Shops and shopping

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Down with Black Friday! Seven readers on how they turned their backs on consumerism
As the annual Christmas shopping frenzy begins, readers discuss how they have challenged this culture – from sewing to buying secondhand to instituting a ‘90 day rule’

As told to Alex Mistlin

26, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Black Friday: largest boycott planned by independent retailers
About 85% of smaller sellers will protest against online giants such as Amazon by closing their websites and planting trees

Donna Ferguson

21, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Convenience shop chain McColl’s gives profit warning amid supply problems
Retailer, which also runs Morrisons Daily, forecasts £7m slide due to external factors including product and driver shortages

Sarah Butler

17, Nov, 2021 @3:24 PM

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Sustainable gin and family-sized crisps! My week eating a climatarian diet
Many of us are keen to eat more sustainably – but is a vegan croissant better or worse than locally sourced sausages? And can climate-conscious eating ever be enjoyable? One writer finds out

Emma Beddington

10, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Sniffing out a bargain: how dog-friendly are Britain’s shops?
With more retailers welcoming pets, our reporter ventures out with her puppy Calisto to see if we really are a nation of animal lovers

Nicola Davis

31, Oct, 2021 @10:15 AM

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John le Carré, Daisy May Cooper and Paul McCartney expected to boost book sales at Christmas
The annual event known as ‘Super Thursday’, when most of the hardbacks aimed at the Christmas market are published, promises big names and a boon for the industry

Alison Flood

08, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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French Connection shares jump after entrepreneur makes bid
Shares increased by 15% although company said no guarantee offer would be made by latest bidding consortium

Sarah Butler

23, Sep, 2021 @5:19 PM

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Essential eating for homebuyers | Brief letters
Brief letters: Fantasy house hunt | Menstruation | Lecturers’ comments | Ministers and masks | Woolworths

20, Sep, 2021 @4:04 PM

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‘Retail has changed so much’: local makers lead the rebirth of the department store
Artisans and craftspeople are moving into major high street sites with innovative small-scale outlets

Sarah Butler and Steven Morris

08, Sep, 2021 @6:22 PM

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Expansion plans: comfort-first clothing brings M&S back into fashion
Elastic waistbands, flat shoes and no-wire bras will be key parts of post-lockdown wardrobe

Jess Cartner-Morley

08, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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More than 8,700 chain stores have closed in 2021, analysis shows
Pandemic and shift to online shopping has hit demand for high-street shops, with fashion stores the worst affected

Jasper Jolly

05, Sep, 2021 @3:36 PM

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Forget shops: how Stockton on Tees ripped up the rule book to revive its high street
Stockton-on-Tees is leading a radical rethink of our urban centres, which is now even more urgent as Covid takes its toll

Julian Coman

21, Aug, 2021 @3:00 PM

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