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Other shares in Woodford’s portfolio have turned in poor performances, such as online estate agent Purplebricks. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty

Turning an investment of £1,000 into £23,000 during his stellar 25-year reign at money management firm Invesco Perpetual earned Neil Woodford the acco(...)

Arcadia’s Sir  Philip Green: fears mount for the future of his Topshop to Burton and Miss Selfridge conglomerate and the 18,000 it employs. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe

Hosting a lavish Grand Prix party aboard his super-yacht in Monaco was probably not the most sensible move by Sir Philip Green at the weekend, as he b(...)

Pete Redfern, chief executive of Taylor Wimpey: scrapped plans to buy  a discounted £2.04 million apartment due to “a personal decision”.  Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

It’s gratifying when a boss is keen to buy his company’s products, but it’s not so impressive when he’s been offered an incentive of several hundred t(...)

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(...)

Mike Ashley: widely admired for his retail expertise but his reputation as a deal-maker has been dealt a serious blow. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when Mike Ashley was known as “Britain’s answer to Howard Hughes”. Back in 2006 the reclusive sports goods(...)

Superdry co-founder Julian Dunkerton: he   is to rejoin the company’s board, triggering a mass exodus of the current management. Photograph: : Superdry/PA Wire

It wasn’t much of a welcome back for Julian Dunkerton: as the co-founder of Superdry celebrated a dramatic return to the board of the company he creat(...)

Marks & Spencer in Huddersfield, Yorkshire: over 1,000 jobs   are at risk as the retailer announced its latest round of store closures as part of a drastic transformation plan. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

For more than 100 years, there’s been a Marks & Spencer in Hull city centre, one of the high street retailer’s oldest locations. Soon, however, l(...)

The filling in Greggs’ new vegan sausage roll is made out of the company’s own bespoke Quorn filling. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Britain’s hard-pressed retailers are queuing up to deliver news of how they fared over the festive season, culminating in “Super Thursday” tomorrow, b(...)

British prime minister Theresa May insists delivering the deal agreed with Brussels remains top priority but her government has decreed emergency no-deal plans must now be implemented. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

“Just because you’ve put a seatbelt on, it doesn’t mean you should crash the car.” That, according to the numerous leaks that have marked British cab(...)

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 (...)

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