Primark joins up with Asos after long ignoring online retailing boom

ABF’s budget fashion chain says it will sell selection of its clothes in ‘limited trial’ with Asos in U-turn of previous policy Just two months after ruling out a move online, the budget fashion chain Primark has announced a partnership to sell a selection of its clothes through Asos. Primark said it had begun a […]
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Hotel and restaurant boom helps economic recovery

CBI quarterly survey shows hotels, bars and restaurants have enjoyed biggest rise in trade in almost six yearsBooming trade in Britain’s hotels and restaurants is paving the way towards an economic recovery, according to the business lobby group the CBI.Its quarterly survey showed that hotels, bars and restaurants enjoyed their biggest rise in trade in […]
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How to buy and sell shares … come boom or doom

With stock markets soaring and then tumbling we explain how to minimise risk when buying and selling shares BUT Doomsayers warn of approaching bear marketGlobal stock markets recently hit levels not seen since the dotcom boom of 2000, then tumbled after a dramatic sell-off in Tokyo. What should investors do? Pick up some bargains marked […]
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UK car sales boom raises industry hopes

Car sales jumped by almost 15% in April compared with the same month last year, defying a slump across EuropeCar sales in the UK continue to storm ahead, defying the present economic climate and in contrast to the dire markets across Europe.Car sales jumped by almost 15% in April compared with the same month last […]
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Housing debt: mortgaging the future | Editorial

Hard times have at least enforced hard-headedness, and a clear majority now have a strategy of some sortsMay you live in interesting times, runs the (supposed) Chinese curse, but there was a moment – and not long ago – when the British were cursed with interest-free times. At the height of the boom in 2007, […]
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Alex Salmond’s Scottish oil boom predictions rejected by OBR

Office for Budget Responsibility predicts that oil revenues will be £7.5bn lower than first minister’s forecastAlex Salmond’s predictions that Scotland will soon enjoy an oil boom have been rejected after the Office for Budget Responsibility stuck to its downbeat predictions about future oil revenues.As George Osborne unveiled a £176m increase in spending for Salmond’s government […]
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Circulation rising while online users boom? This is a web of mystery

So much for conventional wisdom: three national newspapers see ABC print sales rise even as they flourish on the netOne half of the equation goes down, the other goes up. Regional daily newspapers – on the latest ABC-audited sales figures – suffer double-digit falls in the last half of 2012, but their websites bound forward, […]
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