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John Lewis looks to lure Christmas workers with free bacon and eggs  

Today

The John Lewis Partnership said that it would take on 2,000 more temporary staff than last year for a bumper festive season.

Monzo unveils new buy now, pay later product called Flex

Today

The online banking service will be offering its customers credit limits of up to £3,000 and will allow them to spread the cost of purchases over three, six or 12 months.

Wickes shrugs off supply chain woes as sales rise a third

Today

Wikes Group saw revenues grow by 33.1 per cent in the first half of 2021, beating market expectations, as the home improvement retailer raised its profit forecasts for the year.

How investors can combat rising inflation

Today

The UK's inflation rate jumped to 3.2 per cent in August, the biggest monthly increase since records began.

Former Woodford favourite Oxford Nanopore targets £300m listing

Today

The biotech innovator was held by fallen star fund manager Neil Woodford and ditched in his fund's fire sale, but could now list for £4bn.

Funding tips for female start-up founders

Today

Female business founders get only 1p in every £1 of venture capital funding - and they say they are often not taken seriously in pitches. Five entrepreneurs share how they deal with gender bias.

Fashion retailer Superdry says its 'turning a corner' as it reveals shrinking losses-

Today

The high street fashion brand told investors that sales are 'recovering well' despite subdued high street footfall as it continues with its transformation plan.

Co-op reveals losses of £15m and warns supply chain issues will dent profits

Today

The retail company, which is owned by its members and also provides funeral and other services, said it made an underlying operating loss before tax of £15 million for the 26 weeks to July 3.

Pimlico Plumbers tycoon Charlie Mullins to sell chunk of his empire 

Today

The London-born businessman (pictured) wants to retain some of his 90 per cent stake in Pimlico Plumbers, the Mail understands. His oldest son Scott, who is chief executive, owns the rest.

Redrow offers bumper dividend after 124% surge in profits

Today

The mid-size specialist reported that it had grown revenues from £1.34billion to £1.94billion in the financial year, thereby narrowing the gap between pre-Covid income to 8 per cent.

John Lewis cuts losses to £29m despite store closures and staff cuts

Today

The retail giant, which operates the John Lewis department store and the Waitrose supermarket chain, unveiled a £29 million pre-tax loss for the half-year to July 31.

Homes you can let in the top 10 UK rental hotspots revealed

Today

Rental shortages are so acute that in some towns and villages in these areas, there is only one property available to rent on Rightmove.

Should you sell Lloyds shares or keep waiting for better days?

Today

What should you do if you've held a share for more than a decade and it's gone pretty much nowhere?

How to get the Warm Home Discount and why you should act fast

Today

Thousands of households are eligible to receive £140 off their energy bill this winter through the Warm Home Discount - which could be beneficial for those also affected by the new price cap level.

Inside the tiny 'smart home' that will be sold in London for less than £300k

Today

Barratt wants to cater to renters who saved during the pandemic by developing dinky flats at a £200,000 discount to the average London house price.

GRACE ON THE CASE: Barclays charged me £3,500 after saying it wouldn't

Today

I contacted Barclays to see what the early redemption charge would be if I redeemed the mortgage a few weeks short of the penalty date. It said it would be reduced but then charged the full amount.

ALEX BRUMMER: Sky high cost of labour means higher prices

Today

British inflation is surging and the Government, employers and consumers should be worried. It is too easy to explain away rocketing prices, up 3.2 per cent in August, as a one-off.

What pension questions should I ask my new employer?

Today

The minimum contribution may be 8 per cent of salary, but at some workplaces it can hit more than 20 per cent of salary, explains Becky O'Connor of Interactive Investor.

Australia leapfrogs China to become top gold producer for first time

Yesterday

Having played second fiddle to China for the last decade, Australia has become the world's biggest producer of gold for the first time. It unearthed 157 tons in the first half of the year.

Zara owner trumps H&M in battle of world's top fashion retailers

Yesterday

Inditex surged ahead in the battle between the world's two biggest fashion retailers as sales hit £6bn in the three months to July. This was 7 per cent above the same period of 2019.