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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Is the timing right for an Australian republic? | Michelle Grattan

Malcolm Turnbull has suggested that the first step in a new attempt to get a republic should be an online plebiscite. But will the Australian public be swayed?Malcolm Turnbull, who for years after the 1999 referendum defeat was reluctant to talk about a republic, has now set out a detailed blueprint for achieving the goal, […]
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Markets rally as Ben Bernanke backs further quantitative easing

Federal Reserve chief makes clear he has no intention of cutting short $85bn-a-month stimulus programme in near futureGlobal markets continued their rally on Wednesday as Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, made clear he had no intention of cutting short his $85bn-a-month (£56bn) quantitative easing programme in the near future.The US economy was […]
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Fed chairman Ben Bernanke: stimulus programme not creating ‘bubbles’

Stock markets rise after Federal Reserve head tells Congress quantitive easing to continue and criticises government cutsFederal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke denied his $85bn-a-month stimulus programme was creating new financial bubbles as he updated Congress on his views on the US economic recovery on Wednesday.The Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing programme has helped drive US stock […]
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The founders of Plümo offer their tips for your summer wardrobe

Esther and Verena Roth, founders of Plümo, tell us what’s making stylish online shoppers click this summerFor the Roth sisters, an open-minded approach to is key. Esther is the business brain behind Plümo, the brand she set up 15 years ago and where she was joined seven years later by her younger sister, Verena, who […]
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Write for us on … the job market | The people’s panel

If you’re unemployed, how have you found the job hunt of late? And employers, are record numbers applying for each vacancy?A survey of human resource managers has found that 45 people are applying for every low-skilled job available. The report is peppered with stories of cafes and coffee shops inundated with applications for jobs that […]
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British Gas owner Centrica enjoys profits boost after cold snap

Centrica says it will try to avoid more price rises for as long as possible as it faces protests at annual meeting on MondayBritish Gas’s owner, Centrica, enjoyed a huge boost from the cold snap as consumers turned up the heating, driving consumption up by almost a fifth compared with last year.The company, which raised […]
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Waitrose fears conflict of interest in Ocado/Morrisons deal

Lawyers at the John Lewis Partnership are understood to be combing through the exclusive grocery supply contract between Waitrose and OcadoWaitrose bosses have asked for legal advice about online grocer Ocado’s discussions with their supermarket rival Morrisons and believe a conflict of interest is inevitable if a deal is reached.The row came as Ocado suffered […]
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MPs push for third Heathrow runway

Transport select committee says expanding Britain’s biggest airport is ‘long overdue’ and vital to UK’s place in the worldMPs have urged the government to press ahead with a third runway at Heathrow and said a fourth should be considered, dismissing calls for a new airport east of London.The transport select committee said expansion at Britain’s […]
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