According to the Financial Mail on Sunday at least one major shareholder has asked to see chairman Peter Blackburn.
Tesco's commercial director of non-food operations,Richard Brasher, is in the frame for the top job at Boots, where chief executive Steve Russell is to step down, revealed The Observer.
Brasher is understood to be on a shortlist that also includes Stuart Rose, the former boss Iceland and Arcadia.
Marks and Spencer has awarded chairman Luc Vandevelde a pay-and-bonus package under which he could earn almost £1m this year for his three day a week role.
The Sunday Times said he could receive a further £2.6m at the end of this month when he gets shares granted under his last contract.
Cigarette smuggling is under control according to the government the Financial Times has reported.
Treasury minister for Customs & Excise John Healey said the new policy which in October allowed cross-Channel shopppers to quadruple the number of cigarettes brought into the UK, enabled Customs officials to identify more easily between genuine shoppers and smugglers.
Britons spend more on boxes of chocolates than any other country in the world, reported the Daily Telegraph.
On average £14 per head was spent on chocolate in 2001.
Bakery chain Greggs has opened its first outlet outside the UK, in Leuven, Belgium, The Times said.
Icelandic retailer Baugur has bought a 0.5% in department store group Selfridges the Sunday Telegraph reported.