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Target and Walmart blame technical error for pricing discrepancy between white and black Barbie doll

Target and Walmart, two of America's biggest retailers, have come under scrutiny after customers noticed Barbie dolls were priced differently depending on their race.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker gestures during a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday

Lux Leaks: Walt Disney and Korch Industries in Luxembourg tax row as new leaks emerge

Walt Disney and Korch Industries have become the latest companies to be dragged into a political row over tax avoidance in Luxembourg under the watch of new European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

KFC and Pizza Hut owner Yum Brands! cuts profit forecast for the second time this year after China food scare

Yum Brands!, the American fast food company behind Pizza Hut and KFC, has lowered its profit guidance for the year for the second time this year following a food scandal in China.

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries retires amid falling sales and criticism for his impossible beauty standards

Mike Jeffries, the controversial chief executive of American retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, has retired effective immediately.

Snapchat poaches top Credit Suisse banker Imran Khan

Khan will serve as chief strategy officer reporting directly to 24-year old CEO Evan Spiegel

Tesco shares dive to 14-year low on new profit warning

Supermarket warns full year profits won't exceed £1.4 billion, below analyst estimates, and well below its own guidance for the year of £2.4bn

Shoppers walk past a sales sign on Oxford Street

Christmas comes early as desperate retailers slash prices with discounts of 70%

But experts warn retailers are creating a generation used to promotions that simply won't buy full-priced items

Gap 'Dress Normal' campaign fails to lift sales

American retailer Gap raised eyebrows with its "Dress Normal" campaign. But, as it turns out, no one wants to dress normal.

Starbucks turns to booze and food as it sets out plans to double food sales by 2019

Starbucks turning to beer and wine to lure evening customers

The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone

Uber raises $1.2bn at massive $40bn valuation

Uber has raised more than $2.9 billion since it was founded in 2009

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee