Grafton Street sales. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Stores are closing on a weekly basis on Irish and UK shopping streets in a crisis reminiscent of the US retail apocalypse, and there’s no sign of a bo(...)

Work-related stress: more than 500,000 workers in the UK were signed off last year. Photograph: iStock/Getty

I meet Rich Leigh for a coffee on a Friday, his day off. In fact, his entire company has the day off, because Radioactive PR, the British firm the 30-(...)

Next has upgraded its full-year profit expectations. Photograph: Andrew Winning/File Photo/Reuters

Fashion retailer Next cheered the City on Tuesday by upgrading its full-year profit expectations, admitting it had been too gloomy about the impact of(...)

The flagship John Lewis and Partners retail store in Oxford Street, London. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Profit at Britain’s biggest department store group John Lewis Partnership was wiped out in the first half as it was forced to match discounting by its(...)

Debenhams on Oxford Street: the retailer’s board was forced to rush out a statement to reassure investors. Photograph:  Hannah McKay

It’s been a bleak summer for Britain’s retailers, with the collapse of Poundworld in June, House of Fraser in August and a string of store closures an(...)

John Lewis launched its first Christmas ad in 2007 and then, as now, its primary purpose was to drive sales in the run-up to December 25th. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Can Paddington save Christmas for Marks & Spencer? And what will another cuddly creature – currently still hiding under the bed – be able to do fo(...)

Retailers have been among the hardest hit by the decline of the UK currency, which has resulted in costs and shop prices soaring

The John Lewis Partnership has bemoaned falling consumer demand and cost increases linked to the Brexit-hit pound as it reported a collapse in half-ye(...)

Run on the Rock: when queues of panicked savers formed outside Northern Rock branches in 2007 it was the first run on a British bank since the collapse of Overend & Gurney, in 1866. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

It was 10 years ago on Wednesday that Robert Peston, the BBC’s business editor at the time, stunned the City – and the rest of the UK – by revealing t(...)