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  1. 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 balloon...

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    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 parts...

  1. 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 Abercrombie &...

  2. 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 rural...

  3. 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 retailer’s...

  4. 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 of...

  5. 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 fashion...

  6. 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...

  7. 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 recovery...

  8. 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 share...

  9. 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 running...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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 improvement...

  13. 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...

  14. 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 for new...

  15. 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...

  16. 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 needed...

  17. 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 next 18...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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. Yet,...

  21. 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” camp?...

  22. 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 high...

  23. September 14, 2012

    UK groups spark fears of consumer downturn

    Fresh fears of a consumer downturn were raised this week, as Burberry warned on profits and Next reported that trading over...

  24. September 13, 2012

    UK retailers raise doubts over outlook

    Leading UK retailers raised a fresh alert over the state of the high street on Thursday, with both Next and John Lewis...

  25. September 13, 2012

    Managing Nextpectations

    Next’s commitment to service extends to helping lazy commentators. A quirky, well-written half-year results statement draws...

  26. July 5, 2012

    Capital Economics wins Wolfson prize

    A team from Capital Economics, led by its founder Roger Bootle, was on Thursday announced as the winner of the Wolfson prize...

  27. May 2, 2012

    Next blames wet weather for lower sales

    Next has blamed a reluctance among shoppers to brave the UK’s recent wet weather for a decline in sales at its retail...

  28. April 9, 2012

    Wealthier shoppers start to feel upbeat

    Britain’s more affluent shoppers are starting to feel more upbeat about their financial prospects after a dip at the end of...

  29. April 3, 2012

    Awful aftermath of eurozone break-up

    Eurozone leaders really do not need a renewed focus on the break-up of the single currency. It should be no surprise that it...

  30. April 3, 2012

    Dutch boy’s doodle steals prize limelight

    An eleven-year-old Dutch boy has stolen the limelight in a UK-organised prize competition on breaking up the eurozone with a...

  31. March 22, 2012

    Next warns of gloom on the high street

    Next has thrown down the gauntlet to John Lewis and Marks and Spencer with plans for up to 19 mini department stores over...

  32. March 14, 2012

    Coalition not seen as business friendly

    One in three of the UK’s biggest companies think that the coalition government is not business friendly, according to the...

  33. February 10, 2012

    Cameron calls for truce on bonuses

    David Cameron has called for a truce in the battle over bank bonuses in an attempt to repair fractured relations with the...

  34. February 6, 2012

    Cameron urged to hold firm on banker pay

    David Cameron is facing renewed calls to take a stronger stance on bankers’ pay ahead of a key Commons debate this week. As...

  35. February 1, 2012

    Business split over Goodwin and Hester

    One of David Cameron’s most senior business allies has spoken out against politicians’ treatment of Fred Goodwin, saying the...

  36. January 4, 2012

    Rival discounts take toll on Next

    Next, the fashion chain, warned of a further difficult year for Britain’s struggling retailers and raised fears for the high...

  37. December 27, 2011

    Companies dig into share buy-backs

    From AstraZeneca’s January announcement that it would double its $4bn share buy-back programme to Compass’ recent unveiling...

  38. December 22, 2011

    Businesses back Cameron’s EU treaty veto

    David Cameron’s use of the veto in Brussels has been hailed as a diplomatic coup which should be welcomed in boardrooms...

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