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The John Lewis Partnership has warned over further department store closures after the pandemic sent it plunging to its first ever annual loss. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The John Lewis Partnership warned more of its department stores would be permanently closed after the “economic earthquake” of Covid-19 sent Britain’s(...)

The UK high street has been one of the worst-hit sectors of the economy there, with the situation mirrored in the Republic. Photograph: iStock

The chief executive of Next, one of the UK’s most successful retailers, has said the shift to online shopping triggered by the lockdown means there is(...)

Boots parent company Walgreens said it plans to close 48 Boots Opticians stores and cut headcount in its UK support office by 20 per cent. Photograph: Ben Stanstall/AFP via Getty Images

Boots staff in the Republic are not included in the parent company’s plan to shed about 4,000 staff, but staff numbers in the North will be cut. Boots(...)

Emmy-winning Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s elegant anti-hero resulted in a “Fleabag effect” with sales of black jumpsuits up 66 per cent. Photograph: Getty

The sofa has become the new fashion front row, with cult television shows such as Fleabag, Peaky Blinders and Stranger Things heavily influencing what(...)

The first-half performance at John Lewis was unusually weak. Photograph: PA

UK retailer John Lewis has issued a stark warning on the possible impact of a no-deal Brexit as the retail group reported a £25.9 million (€33 million(...)

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(...)

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