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Retail sales beat market hopes

Retail Sales rose slightly more than forecast last month, with stronger demand at fashion chains and department stores offsetting a flat performance in food sales.

Business Diary: Survival claims to have scared off Vedanta

Is Anil Agarwal, the billionaire owner of mining giant Vedanta Resources, running scared? Survival International, the campaigning charity that has had Vedanta in its sights for some time, claims Agarwal pulled out of a conference at London Business School just because it announced it was intending to picket the event. The Vedanta boss withdrew only two days after Survival revealed its intentions, the charity points out.

Dangerous liaisons: Why Jacques Audiard is the French Scorsese

Jacques Audiard's films champion immoral outsiders and charismatic gangsters – and audiences love them.

Public finances: Darling's impossible battle to climb a mountain of debt

Although Alistair Darling's projections for public borrowing are not quite as horrifying as some City economists had been predicting a few months ago, the Government's plans remain the largest peacetime programme of deficit financing in British history, and the most ambitious in the Western world. They also seem inadequate to the task of allaying market fears about the safety of the UK's international credit ratings.

Can TV be radical again?

As a BFI season examines the golden era of political television, Gerard Gilbert meets some of the talents who made it, and asks where the cutting edge is today

Cultural Life: Michael landy, artist

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The Firm (18)

It's strange how mild-mannered and inconsequential this remake, above, of Alan Clarke's classic football hooliganism TV drama turns out to be: the most grievous injury sustained by the fresh-faced hero is a bruise on the cheek.

Clive Parsons: Producer who worked with Alan Clarke, Bill Forsyth, Lindsay Anderson and Franco Zeffirelli

The producer Clive Parsons was one of the first to bring to cinemas a gritty, unflinching take on British life in the last quarter of the 20th century when he spotted the opportunity to remake the banned television play Scum for the big screen. This brutal exposé of life inside borstal, written by Roy Minton and depicting violence by both young offenders and warders – including a suicide and a male rape – was dropped from the BBC's "Play for Today" slot in 1977.

Letters: Aid for Afghanistan

Aid millions for Afghanistan end up back in the US

Rowan Pelling: An old-style mistress would not recognise her successor

So should we be more French about the whole business?

Scientists in bowel cancer breakthrough

Scientists have established how bowel cancer turns aggressive, leading the way for potential new drug treatments, it has been revealed.

BoE sounds warning on recession and deflation

Sterling plunges below $1.50 and hits new record low against the euro

Mortgage approvals fell to new low in April

There was little sign of an end to the pain in the property market yesterday as the number of new mortgages approved for house purchase slumped in April to a record low, beating even March's record-breakingly poor performance.

Bankers hit back at Governor's attack on City bonuses

Bankers in the UK have launched a counter-attack against the Bank of England's Governor, Mervyn King, after his criticism of the industry's multimillion-pound bonuses.

Bank deputy governor Gieve urges early interest rate cut

Another cut in UK interest rates edged closer yesterday after it emerged that the deputy governor of the Bank of England Sir John Gieve has moved into the camp calling for reductions.

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