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Julie Meyer
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Annual growth in high street sales dropped to its slowest pace in eight months during February, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

Business levels in the services sector are still below normal, but less so than in the previous three quarters, according to the latest CBI Service Sector Survey.

However, downward pressure on profits is being compounded by deflation in the sector.

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Five Minutes With

David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.