JD and Primark prove you can still be a winning retailer if you're good at it

Both have thrived during an unprecedented squeeze on real incomes in their home market
A rare sunny day dawned on high street with both Primark and JD Sports reporting results.
It’s worth noting that while the internet is held up as a major reason for the death of multiple retailers up and down Britain, Primark, while having an active online presence, doesn’t sell so much as a sock via that channel.
When your product is offloaded as cheaply as its clobber, the economics of internet retail, with customers demanding free delivery and returns, don’t work.
Read more Primark owner ABF says sugar business to blame for 30% drop in profit Death of the high street? Closures and cuts paint grim scene for 2018 New Look: Tough but necessary plan may not go far enough That leaves you reliant on old fashioned stores that lots of other retailers are struggling to make pay.
Not this one. At March 3, the end of its first half reporting period, Primark had 352 of them occupying a square foot..

Goldman Sachs smashes expectations with 27% profit growth in first quarter

Bank's CEO Lloyd Blankfein recently said UK economy had done surprisingly well since Brexit vote
Goldman Sachs profits rose 27 per cent to $2.74bn (£1.91bn) in the first quarter of the year, up from $2.16bn last year, smashing through analysts’ expectations.
The group’s profit translated to income of $6.95 per share, much higher than expected earnings of $5.58 per share.
Read more Goldman Sachs reveals 56% UK gender pay gap and bonus gap of 72% Net revenues rose 25 per cent to $10.04bn, compared with $8.03bn in the first quarter of last year, and net interest income was up 78 per cent year-on-year, jumping from $516m to $918m.
Shares in the bank rose 0.7 per cent in pre-market trading.
Goldman boss Lloyd Blankfein said: “Solid performance across our businesses produced strong returns in the first quarter. We are well positioned to serve our clients as the global economy continues to show strength and central banks unwind certain aspects of policy stimulus.
“We are also ..

Legal & General steps up pressure on firms to tackle gender diversity and climate change

Fund manager says it had voted for 95% of climate-related proposals at companies it invests in last year
One of the UK’s biggest investors has ramped up its efforts to make companies do more on gender balance, executive pay and climate change.
Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), which manages more than £1 trillion for its clients, said that it had voted against 215 UK pay deals in 2017 – 40 per cent more than in the year before.
The fund manager said it had voted for 95 per cent of climate-related proposals last year compared to just 21 per cent on average among a group of its peers.
Read more Why your bank could hold the key to closing gender pay gap ​LGIM also promised to vote against the appointment of male chairs to large UK companies’ boards if women did not make up at least a quarter of members.
The report from LGIM comes as companies approach the annual general meeting season, which gives shareholders a chance to express their concerns. Huge fund managers suc..

AA Group says legal battle with former boss Bob Mackenzie will cost it £1m

Former boss sacked over physical altercation with director is suing company for £225m in damages
The AA revealed on Tuesday that it expects its legal battle with former executive chairman Bob Mackenzie to cost it up to £1m.
Mr Mackenzie was sacked last August, with the company citing “gross misconduct” as the reason for his dismissal. It later emerged he had been in a physical altercation with Michael Lloyd, the head of AA’s insurance division, at a hotel bar in July 2017.
The former chairman has filed a claim with the high court seeking an injunction to retain his management value participation shares and up to £225m in damages from the company.
AA said it “has not made a provision for these amounts as the group expects to be successful in rigorously defending these claims.
“However, the group will incur legal costs of approximately £1m to defend these claims during the next two financial years which it would seek to recover from Bob Mackenzie when the litigation concludes,” t..

Millions of millennials will never own homes so it's time to make renting work better

The rules on renting are tilted too far towards landlords and date from a time when living in private rented accommodation was likely to be a temporary state of affairs
Theresa May’s ‘British dream’ of home ownership is an impossible one for millions of millennials.
According to the Resolution Foundation's 'Home Improvements' report, on current trends up to half could be renting into their 40s and a third by the time they claim their pensions. So, permanently.
Even now, 40 per cent are renting privately at age thirty, double the rate for Generation X, and four times that of the baby boomers.
Read more Generation Rent: London to become a city of renters by 2025, says PwC Meet generation rent: they'd like to hire a new wardrobe every day Can generation rent make their accommodation feel like home without It isn’t just that the cost of a deposit for a new home has spiralled as prices have headed skywards: access to social housing has fallen sharply at the sam..