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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.

Deborah Ross: I'd deny the vote to pizza leafleters

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Richard and Judy in WH Smith deal

Richard and Judy have signed a five-year deal with WH Smith after their Book Club proved such a success for the firm - shifting around two million titles since its launch last year.

WH Smith warns of 'north-south' economic split

The books and stationery retailer WH Smith is seeing a "north south divide" at its travel shops, according to its chief executivem Kate Swann, as it delivered a small rise in half year profits to £64m.

HMV opts for a break-up to ease debt woes

HMV has put its Waterstone's chain of bookshops and the Canadian arm of its business up for sale as the struggling entertainment retailer opts for a break-up to cut its £130m debt.

Do bookshops have a future?

To survive, Waterstone's is planning to copy the very independent stores it put out of business. Will it work in the age of Amazon? All customers want is the personal touch, argues Tim Walker

WH Smith buys 22 stores for £1m

WH Smith bolstered its high-street estate yesterday with the acquisition of 22 stores from the administrator of British Bookshops and Stationers.

Margareta Pagano: WH Smith's investors are right to revolt

Whenever I venture into a WH Smith shop, my heart sinks as the assistants are so miserable, their service sloppy and finding even the plainest of envelopes is a chore.

Investment Column: WH Smith looks good for canny shoppers

Cookson; System C Healthcare

Business Diary: WH Smith ponders move into politics

Curious goings-on at WH Smith, which is seeking permission from shareholders to make political donations of up to £100,000. The newsagent group's current policy is not to make any political donations at all, which is in tune with the prevailing mood among large corporations, most of which stopped making such gifts some years ago. The request is not going down well with corporate-governance groups – Pirc, for example, is urging shareholders to say no. But Smiths insists the term "political" is poorly defined in law and that it needs this vote to be sure some of the charitable donations it makes do not fall foul of the law. There will be no political donations, it promises.

The Business On... Ben Gordon, Chief executive, Mothercare

Is he a new man?

Sales slide puts a dentin 'resilient' WHSmith

WHSmith, the book and stationery retailer, touted a "resilient" performance since September, but underlying sales fell at both its travel and high street divisions.

This pre-nuptial decision isn't just for the rich

Something old, something new, something for the lawyers too

WH Smith boss Kate Swann in line for £4m bonus payment

Kate Swann, the chief executive of WH Smith, who is credited with turning around the once struggling retailer, is set to take home a £4m bonus this year after hitting a number of performance targets.

Waterstone 'keen to take back control' of his bookstores

Tim Waterstone, the founder of the bookshop chain that bears his name, is reportedly mulling a bid to buy back the stores if the current owner, HMV, fails to improve the business by next year. The bid would be valued at £100m or more.

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