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23 апреля, 02:05

When an M&S closes, you lose more than a store | Barbara Ellen

Retailers should try to keep a presence on the high street, lest we forget themMarks & Spencer is planning six big regional store closures in Portsmouth, Warrington, Slough, Worksop, Wokingham and Monks Cross, near York. Portsmouth council, whose £300m city redevelopment starts next month, says that it is saddened by the news and you can see the point. It’s not quite the case yet that every time an M&S store shuts a retail fairy dies, but it’s getting close.M&S also announced that it is opening 36 smaller stores (mainly focused on food), which will create jobs, and has pledged to offer the 380 staff affected by the closures the opportunity to be reassigned. There are other big M&S branches near the closing shops, within walking distance or a short drive away. The closures were part of a reaction to the pressures facing all retailers, relating to seismic changes in shopping habits, notably the vastly increased public preference for shopping online. Continue reading...

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20 апреля, 19:57

Attack the block: how grime’s visuals went pop

The rough, grainy style of early grime videos made perfect sense for a genre that prided itself on gritty realism. But why are Charli XCX to Dua Lipa suddenly getting in on the act? And what do the originators make of it all?With grime’s recent and unexpected acceptance into the mainstream, it’s no surprise that stylistic accoutrements and cash-ins followed. In 2017, you can buy T-shirts in H&M with “GRIME” emblazoned on them, catch Ghetts popping up on your Instagram feed in sponsored posts advertising Clarks shoes, or head to Airbnb for a £190, three-day “grime experience” in London with a dedicated tour guide. The moment in Withnail and I when Danny intones sadly, “They’re selling hippy wigs in Woolworths, man,” has arrived for grime, as it does for all genres.One unexpected consequence of this has been an increase in popularity of the video iconography that used to be consigned to cheap-and-cheerful DIY grime DVDs, or the late, lamented UK urban-music station Channel U: a vision of the British capital dominated not by Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, but brutalist tower blocks, chicken shops, off-licences, bus stops and bored teenagers mucking about on council estates. A bit of borrowed urban grit is not a new thing in music videos – think of Aphex Twin (and Chris Cunningham’s) dystopian Thamesmead in Come to Daddy – but tower blocks now seem to be everywhere, often without any obvious reason. Continue reading...

18 апреля, 19:44

Did you lose your job when BHS went into administration?

The collapse of BHS led to thousands of job losses, and a huge pension deficit. If you were affected, we’d like you to share your experience with usThe controversial collapse of the BHS department store chain last April, led to the loss of 11,000 jobs and left a pension deficit assessed at £571m. It was the biggest high street failure since Woolworths went out of business in 2008.According to research by the Guardian, just 52 of BHS’s 164 stores have found new tenants or have deals on the table ahead of this week’s anniversary. Continue reading...

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16 апреля, 18:30

Two-thirds of BHS stores lie empty as anniversary of collapse nears

Only 52 of 164 stores have new tenants or deals in the offing as changing shopping habits cut demand for large premisesA year after the collapse of the department store chain BHS, more than two-thirds of its former stores still lie empty, blighting the UK’s high streets and shopping centres. According to research by the Guardian, just 52 of BHS’s 164 stores have found new tenants or have deals on the table ahead of next week’s anniversary of the biggest high street failure since Woolworths went out of business in 2008. Continue reading...

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29 марта, 20:34

Poundland takes on Asda with low-cost clothing range

Chain looks to fill gap in the high street left by collapse of Woolworths as part of broader strategy to sell items priced over £1Poundland is to put value fashion into more than 100 stores by the end of the year as it tries to step into the gap on the high street once filled by Woolworths.The chain, which was bought by the South African group Steinhoff International for £610m in September, expects to put Pep&Co clothing outlets in up to 200 of its 850 stores over the longer term. Pep&Co is also also owned by Steinhoff. Continue reading...

10 марта, 21:00

Ed Sheeran's dominance of the Top 20 is a only a symptom of how sick the charts are

With endless streaming on services such as Spotify, one artist was bound to dominate the Top 40 at some point. Can the charts be fixed?I’ll never forget the worst Top 40 of my young life. In autumn 1998, Cher’s Believe was No 1 for seven weeks. As a nine-year-old chart fanatic, I was raging. Who was this ageless cyborg? What was she doing in my charts? Wasn’t hogging the top spot against the rules? (Rules I had made up – like thinking an album had to contain 10 songs.) If it hurt when she kept Steps’ Heartbeat from its rightful No 1 spot, it was nothing compared with the injustice she dealt to Bryan Adams and Mel C’s When You’re Gone. I had a devout faith in the UK Top 40 as a beacon of all that was right and true. But looking back on the charts of my childhood, they resemble the toy aisle in Woolworths, full of plasticky pop that would have repulsed fans of Britpop, which had dominated proceedings just a couple of years earlier. Still, I kept faith for a few more years. Related: Ed Sheeran: ÷ review – everybloke charm fails to mask Divide's calculating soul Continue reading...

