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House of Fraser aims to cut store rents

House of Fraser aims to cut store rents

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The House of Fraser department store chain has confirmed that it is seeking to reduce rents on some of its stores.The retailer confirmed that it had written to some landlords asking for their "support".The move, first reported by Sky News, suggests that it could be struggling after a tough Christmas for retailers.House of Fraser, which is due to reveal its Christmas trading figures next week, closed stores in Leicester and Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, last year.Rival chain Debenhams issued a profit warning this week after reporting disappointing Christmas trading.It said like-for-like sales in the UK fell 2.6% for the 17 weeks to 30 December amid a "volatile and competitive" market.A House of Fraser spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we have contacted some of our landlords asking for t...
The Best and Worst Butter from the Grocery Store

The Best and Worst Butter from the Grocery Store

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This article originally appeared on ExtraCrispy.com.Is there anything in your kitchen more useful and universally beloved than butter? From your morning toast to your afternoon pasta to your evening beurres and sautees to that midnight slice of cake, butter makes everything delicious. All butter is good, but not all butter is created equal. Some butters are better for savory dishes, others for desserts. Some butters are at their best out of the refrigerator, while others achieve maximum flavor once melted. I tasted ten butters (all salted) and separated the delicious from the merely buttery. Here they are, ranked from not-the-best to the best.10. LucerneLucerne doesn’t have much of a taste and takes a while to soften, both in terms of preparing for recipes and spreading on toast. This is a
M&S signals more store closures in shake-up

M&S signals more store closures in shake-up

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Marks and Spencer has signalled it is to accelerate store closures as it bids to make "significant" cost savings and "reshape" the business.The chain said it was stepping up its transformation efforts across M&S in a bid to return the company to its former glory as the darling of UK retail, with priority placed on a digital-first approach.Shares opened more than 4% higher on the FTSE 100 in response to the news - released alongside half-year results that showed a 371% leap in pre-tax profits to £118.3m.However, the stock later fell back sharply - down almost 3% on the day - as investors digested the update and an admission, in a call with analysts, that the clothing market had been "difficult" during October ahead of the core Christmas season.Conditions for food were also described as
Study: Regular soda causes body to store more fat after high-protein meals

Study: Regular soda causes body to store more fat after high-protein meals

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FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 -- Combining a sugary soda with your burger or fried chicken can really prime your body to pack on more pounds, a new study suggests.Folks who had a sweetened drink with a high-protein meal stored more unused fat, compared to others who ate the same food with a sugar-free beverage, laboratory tests revealed.Their bodies did not burn about a third of the additional calories provided by the sugary drink, researchers found.The participants also burned less fat from their food, and it took less energy overall to digest the meal."If we are adding extra carbohydrates on top of what's already in a meal, that will definitely have an effect on the body being able to use fat as an energy source, and it will more than likely go into energy storage," said lead researcher Shanon C...
Why The Whole Foods Buyout Could Signify An Upheaval of the American Grocery Store

Why The Whole Foods Buyout Could Signify An Upheaval of the American Grocery Store

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This article originally appeared on CookingLight.com.In the great saga that is American retail, Amazon is by and far a disruptor – and we’ve seen the site that launched at the turn of the century as an online book retailer come full-circle with two brick-and-mortar bookstores in New York this year.And the next space to be disrupted? Food shopping.In what has been an expected move for some time now, Amazon announced this morning that it will add Whole Foods into its arsenal of consumer-centered properties for a whopping $ 13.7 billion. As part of the takeover, Whole Foods will remain in control of stores and the overall brand, with CEO John Mackey remaining at the helm of the grocery chain.But how long will Whole Foods, and its more than 430 grocery stores scattered through cities and subur