Rivals in talks to buy parts of Phones 4U

Deals could save close to half the retailer’s 5,500 jobs at risk

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Alibaba: From FOMO to FOGI

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New UK distillers jump threefold in a year

Success of boutique alcohol brands boosts licence applications

Private equity interests killed Phones 4U

Owners put financial interests over operational strategy

Air France workers to extend strike

Industrial action over cost cutting to enter a second week

Woodford raises stake in Game Digital

Fund manager buys up shares put on market by Elliott Advisors

Africa’s elite reaches for the finer things in life

Demand is highest in South Africa and Nigeria, but there is rising interest across the continent

Vodafone deal saves 900 Phones 4U jobs

Group to purchase 140 stores from administrator PwC

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British retail group chief Andy Clarke says it’s ‘now business as usual’

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Scotch industry happy with result but fear higher taxes

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Japanese group symbolises fall of country’s tech titans

Warm weather cools John Lewis sales

Store chain’s takings fall 3.5% as shoppers delay buying coats

Coffee groups seek bids for French brands

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