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December 3, 2018 5:13 PM Mike Ashley calls for online tax to save the High Street

Mike Ashley has called for a new tax on online retailers to help revive ailing town centres. The Sports Direct owner told MPs that the "internet is killing the High Street". His answer is taxing all retailers that make more than 20% of their turnover online - and not just online-only operators. Mr Ashley said a tax would hit his own £400m online operation 15

November 18, 2018 10:36 AM Lush Confirm Bath Bomb Inspired By Ariana Grande’s ‘God Is A Woman’ Music Video

Lush have dropped the release date for their bath bomb inspired by the shimmery tones in Ariana Grande’s ‘God Is A Woman’ music video and we’re updating our Christmas wish list as we speak. For anyone who's been asleep for the past three months, the brand teased that they’d be creating a product based around Ari’s visuals in July after a fan tweeted 17

November 15, 2018 3:00 PM Stormzy to play Glastonbury? Posters in Oxfam stores 'confirm headliner'

A staff member at Glastonbury's Oxfam store confirmed they were keeping the poster up, but would not say where it came from. A Glastonbury Free Press poster which has been put up in some Oxfam stores says the grime artist and rapper will play on the Friday night of the world-famous festival in Somerset. Sky News spoke to a member of staff at the charity's 15

November 5, 2018 8:38 AM Make drivers pay for fuel in advance, says police chief

Service stations should make drivers pay for fuel in advance to prevent theft, a top police officer says. Petrol firms had made it too easy to drive off without paying because they wanted to entice motorists into their shops, said Simon Cole of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC). Mr Cole, who is chief constable for Leicestershire, said 12% of crimes 11

October 24, 2018 7:42 PM 50 stores to CLOSE and THOUSANDS of jobs at RISK'

DEBENHAMS will announce a £500 million loss on Thursday - the biggest in its 240-year history - as it prepares to close up to 50 stores and axe thousands of jobs as it fights for its future on the UK high street, Sky News has reported. It said the department store chain will report the huge annual loss for the 12 months to September 1 tomorrow. The biggest 11

October 24, 2018 9:50 AM Winning ticket in $1.6bn US Mega Millions lottery jackpot

A lottery ticket holder in South Carolina has scooped the largest jackpot in US history. The jackpot numbers were: 28, 70, 5, 62, 65, with a Mega Ball of 5. The odds of choosing those numbers were said to be one in more than 300 million. People had been lining up at service stations and stores nationwide for a chance to win the huge prize. Tickets for the Mega Millions 21

October 15, 2018 12:03 PM Claire's 'considers UK store closures'

Accessories chain Claire's is reported to be considering closing some of its UK stores. The Press Association said the High Street chain was talking to restructuring firms about "a number of options". The chain has more than 370 stores in the UK, according to its most recent accounts. A spokeswoman for Claire's said closing underperforming stores was "part 12

October 10, 2018 11:39 AM Patisserie Valerie warns of potential fraud

Shares in Patisserie Valerie have been suspended after the cafe chain discovered "significant, potentially fraudulent, accounting irregularities". The company said these could cause a "potential material" mis-statement in its accounts. Entrepreneur Luke Johnson owns a 37% stake in the businesses, which also includes Druckers, Philpotts, Baker & Spice 35

October 3, 2018 8:29 AM Tesco shares slide despite best sales growth for a decade

Shares in Tesco have sunk more than 8% despite the UK's biggest supermarket chain reporting an 11th consecutive quarter of rising sales. Across the group like-for-like sales, which remove the impact of new stores, rose 4.2% in the second quarter. Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis said this was the best sales growth in more than a decade. Sales at Booker 15

October 2, 2018 4:45 PM High street sports titans ride into battle for Evans Cycles

JD Sports Fashion and Sports Direct are competing with Halfords to take control of Evans Cycles, Sky News learns. Sky News has learnt that JD Sports Fashion and Sports Direct International both tabled indicative offers for Evans last week, pitting them against Halfords and a number of financial investors. News of JD Sports' and Sports Direct's interest 22