John Lewis

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John Lewis’s flagship store in Oxford Street, London. Photograph: iStock

John Lewis has offered a glimmer of hope to the gloom pervading the UK high street after reporting strong sales figures for the Christmas trading peri(...)

Sales of pianos were the most searched for item on the John Lewis website after their  ad featuring Elton John launched, the group said. Photograph: John Lewis & Partners/PA

Perhaps the £5 million John Lewis is rumoured to have spent on its Elton John Christmas advert will be worth it after all: the retailer boasted on Tue(...)

The John Lewis Christmas, The Boy and The Piano, features Elton John. Photograph: John Lewis & Partners/PA

I always suspected that when I died Elton John’s life would pass before my eyes. This is the theme of John Lewis’s Christmas ad. Every year the UK dep(...)

The Marks & Spencer’s store on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The annual orgy of Christmas advertising is about to explode onto our TV screens – and it promises to be every bit as lavish as last year despite the (...)

The approval or disapproval of one’s colleagues may be a better way of making desired behaviour stick than money alone.

Peer pressure has a lot to answer for. Teenagers who start smoking. The strange Japanese tradition of giri choco – “obligation chocolate” - where wome(...)

“A Brexit that pleases nobody in Westminster now seems likely – just about – to be passed.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

As a Brit, but one who has lived mostly in Ireland for the past three decades, the perspective on Brexit that is gleaned from spending some time in th(...)

A €79m Chinese deal to save House of Fraser fell through this week. Photograph: PA Wire

For retail entrepreneur Mike Ashley, British department store chains are like the buses outside their Oxford Street flagships. You wait for ages, and (...)

House of Fraser employs about 5,000 staff. Photograph: PA Wire

House of Fraser is fighting for its survival after the Hong Kong-listed company that also owns toy shop Hamleys abandoned plans to rescue one of the U(...)

Dublin represents the fifth international city location for Leon, which has expanded to 55 locations, most of which are in Britain.

Leon, the multiple award-winning healthy fast food chain which has grown to more than 50 restaurants is to open its first location in Dublin. The UK-(...)

A Zara store, an Inditex brand, in central Madrid, Spain, The world’s biggest clothes retailer reported a slowdown in sales growth in its third quarter as Europe’s warm autumn kept shoppers away. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Inditex, the world’s biggest clothes retailer and owner of Zara, reported a slowdown in sales growth in its third quarter as Europe’s warm autumn kept(...)

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