Voices Prudent shopper Russell Lynch, who started compiling his own inflation index 18 months ago

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See in the new year in style with a bottle of bubbles. Sam Muston rounds up France's finest and best-value fizz for the perfect celebration

Wines of the week: The best festive bottles

As New Year's Eve approaches, there are vast swathes of sparkling on offer in the high street, so here are three celebration bottles where quality and price match up…

8 best last-minute Christmas gifts

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Mega discounters luring customers away from Big Four supermarkets in record numbers, says Kantar

Half the country shopped at an Aldi or Lidl in the last three months for the first time on record, with cash-conscious shoppers love-affair with discount supermarkets shows no signs of slowing down.

UbiSlate 7Ci: £30 Datawind tablet is ‘world's cheapest’

The UbiSlate 7Ci is the commercial version of the low-cost educational tablet, the AAKASH-2

Morrisons scraps window cleaning to save cash as sales decline

Morrisons supermarket has scrapped window cleaning in a bid to slash costs as it battles declining sales.

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Travel agenda

From Barcelona, Brazil and Bilbo's house to William III's palace and Aldi ski gear

Travel agenda

From Barcelona, Brazil and Bilbo to William III's palace and Aldi ski gear

Aldi to enter budget tablet market with £79 Medion Lifetab

Announcement follows similar moves by Tesco, Asda and Argos

Christmas dinner on a budget: treat yourself to a festive feast for £2.73

We all know Christmas is a time to celebrate and share with family and friends. But if can do it on the cheap, quite frankly, that's even better.

Fifth of spending online as the net really starts to click with customers

Nearly one in every five pounds spent on shopping in the UK is done online – the highest level recorded, according to the British Retail Consortium.

10 best red wines for winter - go on, it's Christmas (nearly)

With the weather turning brisk, keep warm by curling up indoors with a glass of ones of these wines in hand

Super-discounters Aldi and Lidl lure customers away from Big Four as shoppers go bargain hunting

Nearly one in three shoppers have visited an Aldi supermarket in the last 12 lured by heavy discounts 

Sainsbury’s announced pre-tax profits of £400m for the six months to the end of September

Sainsbury's overtakes Asda to become second-largest UK supermarket as profits soar 9%

Company now accounts for 16.8% of the market

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