BAT in deal to settle asbestos dispute

Payout ends tobacco group’s seven-year legal battle with Flintkote

Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street.
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‘Nail-biting’ weekend looms for retailers

UK stores fear impact of Black Friday deals on Christmas shopping

L'Oreal Make Up Genius App

France issues €951m price-fixing fines

Record penalty for L’Oréal and consumer goods groups

Oracle on fire after success in the cloud

US stocks bounce back on gains for tech and energy

Avon pays $135m to settle China bribery probe

Ends six-year US investigation into its Chinese business

Li Ning: energy boost

Sportswear maker asks for more capital

Li Ning tumbles on fundraising plan

Shares of troubled Chinese sportswear brand fall to 10-year low

Foreign websites click with Korean shoppers

Bargain-hunters are choosing the web over bricks-and-mortar stores

Banks flouted analyst rules for IPO role

Favourable research offered for business from Toys ‘R’ Us

Johannesburg SE in Africa gateway play

New initiative to tempt London and NY-listed groups to dual list

Pessina to run Walgreens Boots Alliance

Temporary appointment is a reversal of earlier plans

Sports Direct shrugs off England team woes

Sportswear retailer withstands warm autumn to boost pre-tax profits 9.8%

The etailer that spares India’s blushes

Blissbasket finds a way to tap Indians’ private desires

Supermarket stocks hit bottom of FTSE 100

Tesco’s fourth profit warning spooks wider sector

Strong pound hits Asos’s overseas sales

Online fashion retailer reports ‘challenging’ trading conditions

Sharp displays may be the shape of things to come

Growth is likely to come from the auto sector as consumer electronics slows

Titans slim down and fight back

Some companies are finally trying to improve shareholder returns

Global Brands Group: Beckham on board

Exploiting the pulling power of celebrity

Mulberry falls into the red

First-half revenues fell 17% but sales in the nine weeks to November were encouraging

Coach and rivals bid for Stuart Weitzman

Offers expected to value woman’s shoemaker at up to $700m

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