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Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:13:54 GMT

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Sports Direct chairman slams critics as profits fall 57%

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:41:43 GMT

Keith Hellawell hits out at criticism as chain buys £40m executive jet



Bookmakers hit by demand for betting machine curbs

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:13:54 GMT

Politicians call for crackdown on terminals that allow £100 bets every 20 seconds



William Hill: the empty throne

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:18:17 GMT

It is illuminating when those in the know say no



Ikea shake-up seeks to nail online sales boost

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:36:22 GMT

Flat-pack retailer ramps up efforts to target digital customers



Parents turn entrepreneurial to make better gifts

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:34:48 GMT

Technology that encourages children to get up and do rather than sit back and watch



Gifts galore create a jam in office postrooms

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:04:48 GMT

Online retailers look at ways to bring back impulse buys, writes Izabella Kaminska



Japan passes bill to lift ban on casinos

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:16:37 GMT

Global gaming operators watch closely after first step towards $40bn market



Lego puts ‘two in a box’ to build for future

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:31:36 GMT

New chairman says structural change will be liberating for incoming British CEO



Lego shakes up its structure to seek new deals

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:12:21 GMT

Toymaker appoints first non-Dane as chief and gives family more active role



Burberry: not Coach class

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:25:54 GMT

The luxury goods retailer decided that life with its US rival was not fashionable



Amazon to launch checkout-free offline store

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:23:05 GMT

Online retailer introduces ‘Just Walk Out’ tech for first physical supermarket



Sotheby’s creates forensic unit to spot forgeries

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:07:41 GMT

Auction house this year repaid a US buyer £8.4m for a forged Frans Hals painting



Drinks companies cut sugar content as tax looms

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:30:44 GMT

Coca-Cola and Lucozade Ribena react to draft legislation aimed at fighting obesity



Beware of forcing public rules on private companies

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:35:22 GMT

Theresa May would be better mending existing legislation before setting new rules



Burberry spurned takeover approaches from Coach

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:05:13 GMT

A deal would have created a global fashion group with a market value above $20bn



Holiday season to test Walmart’s strategy revamp

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:03:57 GMT

Retailer looks to break Amazon’s market-leading grip on ecommerce



Starbucks: Freshen the cup

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:42:34 GMT

A new boss comes as growth has slowed



BHS administrators split over £35m owed to Green

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:35:49 GMT

FRP Advisory is investigating debt owed by the failed department store chain to Arcadia Group



China food rules dent Australia baby formula maker

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:51:37 GMT

Shares in Bellamy’s fall 40% after changes to Chinese food regulations



Christmas comes too early for tree farmers

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:32:47 GMT

Moist and warm conditions have made UK firs grow too quickly, reducing quality   



Archer Daniels Midland sells 19.9% GrainCorp stake

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:15:36 GMT

US commodities merchant abandons Australian group it once sought to own outright



Food groups embrace ‘shrinkflation’

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:34 GMT

Change to package size is latest weapon in fight to maintain margins



Howard Schultz steps aside as Starbucks’ chief

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:04:10 GMT

Billionaire hands reins to right-hand man Kevin Johnson but retains chairmanship



Dollar General: be cents-ible

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:11:47 GMT

Chain must balance its growth ambitions with the pressure on its profitability



Weak pound drives Europe’s online shoppers to UK

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:37:58 GMT

Sharp jump in number of parcels being sent to continental Europe and Ireland