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Retail gloom

  • Around 2,000 jobs are at risk after the new owner of Blockbuster Entertainment said it is putting the DVD and computer games rental chain into administration for the second time

  • Policies intended to revive the high street are raising the cost of living for the average household by at least £1,000 a year, according to a think tank

  • Cuts to "crippling" business rates must be made immediately to reverse the risk of 20,000 stores closing over the next 12 months, according to a review of the high street

  • The number of business insolvencies has fallen for a second month in succession, according to new research

  • The troubled retailer claims quality is equal to that of a £2,000 off-the-peg job from Savile Row. Is an £800 M&S suit good value?

  • Baby products retailer Mothercare has revealed UK sales have slipped back into the red as it lost out to rivals' cut-price deals

  • Around 355 retail jobs are facing the axe at collapsed toy chain Modelzone after administrators announced plans to start shutting stores

  • A deal to save 2,000 jobs at eight UK coal mines has been announced as their owner went into administration

  • The Nicole Farhi chain has entered administration. What next for the brand, and for the British high street?

  • The UK's largest specialist toy and model chain has collapsed into administration, affecting around 400 workers