Clothing is back in fashion for the holidays. But not all retailers will benefit from the trend

David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images A customer lifts a shopping bag at an Old Navy Inc. store in San Francisco. One takeaway from this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza is that there will be a lot more sweaters and coats under the tree this year. Shoppers are turning up at stores such as Lululemon, Abercrombie & Fitch, Old Navy and Urban Outfitters this holiday season to buy clothing for themselves and for others. It’s a stark contrast from the years that followed the Great…

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Barnsley’s school summer holidays cut by council

A council has announced a cut in the school summer holidays to under five weeks, bringing criticism from some parents and teachers. Barnsley Council in South Yorkshire announced term dates for academic year 2017-18 with a shorter summer break. There will be a longer school holiday at October half-term. Nick Bowen, principal of Horizon College, said the cut would “lead to difficulties in recruitment and retention of really good staff”. Councillor Tim Cheetham said: “The main differences to this year’s dates from previous years will support educational outcomes for pupils…

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