

The phenomenal success of Fifty Shades Of Grey and other copycat “passion” books gave a lift to retailer WH Smith today.

WH Smith shrugs off high street woes and hands back £36m

WH Smith has again cheered investors by delivering growth in margins and an improved sales performance despite the dire trading conditions on the high street.

Hornby is ready for an Olympics boost

After two profit warnings this year the Airfix-to-Scalextric maker Hornby yesterday said sales of its toys and badges for the Olympics were really starting to take off.

Woman critical after Birmingham hospital crash

A woman was critically injured today after a car crashed into a hospital.

Wincanton feels the chill from slowdown in high street sales

Wincanton, one of Europe's biggest hauliers and logistics groups, has warned its businesses will be hit this year as shoppers shun the high streets, meaning shops are not restocking.

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The Insider: How to decorate your festive table

Swish yuletide table settings don't have to be posh or pricey. Don't buckle under peer pressure to panic-buy the White Company's entire window display on your credit card. Instead, press the consumerist pause button and think creatively...

WH Smith warns on tough festive trading as sales fall

Fears of a tough Christmas for retailers were fuelled by WH Smith yesterday as it revealed fresh pressure on sales of its books, stationery and sweets.

The Business On...Kate Swann, Chief executive, WH Smith

Still gliding serenely, or sinking in the retail slowdown?

WH Smith bets on travel to ease its high street woes

WH Smith posted another fall in sales yesterday, but the magazine and stationery retailer said the pace of declines had eased. It added that its profit margins had improved as a result of cost-cutting.

Market Report: International hopes help WH Smith to advance

It may be a British institution, but WH Smith was being praised for its potential beyond these shores last night as the high-street stalwart charged up the mid-tier index.

Wincanton to trim the fat

The new chief executive of Wincanton set out his plans for turning around the haulage company yesterday after its losses topped £25m.

On the Front Foot: Little chance of India having another look at referral system

Nothing demonstrates the impotence of the International Cricket Council more than the umpire decision review system (DRS). It has enhanced the accuracy of verdicts and the sense of theatre (while showing the general excellence of elite officials).

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