Despite fears that spending would plummet as a result of mounting Brexit uncertainty, figures from the ONS showed retail sales were up 1.1% in March.

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Debenhams chief executive Sergio Bucher is to leave the struggling retail group while chairman Terry Duddy becomes interim CEO.

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Facebook has admitted to “unintentionally” uploading the address books of 1.5 million users without consent, and says it will delete the collected data and notify those affected.