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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 7

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 18

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 10

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 12

September 22, 2018 4:53 PM Co-op to replace plastic bags with compostable carriers

Compostable bags are to replace single-use plastic bags in more than half of Co-op stores, the supermarket has said. It says around 60 million plastic carriers will be replaced with the new bags, which will cost 5p and double as a compostable bag for food waste. Material is certified as compostable if it means it will break down within 12 weeks under 13

September 22, 2018 12:46 AM Stores to sell throwaway fish to end shocking waste at sea

SUPERMARKET chain Iceland is becoming the first in Britain to sell fish which is usually thrown back into the sea as waste. Until now, whiting and pouting have been rejected as the two members of the cod family considered too small by supermarkets. Now Iceland says megrim and grey gurnard, white fish which are rejected by some stores, will be packaged 8

September 13, 2018 6:25 AM John Lewis Partnership profits drop 99 PERCENT: Waitrose owner latest high street victim

JOHN Lewis has announced an eye-watering 99 percent nose dive in half-year profits adding the high street retail giant’s stores are being crushed by the “most promotional market we have seen for almost a decade”. The John Lewis Partnership, which also owns Waitrose, reported that profits before tax crept in at £1.2million, down £95million on the same period 10

September 8, 2018 6:58 PM NATIONAL: Asda customers swipe baskets as 5p bags phased out

Asda pledged in February to end the sale of 5p single-use plastic carrier bags by the end of the year, but customers will still be able to buy larger and sturdier bags for life for 9p. An Asda spokesman said: "After listening to our customers and their concerns about plastic, we made the decision to phase out our single-use plastic bags, in all of our stores 9

September 6, 2018 2:07 PM M&S holding World's Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan

LOCAL branches of M&S have joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support for the World's Biggest Coffee Morning. M&S stores across North Yorkshire are partnering with Macmillan for the ninth year to support local people living with cancer and help them live life as fully as they can. Customers are invited for a coffee and a slice of cake throughout September 15

August 29, 2018 8:33 AM Mike Ashley attacks ‘greedy’ landlords from inside giant pie

SPORTS Direct owner Mike Ashley has attacked ‘greedy’ commercial landlords with bathing in an 18ft meat pie. The businessmen hit out at property owners refusing to let House of Fraser stores pay reduced rents, speaking from the custom-built luxury pie in which he spends his days while women in bikinis ladle gravy over him. He said: “The grabbing bastards 10