The company behind Jack Daniel’s whisky has warned that it could become “an unfortunate and unintended victim” of Donald Trump’s steel tariff proposal, due to the prospect of a trade war. ( Financial Times £ )

MPs have launched an investigation into energy drinks and their popularity with young people in the UK, amid growing concerns about negative health outcomes due to their high caffeine and sugar content. (The Guardian)

The snow and freezing weather that swept across the UK last week caused a 14% slump in sales at John Lewis compared with the same week last year. (The Guardian )

Fashion Retailer New Look is to close 60 stores including its two main outlets on Oxford Street, and is to seek creditor approval to shut the stores and negotiate rent reduction and revised lease terms on its remaining outlets. ( The Times £ The Telegraph The Guardian Sky News )

The operator of the Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito restaurant brands has defied the gloom enveloping the casual dining sector by maintaining its full-year dividend. (The Times £). Restaurant Group set to trial delivery-only brand as it returns to profit (The Telegraph)

Next is facing a demand for up to £30m in back pay from thousands of mainly female shop-floor staff in the first major equal pay claim against a fashion retailer.(The Guardian)