As the High Street faces yet another bout of contraction what does the decline of the local, independent, high street shops and the rise of 'clone towns' of identikit chains mean for the retail sector? Some experts have advocated government intervention to 'save' our high streets but would greater regulation and intervention be an expensive solution which might actually increase costs for consumers. And just how does land use planning impact on retail productivity? Is bigger better?
The government has just launched another attack on red tape - this is only a year after their Red Tape Challenge. So what has changed? And haven't we heard it all before?
And have the European Commission finally found a long term solution to cut roaming charges.