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  1. May 21, 2014

    Fortuna Entertainment’s Wilf Walsh takes helm at Carpetright

    Wilf Walsh will take the helm at Carpetright after spending 20 years working in retail. A graduate of law studies from Leeds...

  2. March 9, 2014

    Old vinyl factory in west London gets back in the groove

    A derelict complex of buildings in west London where the records of Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix were pressed...

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  2. Special Report: Mid-Market Companies 2013

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  1. January 13, 2014

    Fears mount over empty UK shops

    Britain’s high streets face an empty shops crisis as a wave of retailers’ leases begin to expire, offering them the chance...

  2. October 28, 2013

    The rebranding of HMV

    Client: HMV Agency: The Council Territory: UK Verdict: 2/5 Reports of HMV’s death were overblown. Yes, the UK CD and...

  3. October 23, 2013

    Ineos’s Grangemouth move a poor reflection on UK manufacturing

    It would be comforting to believe that the impending closure of the Grangemouth petrochemicals plant is the result of an...

  4. September 20, 2013

    ENRC @ a loss over Twitter

    For ENRC, it is the final insult. The Kazakh mining company, which is due to be dropped from the FTSE 100 on Monday, has...

  5. June 11, 2013

    Upmarket Dwell furniture stores to bring in administrators

    Furniture retailer Dwell could file a notice to appoint administrators as early as this week, with Duff & Phelps lined up as...

  6. June 7, 2013

    Fate of embattled Dwell to be decided within days

    The future of Dwell is close to being decided, with buyers including retail restructuring groups circling the upmarket...

  7. May 15, 2013

    Amazon grants almost match tax bill

    Amazon received nearly as much in government grants as it paid in UK tax in 2012, according to new figures likely to stoke...

  8. April 5, 2013

    Hilco strikes deal to rescue HMV

    HMV, the collapsed entertainment retailer, has been rescued by Hilco, the restructuring specialist, saving about 2,500 jobs...

  9. April 4, 2013

    Insolvencies at lowest for eight years

    The number of UK companies falling into administration over the past three months has dropped to its lowest level in eight...

  10. March 31, 2013

    Rates push small retailers off high streets

    In the affluent London suburb of Clapham, where three-bedroom houses go for close to £1m without much trouble, a forlorn...

  11. March 31, 2013

    Sir Charles Dunstone, Carphone Warehouse: from phones to burgers

    For a man steeped in the traditions of the high street, Sir Charles Dunstone is surprisingly blasé about the likely demise...

  12. March 28, 2013

    Dragons’ Den Jones reopens Jessops

    Jessops, the photography retailer, made a surprise return to the high street on Thursday as Peter Jones, the entrepreneur,...

  13. March 24, 2013

    Blockbuster rescued by private equity group

    Blockbuster UK, the entertainment retailer that fell into administration in January, has been bought by Gordon Brothers...

  14. March 22, 2013

    HMV on verge of emerging from bankruptcy

    HMV could emerge from bankruptcy as soon as this weekend as Hilco, the retail restructuring group which owns the...

  15. March 15, 2013

    Killing off our bookshops? Who dunnit?

    It was as I was leaving one of those huge and beautiful New York bookstores that the feelings kicked in. It was, I realised,...

  16. March 12, 2013

    John Lewis puts on squeeze suppliers

    John Lewis department stores, often held up as a model of responsible capitalism, has become the latest retailer to put...

  17. March 11, 2013

    Change confronts UK high street

    Britain’s high streets are in crisis. According to the Local Data Company, a retail information provider, the recent spate...

  18. March 8, 2013

    Retailers: Austerity and online competition challenge stores

    This year is proving to be an unlucky one for British retailers, with mid-market companies under particular pressure. Since...

  19. March 1, 2013

    D-day for downloads

    The US federal court for northern California is housed in a huge 1950s modernist office block in the centre of San...

  20. February 28, 2013

    Sports Direct buys Republic

    Sports Direct has bought the collapsed youth fashion chain Republic in a deal that analysts estimate to be worth between...

  21. February 28, 2013

    UK high street closures accelerating

    Stores are disappearing from British high streets faster than ever before after a spate of retail casualties. Retailers with...

  22. February 27, 2013

    Intu weathers high street storm

    The UK’s largest shopping centre owner tried to shrug off the carnage in the retail sector on Wednesday as it said it would...

  23. February 20, 2013

    HMV closes another 37 stores

    HMV will close another 37 stores across the UK, putting 464 people out of work as administrators at the collapsed record...

  24. February 19, 2013

    Thousands more shops set to close

    Retail administrations mean thousands more shops could close in the coming year leaving one in six stores empty on high...

  25. February 17, 2013

    UK needs spending cuts and less red tape

    Prime Minister David Cameron’s success this month in securing the first cut in the EU’s budget marks an important shift away...

  26. February 15, 2013

    Upbeat Daunt seeks to turn round Waterstones

    For entertainment retailers, 2013 has been an unlucky number. Last month saw the collapse of both HMV and Blockbuster in the...

  27. February 12, 2013

    Fashion chain Republic close to collapse

    Republic, the youth fashion brand, is poised to enter administration as early as Wednesday, adding to the grim toll on the...

  28. February 7, 2013

    HMV details 66 store closures

    HMV is closing 66 lossmaking stores in a move that will see the struggling entertainment retailer survive with a footprint...

  29. February 1, 2013

    Insolvencies at lowest level since 2008

    The number of people who declared themselves insolvent fell last year to the lowest level since the financial crisis began...

  30. February 1, 2013

    Zombies disappearing as UK conditions ease

    Business conditions in the UK eased a little in the fourth quarter, with some of the worst-hit industries showing tentative...

  31. February 1, 2013

    Dragons’ Den Jones snaps up Jessops

    Jessops, the camera retailer that collapsed into administration in January, has been snapped up by a group of investors...

  32. January 31, 2013

    HMV suppliers resist cut-price deal

    HMV’s administrator Deloitte is attempting to pay rock-bottom prices to buy up the CDs, DVDs and video games provided to it...

  33. January 30, 2013

    Made.com vows to stay street wise

    Making money in Notting Hill is not as easy as it once was. On the high street that runs through the affluent west London...

  34. January 30, 2013

    Shelves need not be stacked against media

    In 1949, the publisher of Life wrote that the 21 newsstands in Grand Central station each sold a large enough pile of his...

  35. January 24, 2013

    Retailers call for action on tax avoidance

    High street retailers are putting pressure on the government to deliver a level playing field on tax, or at the very least...

  36. January 24, 2013

    Retail sales boost high street hopes

    UK retailers have had a better start to the year than they feared, according to findings from the CBI employers’ group,...

  37. January 23, 2013

    Hilco in talks to buy Jessops

    Hilco UK, the retail restructuring group that has taken effective control of HMV, is the frontrunner to acquire the Jessops...

  38. January 23, 2013

    WH Smith sees no boost from HMV collapse

    WH Smith said it had no plans to beef up its sales of CDs and DVDs despite the collapse of HMV and the expected contraction...

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