Too much information: Nick Clegg reveals he buys his pants from Marks & Spencer but it's not enough to stop clothing sales slump Deputy Prime Minister gives unnecessary insight into his shopping habitsRetailer reports 7th quarter of falling sales of clothing and homewareChief executive Marc Bolland under pressure after poor 2012 and disappointing Christmas sales. He has previously warned a new general merchandise management team led by John Dixon, the former boss of food, will not make a major impact on sales until M&S launches its autumn/winter collections in July. Too much information! Nick Clegg on dying his hair and what he…
Marks and Spencer reeling over 'poor quality' fashion slump as chief executive faces pressure to stop the rot Chief executive Marc Bolland will be under great pressure from shareholdersThe group is set to report quarterly sales down 4.5 per cent By Simon Watkins and Sam Masters PUBLISHED: 23:27 GMT, 6 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:04 GMT, 7 April 2013 Marks & Spencer is reeling from a strategy disaster of poor-quality clothes aimed at the wrong customers, critics have warned, as the store prepares to register a slump in fashion sales. Fashion-watchers, rivals and shoppers insisted the group needed to abandon cheap products and aim squarely at Britain’s aspiring middle-class women or risk losing ground
As if jobs weren't hard enough to come by: 250,000 UK jobs advertised in EU (compared to France's 14,000) Half of the jobs advertised on a taxpayer funded EU website are in Britain By contrast France advertised just 14,000 posts for other EU worker By Tim Shipman PUBLISHED: 00:35 GMT, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 02:27 GMT, 5 April 2013 Britain is advertising 250,000 jobs in the European Union despite unemployment at home Britain is advertising 250,000 jobs to job seekers in the European Union creating more competition for unemployed people at home. Around half the jobs advertised on a taxpayer funded EU website are in Britain, raising questions about the government’s approach to unemployment
On Christmas Day spend time at church, spend time with family… and spend a little time shopping online, says Church of EnglandChurch spokesman says online shopping is OK, as long as you spend time with your family and at churchChristmas Day 'is not about self-denial'Online spending set to spike today as sales start early | UPDATED: 00:37 GMT, 25 December 2012 The Church of England has urged people not to feel bad about shopping online on Christmas Day, despite concerns about the increased commercialisation of Christmas
Sales frenzy on Christmas Day: As stores lure millions with online bargains Church leaders ask what happened to family time Sales traditionally start on Boxing Day but many retailer have brought theirs forward to try and boost sales Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has voiced concern over the move – claiming we run the risk 'of gadgets taking over our lives' | UPDATED: 23:17 GMT, 23 December 2012 Britain's biggest internet retailers have brought their sales forward to Christmas Eve – and millions of us are expected to carry on shopping online through Christmas Day.
Now shops brace for the 'man dash'! Seven out of ten shoppers on Christmas Eve will be panic buying blokes, say experts Shoppers hit streets for 'most intense' day in build up to ChristmasMeanwhile, 70 per cent of shoppers tomorrow are expected to be men Major stores have already started their seasonal sales offering discountsGap and French Connection have cut prices by up to 60 per centAbout 1.3bn expected to be spent on 'Manic Monday' – nearly 55m an hourAnd the shopping won't stop on Christmas Day with online record predicted | UPDATED: 18:10 GMT, 23 December 2012 Britain's high street Christmas shopping frenzy has finally peaked – with only men still 'panic buying', according to retail bosses.
Desperate stores slash prices again as shoppers shun the high streetMany retailers make more than 40 per cent of sales and profits in the run-up to ChristmasBut they are faced with a slump in the numbers coming through their doorsThe figure is down by 5.7 per cent in out-of-town malls, 5.5 per cent in shopping centres and 2.1 per cent on the high street | UPDATED: 23:27 GMT, 19 December 2012 Desperate retailers are slashing prices as shoppers shun stores, with numbers down by up to 5 per cent compared to last year. Many retailers make more than 40 per cent of sales and profits in the run-up to Christmas, but they are faced with a slump in the numbers coming through their doors. The figure is down by 5.7 per cent in out-of-town malls, 5.5 per cent in shopping centres and 2.1 per cent on the high street, according to the British Retail Consortium.
How Britain's high sales tax 'holds back economic recovery'British shoppers face one of the highest levels of sales tax in the worldAverage sales tax is 15.97%, higher than European average of 15.5%Among Western nations, only Netherlands had higher sales tax at 18.18% | UPDATED: 01:00 GMT, 11 December 2012 Shoppers in Britain face one of the highest levels of sales tax and duty in the world, a study has revealed.
The Christmas gifts that change price daily on the internet: Cost fluctuates by 10% as retailers try to ensure they are the cheapestFigures show that prices of certain products can change by the hourConsumer groups say that the price changes are 'unfair' on customers | UPDATED: 00:18 GMT, 10 December 2012 Christmas shoppers face paying too much when buying presents online – with prices fluctuating by as much as 10 per cent a day, research reveals.
The 12 prep days of Christmas: How organising the big day takes up almost a fortnight Preparations for a typical family Christmas Day take up 12 days, 14 hours and 13 minutes, researchers sayParents spend almost two weeks trying to make December 25 as special as possible | UPDATED: 17:02 GMT, 1 December 2012 Christmas Day comes but once a year – but preparations for December 25 take up almost a fortnight, new research has found.