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In recent years M&S’s self-inflicted problems – poor clothing ranges, sub-standard online operation and shabby stores – have been compounded by the malaise afflicting the wider retail sector.

According to the Marks & Spencer chairman, Archie Norman, a place in the flagship FTSE 100 index is no big deal. But then, as M&S is being boo(...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

European shares staged a comeback from early losses on Tuesday as growth sectors led the charge, after a US move to delay tariffs on some Chinese good(...)

Tyrone’s Cathal McShane celebrates scoring a goal. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tyrone 2-15 Cork 2-12 This could have changed everything. After what started out as another strangely subdued Super 8s contest, things soon heated up(...)

BMW 118d: the mix of engaging steering and smooth power delivery, combined with a smart modern cabin, is enough to justify its premium badge

They say necessity is the mother of invention. When BMW’s bean counters decided to forgo the company’s trademark rear wheel-drive format for its smal(...)

Dublin’s Paul Mannion takes on Cork’s James Loughrey during their Super 8s meeting at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dublin 5-18 Cork 1-17 There is usually some lingering doubt about a result that’s not properly decided until the last 10 minutes of a game, only not (...)

Best in class: BMW 3 Series How gratifying it was to hear, when talking to BMW’s senior engineers, that in an age obsessed with crossovers and high S(...)

Best in class: Toyota C-HR Toyota’s funky looking family crossover has been ringing our bell for a while now, not least because it was the first car (...)

Conor Murray and his dejected Munster team-mates after the defeat to Saracens at the  Ricoh Arena, Coventry.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saracens 32 Munster 16 A scoreline reflecting a match that went only one way. Munster will do what they always do, lick their wounds and think of ho(...)

JD Sports has benefitted from its growing overseas presence, as well as its online operation. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

When Mike Ashley threatened in 2011 that he’d “finish off” JD Sports, the response from Peter Cowgill, the boss of his smaller rival, was brief and un(...)

Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee scores a try against Southern Kings during the  PRO14 clash at  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ulster 33 Southern Kings 19 The mood should have been more upbeat, after Ulster’s fourth straight PRO14 win had moved them above Benetton Rugby to ta(...)

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