Shoppers outside a Next store during thevsales on Oxford Street in central London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

British clothing retailer Next reported a 1 per cent rise in sales in the run-up to Christmas in line with its own expectations, confounding fears of (...)

HMV is the first victim of a dismal Christmas for British retail, which saw stores discounting from early December to try to offset competition from Amazon.com. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Music and entertainment retailer HMV has become the first UK casualty of Christmas after disappointing sales over the holiday period. The 97-year-old(...)

Party wines should not be too high in alcohol, but easy to drink with or without food. Photograph: iStock

Wine plays an important role in any successful party. Choosing a wine that will impress your friends (even the wine nerds) is not difficult once you f(...)

Theresa May answers questions after making a statement to the House of Commons on Monday. Photograph: Getty Images

Theresa May met her cabinet members on Tuesday to consider ramping up no-deal preparations with little more than 100 days to go to Brexit, having effe(...)

Asos shares fell over 37 per cent on Monday. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

European shares tumbled on Monday when a profit warning from online fashion retailer Asos sent retail stocks into nose-dive as investors fretted that (...)

At Christmas, there’s no place like home.
Foreign foodies

Jette Verdi Food stylist Jette Verdi is a newly arrived Singapore resident. “My fiancé, baby and I moved to the city in April this year because we ne(...)

Look out for pre-lit Christmas trees to remove the annual light detangling from your to-do list

Turkey bought? Done. List made and checked twice? Check. Champagne on ice? Of course. Yet even the best-laid plans can be derailed by last-minute issu(...)

Rituals of Yalda: the series is inspired by an Iranian end-of-year ritual

Wellbeing is big business, and the beauty industry is taking note. Today more than ever, savvy consumers are paying attention to small brands, ethical(...)

A study should be done on the psychological behaviour of shoppers with vouchers; it would undoubtedly throw up some interesting insights. File photograph: Getty Images

It’s happened to me more than once lately – and the trend is unlikely to change. Yesterday I stepped out at lunchtime to visit a particular store for (...)

Maria Raftery’s Christmas table: ‘I always go all out with a bit of glamour and sparkles’

When it comes to setting the table for the annual festive feast, a little effort is required and so the candles will be lit, the centrepiece beautiful(...)

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