The U.K. government is waking up to the fact that it is losing control of the debate over Scottish independence and needs to come up with more convincing proposals to sway voters, two government officials said.
Marks & Spencer Group Plc, the U.K.’s largest clothing retailer, plans to open 50 bank branches in its stores within two years as it takes on Tesco Plc and British lenders such as Lloyds Banking Group Plc and Barclays Bank Plc.
Carpetright Plc said Chief Executive Officer Darren Shapland quit amid a further deterioration in sales that will cause profit to be “significantly below” the U.K. retailer’s projections, sending the shares down 15 percent.
Clothes sold by plus-size women’s wear brand Simply Be come in many shapes and sizes, including jeans tailored for ladies with thicker thighs and larger calves. Boots sold under the Jacamo label come equipped with a four inch heel to boost the height of short male customers.
Marks & Spencer Group Plc , the U.K.’s largest clothing retailer, reported sales that beat estimates and forecast improved profitability as Chief Executive Officer Marc Bolland starts to put his stamp on the business.
Halfords Group Plc , a U.K. seller of car parts and bicycles, said profit rose 11 percent last year as improved margins offset a squeeze on consumer spending. The shares rose the most since February 2010.