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    1. May 27, 2016

      M&S’s buyback smacks of poor judgment and a lack of flair

      Marks & Spencer’s lack of streetwise expertise was cruelly exposed this week. Its profit warning dumped the shares into...

    2. Fast FT

      May 10, 2016

      Opening Quote: EasyJet lifts dividend

      EasyJet is boosting payouts to shareholders, Hiscox has made a “very good start” to the year, Hotel Chocolat has...

    1. May 4, 2016

      Tax arrangement means the Greens both have questions to answer

      It is a pity Lady Green will not be testifying to MPs on the collapse of BHS alongside husband Sir Philip Green. The...

    2. Fast FT

      April 11, 2016

      Clothing retailers' profit growth 'could decline in next 12 months'

      Next’s chief executive Lord Wolfson recently warned that trading this year will probably feel like “walking up the...

    3. March 24, 2016

      Next: crying Wolf

      Here we go again. Next, the UK clothing retailer, has issued a downbeat outlook, warning that this year will be the...

    4. Fast FT

      March 24, 2016

      Opening Quote: 'Experience-related expenditure'; diamonds; 'wub'

      Next says consumers may prefer eating out to buying its clothes, Petra has sold a pink diamond for $15m, Dyson is...

    5. Fast FT

      March 24, 2016

      Next at the bottom of the FTSE after forecast cut

      Shares in Next are falling nearly 8 per cent in early trading after it cut its guidance for the year ahead and chief...

    6. January 11, 2016

      Pacesetting companies and the masochists who run them

      Being a bellwether is no fun. Shepherds used to castrate a ram — or wether — put a bell round its neck and set it to...

    7. Fast FT

      January 5, 2016

      Opening Quote: Next; fat cats; pub economics

      Next sales are under the weather, Asian markets have stabilised and it’s Fat Cat Tuesday! FT Opening Quote, with...

    8. FT Alphaville

      January 5, 2016

      FT Opening Quote

      Next sales are under the weather, Asian markets have stabilised and it’s Fat Cat Tuesday! FT Opening Quote, with...

    9. September 10, 2015

      Next’s assessment of wage hike a lesson in diplomacy from Lord W

      There’s something of the groovy economics teacher about Next’s Lord Wolfson at results time. He usually lards his...

    10. March 19, 2015

      Rifat’s prison sentence indicates front running’s time is up

      City types used to joke that their order books had two columns. One recorded big stock purchases requested by clients....

    11. March 19, 2015

      Next shares fall on warning over slower sales growth

      Shares in Next initially fell more than 5 per cent after the fashion retailer warned of slower sales growth this year,...

    12. December 30, 2014

      Next upbeat on UK consumer economy

      Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next offered an upbeat assessment of the consumer economy as the fashion retailer...

    13. November 2, 2014

      Big business in quest for a standard to rally on EU membership

      The Duke of Wellington said of his troops “I don’t know what effect these men will have on the enemy, but by God they...

    14. October 29, 2014

      Next: weather-beaten Wolfson

      The Bank of England has been quizzing insurers on how climate change affects them. It should have asked Next instead....

    15. September 3, 2014

      Let UK’s towns grow over greenbelt, says feted planner

      Ministers should drop the idea of creating new “garden cities” and instead focus on letting up to 40 existing towns...

    16. FT Alphaville

      July 29, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, NEWS GKN up on strong results, dividend. Thanks to a strong performance at its Driveline auto...

    17. June 10, 2014

      Angelides leaves Next for Abercrombie & Fitch

      Christos Angelides, product director of Next, is leaving the high street fashion chain to become president of...

    18. June 4, 2014

      Lord Wolfson urges Tories to ignore opponents of new towns

      Lord Wolfson, the Conservative peer, has urged his party to ignore the calls of those opposed to creating new towns in...

    19. April 9, 2014

      Next chief hands his £4m bonus to staff

      Lord Wolfson is to distribute his £4m bonus among Next’s 20,000 staff, the second year in succession that the...

    20. March 20, 2014

      The Next big thing

      As fashion chief executives go, Simon Wolfson of Next is techie rather than theatrical. But even this least flamboyant...

    21. March 20, 2014

      Next CEO says economy on brink of ‘sustainable’ recovery

      The British economy is on the cusp of a meaningful recovery, declared Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next, as the...

    22. March 19, 2014

      Partnership must show it still has a role

      JB Priestley had a neat line in plays that play around with the concept of time. Partnership Assurance, the annuities...

    23. January 10, 2014

      Tories have no feelgood guarantee for election

      Conservative hopes of winning next year’s British general election hinge on voters feeling the benefits of economic...

    24. January 10, 2014

      Study the Next handbook on share buybacks

      So dazzled were we at the trading figures from Next last week, that few noticed another instalment in Simon Wolfson’s...

    25. November 14, 2013

      Tory grassroots mow down plans for new garden cities

      Plans for a new generation of garden cities announced by David Cameron last year have been all but killed off after...

    26. November 14, 2013

      Lord Wolfson offers £250,000 prize to design garden city

      A year after gathering ideas on how a eurozone country could leave the single-currency bloc, the organisers of the 2014...

    27. October 14, 2013

      UK retail spending forecast to top £40bn over Christmas

      Christmas spending is poised to top £40bn for the first time this year, offering some hope to the battered British high...

    28. September 17, 2013

      UK heatwave boosts sales for Debenhams

      The summer heatwave boosted sales at Debenhams but the department store chain said it was seeing no signs of an...

    29. September 12, 2013

      Next chief calls end of credit crunch

      Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next, declared that the credit crunch was over, but warned that a sustained economic...

    30. September 12, 2013

      Next chief warns of house price bubble

      Next, the clothing retailer led by Conservative peer Lord Wolfson, has told its shareholders that government support...

    31. July 30, 2013

      Next raises forecast despite swings in British shopping habits

      Next raised its full-year profit forecast by £10m, despite severe swings in shopping habits making it harder to read...

    32. July 3, 2013

      Business leaders back pay rise for MPs

      Business leaders have come out in favour of an inflation-beating pay rise for MPs, arguing that higher salaries are...

    33. May 8, 2013

      Next chief warns of inflationary pressures on clothing sales

      Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next, warned that the squeeze on consumer spending could continue for at least the...

    34. April 16, 2013

      Next staff to share chief’s £2.4m bonus

      Lord Wolfson, the chief executive of Next, has forfeited a £2.4m long-term incentive award, with the payment to be...

    35. March 21, 2013

      Next pledges to fight planning obstacles

      Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next, launched a stinging attack on town councils blocking new shops, as the fashion...

    36. February 1, 2013

      Sheffield city centre loses out in HS2 plan

      Sheffield was dubbed the “Silicon Valley of the industrial revolution” for its 19th century innovations in steelmaking....

    37. January 14, 2013

      Who really wants out of the EU?

      If it came to a British in-out referendum on membership of the EU, how many business leaders would be in the “out”...

    38. January 7, 2013

      Pre-Christmas discounts boost high street

      The stand-off between shoppers and retailers in the critical weeks before Christmas led to steady but not spectacular...

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