Bottles of Penfolds: one of the brands owned byTreasury Wine Estates.  Photograph: David Gray/Reuters
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In numbers: wine wars 2 Number of bids received by the world’s biggest listed winemaker, Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates. The first bid is from US p(...)

Sales at Debenhams stores open over a year rose 0.7 per cent in the 14 weeks to June 7th, the company has reported. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Department store chain Debenhams said underlying sales rose slightly in its latest trading period, as it shifted its strategy to have fewer days on pr(...)

The Ramones: Gold standard

‘Voice, guitar, bass, drums. Simple, speedy, stripped-down rock’n’roll.” Eddie Vedder’s description of The Ramones’ eponymous 1976 debut album mimicke(...)

Lily Allen: these days it’s all about showing up at  product launches

With a No 1 single in Ireland and the UK and strong showing in all the European charts, Lily Allen did very well with her comeback single last Decembe(...)

John Lewis: he said he had been arrested about 40 times during civil rights campaigns and Montgomery police chief Kevin Murphy, in 2013, was the first police officer to apologise. Photograph: Douglas Graham/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images

When US congressman John Lewis, the civil rights leader who walked beside Martin Luthe(...)

The expected fall in the John Lewis staff bonus – the last drop was in March 2012 – shows employee ownership can have a downside.

John Lewis Partnership, the employee-owned British retailer, is expected to announce a cut in its staff bonus this week, as it counts the cost (...)

A model presents a creation from the John Rocha autumn/winter 2014 collection during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Reuters/Olivia Harris

Fashion occasionally mirrors life, but was it mere coincidence that so many collections at London Fashion Week at the weekend featured rainwear(...)

A Next store on Oxford Street in Central London. The fashion chain joined the list of Christmas retail winners as it said sales over the festive season had been significantly better than expected. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Next, Britain’s second largest clothing retailer, raised its annual profit forecast after fourth quarter sales came in significantly ahead of its expe(...)

You know the drill by now: it will be a young female singer and the song will be a cover version of an already big-selling hit. There’ll be a syrupy s(...)

Next posted an  increase in first-half profit but was reliant on a strong performance from its  internet business to offset sales falls in traditional stores

Some of Britain’s biggest retailers yesterday cast doubt over signs of economic recovery, saying consumer spending was likely to remain subdued until(...)