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Mary Anderson-Ford Managing director of recruitment  firm Aquaretail

Wishing you all a prosperous 2014

We’d barely cleared the New Year’s party streamers when the bad news began - the collapses of Jessops, Blockbuster and HMV created a nasty sense of déjà vu for the retail world. It felt like the doldrums of the previous few years was a dark cloud loitering.