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Empty lorry charade: Goods vehicles with no goods form an orderly queue in Kent to demonstrate how the road will cope in a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

In numbers: Sears’ slide 126 Age of the US department store chain Sears, once the largest retailer in the world, but now flirting with liquidation. (...)

The PopMart stage, featuring giant mirrorball lemon on the right

A little after midnight on June 16th, 1997, two Irishmen walked into the US immigration pre-clearance facility at Edmonton International Airport in Ca(...)

The retailer has racked up more than $10 billion in losses since the turn of the decade. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Sears, the department store chain that once dominated the US retail landscape, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday as it finally succumbed to a (...)

Customers at a Sears store during Black Friday sales last November.  Photograph: Andrew Seng/The New York Times

Eddie Lampert, chairman and chief executive of Sears Holdings, is attempting to avert bankruptcy at the department store chain with a plan for a (...)

Clerys was the victim of a property play but the department store concept operated by Clerys had become old hat

US retail giant Macy’s announced this week that it was closing its shop in Dublin as part of a rationalisation of its store network. That was Dublin, (...)

A man works at an electronics store as the Olympic games is shown on tv screens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

In numbers: Keep working 4 Number of workers for every person aged 65 or more in the European Union in 2015. Eurostat estimates suggest that by 2(...)

The people most thankful for Thanksgiving, the biggest holiday in the American calendar, this year appear to have been retailers. The National Retai(...)

Shoppers at a Primark store in Berlin.

Mark Paul, Business Affairs CorrespondentPrimark, the Dublin-headquartered retailer that trades in Ireland as Penneys, has struck a deal with the depa(...)

The US Federal Reserve building in Washington. Minutes released from the Fed’s October meeting showed it expects further improvement in the US jobs market and “would thus warrant trimming the pace of purchases [of bonds] in coming months”.

The Iseq remained broadly flat as shares slid elsewhere across Europe, following gloomy news from China and the US. A gauge of manufacturing in China (...)