Saturday, May 30, 2020

You know change is in the air when the likes of Ashley and Martin...

Strange things happen in a crisis. For one, it can dawn on Mike Ashley that pretending that a sports shop is an essential...

Carluccio’s set to file for administration amid coronavirus shutdown

The Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s and the rent-to-own retailer BrightHouse are expected to be among the first high-street casualties of the coronavirus shutdown,...

The 10 Best scones

The milkman gets an eco-makover as refill service knocks on door

The home delivery model pioneered by milkmen is getting a 21st century makeover as part of the war on plastic. A major new...

John Lewis’s failure to honour its guarantee left me fuming

We spent £18,000 on a new kitchen in 2012. We chose John Lewis for its reputation for customer service. In spring 2016 we noticed...

Supermarkets misleading shoppers with false savings – Which?

Supermarkets appear to be disregarding government pricing guidelines by using misleading discounts and special offers, according to an investigation. The consumer group Which? analysed...

Carpetright shareholder to take on retailer’s debt pile

The largest shareholder in Carpetright has agreed to take on the company’s substantial debt pile and open talks over long-term funding, providing a...

Beyoncé cuts ties with Sir Philip Green and buys out Ivy Park share

Beyoncé has cut her ties with Sir Philip Green, the Topshop tycoon who is battling claims of harassment and bullying. The singer’s company Parkwood...

UK bicycle shops and repairers see a surge in business

Bicycle retailers and repair shops have welcomed the chance to continue trading during the UK’s lockdown after the government labelled them an essential...

UK retailers demand business rate cuts to save high street stores

More than 50 major UK retailers, including Marks & Spencer, Harrods and Iceland, have demanded tax cuts from the government to safeguard the...

Amazon refuses to stop selling Tommy Robinson merchandise

Amazon has refused to pull merchandise in support of Tommy Robinson after it and other online companies were accused of profiting from products...

Key dates in Philip Green’s retail career

Philip Green in a Glasgow outlet of discount store What Every Woman Wants May 1990Fashion chain Amber Day, of which Sir Philip is chief...

Boxing Day sales draw fewer UK shoppers

The number of shoppers visiting retailers on Boxing Day has fallen for the third year in a row as worries about the economy...

Worst July for retail sales since records began

Last month was an awful one for British retailers as they endured their worst July since records began.Total sales increased by...

M&S warns of tough decisions ahead on job cuts and store closures

UK high street stalwart Marks and Spencer invoked the improving fortunes of England’s footballers at its annual meeting on Tuesday, as it pushes...

UK consumers switch to online streaming en masse

Sales of DVDs, CDs and video games plunged by almost a fifth in the three months to the end of June, as consumers...

Dreaming of a green, gift-free Christmas | Brief letters

My husband is dying of cancer. In the 40 years-plus of our marriage we have done so many lovely holiday journeys together, by...

Ben Jennings on Britain's coronavirus composure – cartoon

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Mike Ashley starts legal challenge to Debenhams rescue plan

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has fired off a legal challenge against Debenhams rescue restructure, which was approved by creditors last month. The legal challenge...

Saclà recalls pesto products over peanut contamination fears

The Italian sauce company Saclà is recalling dozens of pesto products, including those sold as own-brand by Waitrose and Aldi, over fears they...

Which big names have fallen victim to the high street crisis?

Thousands of high street jobs have been lost this year as a result of administrations and thousands more are at risk as Mothercare,...

Alcohol sales fuel strong Christmas growth at Lidl

Lidl’s UK business reported an 11 per cent increase in sales over the Christmas period, which the discount retailer said made it the...

Does Majestic's move online spell the end for high street wine?

Supermarkets used to be the bogeyman for the high street wine trade but now the growth of online services and a price squeeze...

Something has to give on UK’s ailing high streets

For UK retail, 2019 has so far proved a continuation of the annus horribilis of 2018. Debenhams, a department store business dating back...

SSP/travel food: hunger games

Like a panic-stricken shopper SSP is filling its trolley with fresh financing while it can. As train stations and airports grind to a...

New bill aims to protect UK shop workers from soaring abuse

Shop workers across the UK will be better protected from soaring levels of violence, verbal and physical abuse under proposed legislation to be...

UK cash usage halves in few days

Cash usage in Britain has halved in the past few days, according to Link, which operates the UK’s biggest network of ATMs. The closure...

UK to change insolvency rules to protect businesses

The UK government has announced new insolvency measures to prevent businesses unable to meet debts due to the impact of coronavirus from being...

Target raised wages. Then it cut workers' hours and doubled their workload

Adam Ryan, 31, has worked at Target in Christiansburg, Virginia, for three years. He works additional jobs whenever he’s able to, but is...