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31 января, 10:21

6 Celebrity Couples Who May Be Getting Married

These 5 celebrity couples have been in a serious relationship for quite some time and there are rumors they may be getting engaged.

04 января, 17:30

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: BP, ExxonMobil, SeaDrill, Petrobras and Eni

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: BP, ExxonMobil, SeaDrill, Petrobras and Eni

03 января, 22:15

Oil & Gas Stock Roundup: BP's Australia Buy, Exxon's New Gas Find and More

Heading into the New Year, both oil and natural gas futures surged to multi-month highs after gaining handsomely in 2016.

29 декабря 2016, 10:55

Фондовые индексы большинства стран Европы снизились в среду, британский FTSE 100 вырос до рекорда

Большинство фондовых индексов Западной Европы слабо снизились в среду, тогда как британский индикатор обновил исторический максимум на фоне роста котировок акций горнодобывающих компаний.

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28 декабря 2016, 21:18

BP to buy Woolworths retail outlets in Australia for $1.8 billion (Aus.)

BP PLC has purchased Australian retailer Woolworths’ national chain of retail outlets for $1.8 billion (Aus.). The deal includes 527 fuel convenience sites and 16 development sites around Australia.

28 декабря 2016, 18:17

Stock Market News for December 28, 2016

Benchmarks started the holiday shortened week on a positive note with the Nasdaq hitting a new record high on the back of gains in tech stocks.

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28 декабря 2016, 17:46

BP fills up with $1.3bn Australian petrol station deal

BP will pay $1.3bn to buy more than 500 service stations from Woolworths, the Australian supermarket.

28 декабря 2016, 15:51

BP to Buy Woolworths Australian Gas Stations for $1.3B

BP plc (BP) has agreed to shell out A$1.785 billion ($1.3 billion) for Woolworths Ltd.'s portfolio of Australian gas stations in a deal that will likely make the London-based oil company one of the nation's biggest fuel providers.

28 декабря 2016, 12:36

Европейские индексы в основном слабо снижаются в среду

Большинство европейских фондовых индексов слабо снижается в среду, британский индикатор растет вслед за котировками акций горнодобывающих компаний.

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28 декабря 2016, 11:18

BP приобретет часть заправочных станций Woolworths

Британская нефтегазовая компания BP договорилась о приобретении части заправочных станций австралийской сети супермаркетов Woolworths. Сообщается, что в рамках сделки, стоимость которой оценивается в 1,79 млрд австралийских долларов ($1,29 млрд), BP приобретет 527 заправочных станций и еще 16 площадок для их строительства вдобавок к более чем 350 имеющимся по всей стране и примерно к 1000 контрактов на поставку топлива независимым АЗС.

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28 декабря 2016, 09:47

BP приобретет часть заправочных станций Woolworths

Британская нефтегазовая компания BP договорилась о приобретении части заправочных станций австралийской сети супермаркетов Woolworths. Сообщается, что в рамках сделки, стоимость которой оценивается в 1,79 млрд австралийских долларов ($1,29 млрд), BP приобретет 527 заправочных станций и еще 16 площадок для их строительства вдобавок к более чем 350 имеющимся по всей стране и примерно к 1000 контрактов на поставку топлива независимым АЗС.

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26 декабря 2016, 03:31

George Michael: world mourns pop star and gay rights champion – tributes and reactions

We followed all the reaction to the death of the pop superstar famous for hits including Last Christmas, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Careless Whisper• Full report: George Michael, pop superstar, dies at 53• Out and proud: a champion of gay rights• Obituary: Britain’s biggest pop star of the 80s• Owen Jones: George Michael was a defiant gay icon• Share your tributes and memories• His songs were more than simple tales of lust and longing 5.47pm GMT And if you’re keen to continue reading, check out Owen Jones’s opinion piece on why Michael was a defiant gay icon, Alexis Petridis on the singer’s singular path to stardom, and Bob Stanley on why Wham! were the most misunderstood group of the 1980s. 5.46pm GMT We are now closing this live blog for the day. Thank you for joining us. Continue reading...