There’s rarely good news surrounding UK department store Debenhams these days, and its Christmas trading update on Thursday certainly didn't deliver much, although there were some crumbs of comfort in a bleak report.
On a day when most Christmas trading updates were bleak, it was encouraging to see one where the sales trajectory was in the right direction. John Lewis's sales rise wasn't big, but at least it was in the plus column.
A California jury on Monday heard opening statements in the latest trial over allegations that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products, including baby powder, were contaminated with asbestos and cause cancer.
The beauty group continued to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing customer experience through augmented reality with the unveiling of the Wella Professionals Smart Mirror at the Customer Electronics Show on Monday.
A large number of trading updates are due this week, but online retailers can’t judge the success (or otherwise) of their Christmas season just yet as one in four gifts bought online will be returned by UK consumers.