The newly reopened Leicester Food Hall

How traditional markets are fighting back

A host of radical ideas and local traders and producers are helping the original retail experience fight back against the internet shopping revolution. Meg Carter reports

The Week Ahead: ABF could be the latest UK firm to take a hit from the strong pound

Sugar, sterling and Primark will all be in focus today as Associated British Foods (ABF) updates on trading. Investors will be keen to see if ABF’s discount fashion powerhouse Primark’s recent growth has continued, although Numis expects a slowdown due to tough comparative numbers. Shareholders will also look for guidance on how flagging sugar prices are affecting that part of its business, while the release could see ABF become the latest UK business to take a hit on earnings due to the strong pound.

What the Sunday papers said

Independent on Sunday: Sellafield nuclear clean-up bill will soar by billions

The cost of  cleaning up Britain’s toxic nuclear sites has shot up by £6bn  with the Government and regulators accused of “incompetence” in their efforts to manage the country’s legacy of radioactive waste. The increase was highlighted in a report by the Office for BudgetResponsibility.

Alibaba IPO: Is it worth the hype?

Alibaba's flotation is one of the most hotly anticipated events of the year - but questions remain over the Chinese ecommerce giant

Wendy Clark, Phil J Clarke and Bill Gates get soaked

Ice Bucket Challenge: The best charity videos from business leaders

A look back at participation from the likes of Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg and Bill Gates

Glory days: McLaren driver Ayrton Senna is sprayed with champagne after winning the US Grand aPrix in 1990

From the pits to profit at the McLaren F1 team

By selling race-car expertise to other industries, Ron Dennis says he’s generating the money to get his Formula One team back to pole position

Actors Sean Penn (left) and Charlize Theron joined Bernard Arnault and wife Helene at this year’s Paris Fashion Week

‘Wolf in cashmere’ Bernard Arnault calls off the hunt for shares in rivals

The man behind LVMH has agreed to stop buying into luxury goods group Hermès - for now

The incoming chief executive, Dave Lewis, is under pressure to find a long-term solution rather than a quick fix at Tesco

A long shopping list to plug a leak

With profits down and online trading outdoing hypermarkets, Tesco’s new chief executive Dave Lewis would do well to study M&S’s mistakes to get back on track

What the Sunday papers said

Independent on Sunday: G4S accused over Guantanamo Bay deal

The security firm G4S has been reported to the Government by the human rights group Reprieve for accepting a multi-million-pound contract to provide “janitorial services” to the US’s Guantanamo Bay naval base which holds terrorism suspects. Reprieve said that G4S “may contribute to ongoing human rights violations”.

Ruby McGregor-Smith says teachers are often unable to give the right careers

Ruby McGregor-Smith: 'I couldn’t be a senior female CEO and not help others'

Ruby McGregor-Smith, the head of  Mitie, wants to remove barriers for women. She tells Margareta Pagano why quotas are not the solution

RAF photos of a Soviet spy trawler in 1968: there are now concerns that national hostilities have moved into the digital age

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan

Problems at RBS suggest that lack of focus persisted during Stephen Hester’s tenure

More skeletons in the RBS closet?

As a £14.5m fine for poor mortgage advice highlights organisational issues at the bank, James Moore wonders what other revelations may emerge

Down time: an employee of Google uses the slide to get to the canteen

Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff

Burger King buys Tim Hortons: The 'hypocrisy' of Warren Buffett

As Warren Buffett is criticised for helping the fast food chain move to Canada, it’s clear the issue of good corporate governance in the US is not going away

The Week Ahead: Antofagasta, Petrofac and 888 Holdings among companies giving results in four-day week

It may be a four-day week but there’s a slew of companies putting out results.

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Construction is among the sectors where growth has slowed since the spring
Don't you believe it, says David Blanchflower
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Premier Foods changed its policy on 'pay to stay' contracts for its suppliers after they were exposed
If you’re a large company with hundreds of suppliers, each individual firm is entirely expendable, writes David Prosser
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow
While low oil prices are toxic for the energy export-dominated Russian economy, they are a boon for Western consumers, says Ben Chu
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Bankers who reach the dizzy heights of partnership status at Goldman Sachs achieve legendary status in the bank’s London office
Exclusive: Being a partner at the bank has an almost mythological status, and an internal memo seen by Jim Armitage shows the qualities needed to make it - like charging a pension fund $70m
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Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October
The German-based start-up factory has churned out more than 100 businesses in recent years. And now it’s looking to replicate its success here, says Oscar Williams-Grut
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The rouble staged a brief recovery yesterday before resuming its slide
A massive central bank interest rate hike failed to support the rouble. This crisis is slipping out of Moscow’s control, says Ben Chu
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Ringing the changes: BT has come a long way since the days of the General Post Office
BT's basic business of running wires into homes and businesses is hugely profitable, writes Hamish McRae
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Satyajit Das: Donors are free to channel funds to their chosen causes, some noble, some hubristic and some just plain odd
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The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone
Uber facing down the cabbies by recruiting lobbyists to push for law changes, says Oscar Williams-Grut
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VIDEO City analysts sound the alarm over the upcoming Premier League rights auction as shares in TV giant slide
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Self-employment is particularly important in construction
Self-employment conveys considerable risks: many lose their jobs, their houses, and even their marriages, writes David Blanchflower
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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