What went wrong at Jamie’s Italian?

“If Jamie can replicate this early Oxford form,” wrote the Guardian’s restaurant critic Matthew Norman in 2008, “he will soon be driving a prize herd of recession-proof cash cows across the land.” Norman was reviewing the first branch of what would become a country-wide franchise, designed, in Jamie Oliver’s own words, “with the intention of positively […]

UK retail sales stall in April

Retail sales stalled in April, but warmer weather boosted sales of clothing, which offset falls in other areas of spending. The Office for National Statistics said sales in April were flat on March, and higher than the 0.3% fall expected. In the three months to April, sales increased by 1.8%, with a record quarter for […]