Jim Armitage: Isis is refining terrorist marketing

Global Outlook: They know all about corporate branding in war zones

The value of luxury: America becomes absolutely fabulous

The US has a taste for European luxury goods, as Francois Henri Pinault tells Laura Chesters, and labels like Mulberry and Burberry are betting their shirts on it

Models present creations for fashion house Gucci as part of the spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear collections

America becomes absolutely fabulous

The US has a taste for European luxury goods, as Francois Henri Pinault tells Laura Chesters, and labels like Mulberry and Burberry are betting their shirts on it

Team Tinkoff Saxo during a training session in Leeds ahead of Saturday’s start of the Tour de France

Tour de France: Success wears Lycra in a UK tour de force

Inspired by Olympic and road-race success, Britain has fallen in love with cycling. Retailers and sponsors are forming their own peloton, but will the phenomenon ride and ride?
Out in the big wide world Mothercare is doing well, but the UK operation has significant problems

A dubious deal for Mothercare

Britain’s new parents may shop elsewhere these days, but the nation’s biggest babywear retailer is not desperate enough to accept a tax-driven US bid

Back to the grind: Britons work on average 43 hours a week

Would British people (and the economy) be healthier if we worked a four-day week?

Professor John Ashton said this week that a four-day week would reduce stress levels and allow people to take more exercise and see more of their families. And it could be just what the doctor ordered for the economy, too

GlaxoSmithKline Chinese headquarters

GlaxoSmithKline: the plot thickens

As a sex video smears the pharmaceutical giant's China boss, Jim Armitage reports on how its private investigator voiced concerns about new secrecy rules weeks before his arrest
Benjamin Lawsky

US watchdogs lay siege to Europe’s banks

Benjamin Lawsky has huge powers over foreign banks that outweigh even his jurisdiction against many US banks

The Week Ahead: House prices very much in focus as new data comes online

House prices are always a topic of conversation but property prices will be very much in focus this week, as a fresh raft of data on the sector is released and the housebuilder Persimmon updates the market.

What the Sunday papers said

Independent on Sunday: MPs urge delay in decision on Trident

Defence contractors will be alarmed at moves afoot to delay the order of a £20bn replacement for Trident. A decision on whether to replace the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet is due in 2016. A cross-party group of MPs has argued that keeping Trident is not justified solely on the grounds of maintaining Britain’s military status.

Let me ask you this: 'Do prices at .99, instead of 1.00, result in more sales?'

Actually, the .99 price point was a very early form of loss prevention, inventory control, and accounting.

An effigy of Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is held up by National Association of Probation Officers protestors outside the Houses of Parliament

How to get rid of a crisis: sell it off

There may be trouble ahead... Despite an overall cost of £8bn to reorganise the probation service, Mark Leftly reveals that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is determined to ignore the critics and push ahead with his plans
There were protests over pay inside as well as outside of Barclays annual meeting in 2013

Beware the wrath of shareholders

As Tesco's AGM today marks the anniversary of Lord MacLaurin's outburst against his successor, Alex Lawson highlights some of the best investor showdowns in recent years
Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has declared her country will not pay the ‘vulture funds’

Can you make an ethical case for vulture funds?

Yes, say the investors who buy up the debt of the world's poorest countries. Jim Armitage examines their argument
News
Lord Heseltine has been indelibly associated with the revival of Liverpool for four decades
Lord Heseltine is cautiously optimistic over the Coalition’s bid to put a regenerated Liverpool at the centre of its target to double exports to £1 trillion by 2020, says Russell Lynch
News
Demonstrators carry placards as they gather for an anti-fracking protest in London last week
As developers get set to bid in the UK’s biggest sale of onshore gas licences, the commercial benefits of drilling remain far from clear
News
GlaxoSmithKline Chinese headquarters
We’ll just have to wait and see if Sir Andrew’s apparent wit goes hand in hand with the wisdom to cure GSK’s problems, says James Moore
News
Burberry is opening new stores in San Francisco and Los Angeles this autumn
From discount to luxury, UK brands are vying to conquer the States. Laura Chesters asks if they can succeed in a graveyard for our retailers
News
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is obsessed by sales
As its new smartphone makes its debut, it is sometimes hard to keep track of what Amazon does. And that's not a good sign
News
When God was giving out the moral outrage, Wall Streeters were inventing credit-default swaps. It's no surprise Ackman failed to take down Herbalife, says Mark McSherry
News
Fallen star Bo Xilai in court, in September last year; he was given a life sentence
The rules are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos , as he learns the dark arts from a master
News
A brand new prescription: ‘Only using healthy mice and rats to find cures for ill humans is old-fashioned,” says George Freeman
The UK’s first-ever minister for life sciences tells Margareta Pagano about his new role at the departments of business and health, transforming how the UK develops and finances medicine
News
Rich, young Russians won’t dump their English lives unless they have absolutely no other option, says Jim Armitage
News
It’s not a question of if, but when... interest rates have been kept artificially low for long enough, says Hamish McRae
News
There may be trouble ahead … David Levy has very rarely been wrong in his forecasts
David Levy’s family has correctly called every major financial event in the US for decades. Now he’s warning of a global recession next year. Bernard Condon investigates
News
A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi
The retailer is on its knees, thanks to a German war veteran who turned the family grocers into the Aldi chain, writes Tony Paterson
News
It was Paul Fisher’s job to oversee and implement quantitative easing
Paul Fisher has left the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee after five years. He tells Ben Chu what Threadneedle Street got right and why the Bank behaved properly over forex
Arts and Entertainment
Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are big fans of an out of print 1960s business book. Seth Stevenson explores why
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Analysis: Some feel that Philip Clarke didn't get enough of a chance to prove himself
Voices
Mr Osborne, who is on a two-day trip to India with Foreign Secretary William Hague, said the two countries would see greater investment in each other’s economies and more job creation.
The young have been hurt the most by recession. They don't vote Tory and can't buy a house, so who cares?, writes David Blanchflower
News
One of the lines on the Metro do Porto network crosses the Dom Luis bridge
An interest rate swap arrangement has ended up costing a Portuguese state-owned transport company a fortune. So did it really understand the pages and pages of algebra in the contract, asks Jim Armitage
News
Is the new bank likely to be of much use? The emerging countries have done pretty well without it, says Hamish McRae
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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
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Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
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Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
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Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
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Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star