Retail

My approach to wine? Wishful drinking

4 June 2022 9:00 am

I fancy myself as a bit of an oenophile and during the lockdowns, when my local branch of Majestic was…

How profitable are Britain’s biggest oil companies?

28 May 2022 9:00 am

A slip of the tongue George W. Bush condemned a political system where one man could wage a ‘brutal and…

Why nothing ever comes ‘for free’

21 May 2022 9:00 am

‘It’s not as nice as it looks,’ said my husband, not leaving time to look it in the mouth before…

Could Haldane have helped save us from inflation?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Would Andy Haldane, the economist who left the Bank of England to run the Royal Society of Arts, have made…

Is ours the oddest high street in the land?

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The window of the new shop was as brightly coloured as a circus entrance, and stuffed full of items bearing…

Why are so many classic British brands going downmarket?

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Why are so many classic British brands going downmarket?

Why cash is still king to me

22 January 2022 9:00 am

In defence of hard cash

Are banking apps luring young people into debt?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Are banking apps luring under-thirties into debt?

The problem with online property searches

23 October 2021 9:00 am

In 1966, the legendary adman David Ogilvy set out to buy a home in France. He boarded a transatlantic liner…

How to solve the looming pigs-in-blankets crisis

4 September 2021 9:00 am

This is getting serious. Never mind global shortages of microchips, plastics, copper and container ships; now we’re running out of…

Why filling Santa’s sack will cost more this year

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey looks increasingly uncomfortable as inflation notches upwards from ‘nothing to worry about’ towards the…

Will a John Lewis home be up Boris and Carrie’s street?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

The Financial Times carried a curious story at the weekend about ‘the secretive process to elect the Lord Mayor of…

Why private equity sharks are shopping at Morrisons

26 June 2021 9:00 am

The late Sir Ken Morrison — founder of the eponymous supermarket chain that’s the latest UK target for US private…

Is Farrow & Ball’s business model flaking?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The happiest thing that happens in May is the coming into leaf of my long beech hedge. The shift from…

The insidious creep of corporate friendliness

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The insidious creep of corporate friendliness

The importance of gossip (according to the ancients)

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Gossip appears to be good for the mental health. That should make the females of the ancient world some of…

Can the ‘next Bicester Village’ take off without tourists?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Retail footfall will be the first measure of recovery this spring. Everywhere I look, from central London to small-town Yorkshire,…

Can John Lewis and Waitrose really remain partners?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Historians of unforeseen crises talk about ‘chaos theory’ and the ‘butterfly effect’, in which a small perturbation far away —…

Portrait of the week: A royal baby, Boohoo buyouts and France legalises lunch al desko

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Home On Sunday 7 February, as the week began, 11,465,210 people in the United Kingdom had received a first vaccination…

Had the kitchen shop assistant been drugged and handcuffed?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The kitchen tap began dripping as if it knew perfectly well that this would land me in a predicament whereby…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine battles, illegal haircuts and Biden’s chat with Boris

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Home Supplies of the Pfizer vaccine (made in Belgium) were feared to be at risk from a declaration by the…

The Darvell marvel has brought joy to a Covid Christmas

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Many ingenious ways of evading Covid-19 have been devised to assist commerce, fewer to assist worship. In our next-door village,…

Can Mike Ashley defy high street reality?

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Separating heroes from villains in the great retail survival struggle is like spotting bent coppers in Line of Duty —…

Portrait of the week: Tiers, Scotch eggs and a devastated high street

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Home The Commons voted by 291 votes to 78 for new coronavirus regulations putting 55 million people in England into…

The government is sending the high street to an early grave

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Does it matter that Debenhams and the Arcadia group have gone under this week, taking 25,000 jobs with them and…