Oxford Street

Selfridges leaves department store rivals in the shade with festive sales rise

Selfridges & Co has put its struggling department store rivals to shame by toasting a 10pc jump in sales over the festive period.<p>The company, best known for its historic Oxford Street shop, has shrugged off the wider retail gloom by unveiling that its sales accelerated the week before Christmas to …

Trends

The majority of complaints ahead of Uber's ban in York came from the city's taxi firms

Over 80 per cent of the complaints made against Uber ahead of the ride-hailing app being banned in York came from taxi drivers in the city, it has …

Uber

Forget about a pay rise: The 3 charts that define the struggles of the British consumer in 2018

• <b>Dutch bank ING doesn't see things getting much better for the squeezed British consumer in 2018.</b>• <b><br>Consumers — often described as the powerhouse of the British economy — are struggling in the post-Brexit landscape thanks to high inflation and stagnant wage growth.</b>• <b><br>ING economist James Smith compiles</b> …

Business

Westminster 'losing office space equivalent to the Shard every year'

Office space equivalent to the Shard is being lost from Westminster each year in an "unprecedented decline" as workspace is converted into housing.

26 Snapshots Of Manchester In The 1980s

Manchester Archives+ : Church Street 1985<p>Manchester Archives+:<br>Tib Street 1984<p>Manchester Archives+ :<br>Manchester Craft Village, 1984<p>Manchester Archives …

Montreal police say man hospitalized after shooting in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

A 29-year-old man was shot outside of a bar on Sherbrooke near Oxford Street in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough.<p><b>READ MORE: Canada-wide warrant issued</b> …

Policing

Commuters told to cross the river to escape congestion

Residents are seeking out public transport solutions as Hawthorne, Riding and Wynnum roads have bumper-to-bumper traffic during morning …

Brisbane

The story behind a street magician who wows people on city streets

If you don’t stop to see Jon Jones plying his trade in Swansea then you are quite literally missing a trick.<p>While there is no shortage of buskers in …

Wales

Urban Meadow Café: An Alfresco Gem On The Edge Of Hyde Park

Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Hyde Park<p>Related: London<p>There’s something I adore about discovering a new favourite café, my latest find is an alfresco …

London

UK retail sales slide in December, capping tough year for consumers

© Reuters. People shop for last-minute purchases before Christmas on Oxford Street in London<p>By Andy Bruce and William Schomberg<p>LONDON (Reuters) - …

Economy

Uber backs mayor Sadiq Khan's pedestrianisation of Oxford Street planned for this year

Radical plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street have got the backing of ride-hailing app Uber, which said it supports the plans for the removal of …

Uber

Three things you won’t want to miss in London this Thursday

1. More than 50 dazzling light installations will be switched on across the city tonight for Lumiere London festival. See giant lamps at King's …

London

Govinda’s Restaurant among top vegan food places in…

Govinda’s Restaurant among top vegan food places in London<br>Our restaurant, Govinda’s has been listed as one of the best vegan food places in London by …

Hare Krishnas

'I can go for days without speaking': One woman's experience of loneliness as Government takes action

Janet often goes to the supermarket just to have someone to speak to, if she did not, she believes she could go for months without talking.

Theresa May

Might as well do the white line: Liam Gallagher, still caning it at 45

The former Oasis singer admitted in an interview that he still takes drugs. Which may make it a bit tricky to warn his kids off them, he says<p><b>Age:</b> 45.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Christopher Eccleston second draft.<p><b>Liam! How IS he?</b> He is EXACTLY himself!<p><b>That is excellent news! What has he done this time?</b> He has given …

Liam Gallagher

I found my baby's father on Craigslist

<b>Ten months ago, thirty-something Jessica was eager to get pregnant. A series of relationships had failed so she tried a radically new approach - she posted an advert online. The outcome turned out to be far better than she had hoped.</b><p>"Safe, bareback babymaking," the advert read.<p>"I'm in my 30s & have …

Love

ANC parades opulence in poverty-stricken Eastern Cape

Working and living in the Eastern Cape will break your heart.It is a province where abject poverty is personified.A province that has the lowest …

South African Politics

London enters third week of January without breaching legal air quality limits for first time in 10 years

ES News Email<p>London today entered the third week of January without breaching legal air quality limits for the first time since modern records …

Environment

A family ticket to Thorpe Park and other bizarre ways clients tried to pay for sex from me

<b>It’s that same old story.</b><p>Boy meets girl, girl asks boy for money so boy can sleep with her.<p>In this particular rom-com, boy seems to think ‘money’ can …

Stereotypes

Boy, 6, missing after being separated from parents on Oxford Street in London

BOY, SIX, MISSING AFTER BEING SEPARATED FROM PARENTS ON LONDON'S OXFORD STREET<p>By Ryan Hooper, Press Association<p>A six-year-old boy has gone missing on …

Birmingham, UK

How to move to a new country alone, from someone who’s done it twice

ES Lifestyle Newsletter<p>I first moved to a new country when I was 18.<p>Growing up in New Zealand, I wanted to work in journalism – specifically within …

New Zealand

Missing Jerome (6) reunited with father after solo trek across River Thames

A six-year-old boy reported missing on one of the London's busiest shopping streets has been found.

News (Ireland)

Virtual becomes reality as British shop visits fall in December

© Reuters. Two shoppers sit with their bags on Oxford Street in London<p>LONDON (Reuters) - The number of people visiting British stores in December …

eCommerce

Tesco, M&S and John Lewis report Christmas trading results - business live

All the day’s economic and financial news, as UK retail heavyweights report their Christmas trading figures

Angela Merkel

Central line delays: Commuters face more Tube misery as one of London's busiest routes is part suspended after signal failure

ES News Email<p>One of London's busiest Tube lines was brought to a standstill as engineers scrambled to fix a signalling problem.<p>The Central line was …

London

Clean Air Act

Over the last few months I've inadvertently collated an arsenal of "air care" devices that sit like marksmen in my house, protecting me from the …

Clean Air Act

Retailer John Lewis says Christmas sales rise but margin pressure builds

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The John Lewis store on Oxford Street is seen in central London<p>LONDON (Reuters) - British retailer John Lewis warned that …

Winter sales shopping in Oxford Street – in pictures

Photographer Andy Hall braved the cold and the crowds in the West End to snap bargain hunters over the festive season

London

UK economy set for 'underwhelming' 2018, says British Chambers of Commerce

© Reuters. Shoppers and tourists walk along Oxford Street during the sales in central London, Britain<p>By Andy Bruce<p>LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's …

Economy

Joules and Fat Face buck fashion gloom with sales surge

Family-friendly clothing brands Joules and Fat Face have celebrated not succumbing to the retail discounting frenzy by posting a surge in sales over the festive period.<p>The upbeat figures have bucked the retail gloom. High street sales fell last month to their weakest level since March 2009 as …

Boxing Day