It was spend, spend, spend in Britain in October as retail sales surged by 1.9 percent from September and jumped 7.4 percent from a year ago.
Top UK retailer Tesco has settled a fight with consumer goods producer Unilever over price rises prompted by the weak pound following the Brexit vote.
One of Britain's best known department store chains, BHS, is to close after attempts to find a buyer failed. More than 10,000 people will lose their jobs.
The European Commission has unveiled proposals which would make it easier for customers in the EU to buy online from other member countries.
Inditex, the owner of brands Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka, is to slow the pace of new shop openings as it moves more towards online sales.
High street heaven for shoppers as stores offer clothing bargains after warm autumn, but fears about terror take the fun out of bargain-hunting in France