M&S clothing sales fall again - for eighth successive quarter but Marc Bolland upbeat

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland today insisted things were starting to improve despite the struggling retailer posting an eighth successive quarter of falling clothing sales.

Lord Freud: 'Food from a food bank is by definition a free good and there's almost infinite demand'

Food banks row: Bishop of Truro hits back at Lord Freud

'A lot of evidence some people have to use them because of benefits system glitches'

Watermelon, strawberry, labneh and mint salad

Watermelon, strawberry, labneh and mint salad

Serves 4-6

Alex Mills is the latest of Alan Sugar's Apprentice hopefuls to be sacked

Apprentice 2013: It's tweezer-gate! This week's sacking raises eyebrows as Alex Mills denies having them plucked

The Apprentice hopeful Alex Mills told how TV's most talked-about eyebrows were all natural after he became the latest contestant to be trimmed from the show.

Ian Brady makes himself toast for breakfast and regularly cooks soup from packets, a tribunal has heard

'Hunger striking' Moors murderer Ian Brady's diet: toast for breakfast and packet soup during the day

The Moors murderer Ian Brady, who claims to have been on a 14-year hunger strike, makes himself toast for breakfast and regularly cooks soup from packets, a tribunal heard on Monday.

A cute sense of irritation: What's 'wackaging'? It's when food packaging treats consumers like idiots or children

The vogue for cutesy widdle phwases on the back of products, as pioneered by Innocent Smoothies, isn’t going away. It’s known as ‘wackaging’ – and it’s driving Will Coldwell mad

Agenda: Hirata buns; Skins; Father's Day; Google Glass; John McEnroe; restaurant menus

Middle-class problems: Restaurant menus

The 10 Best Body Scrubs

Whether you’re prepping for fake tan or are aiming for super-smooth skin, there’s a scrub to suit you

A government inquiry into the adulteration of processed beef products with horsemeat and pig meat and an FSA review, both triggered by last year’s crisis, are due to report this year

Food safety testing to be beefed-up

Standards agency calls for tougher testing and monitoring by councils after horsemeat scandal

Tom Sellers: The French Laundry-trained chef on hot dogs, jellyfish and floral desserts

My earliest food memory Eating hot dogs and burgers at the fair in Nottingham, where my mother and father took me as a kid. It's not so much the taste that stayed with me, but the smell. Standing by the wagon, with the aroma of burning onions filling my nostrils, it really got me. I still love eating burgers now, particularly at MeatLiquor in London.

Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in the Praia de Lux resort in Portugal

Police review of Madeleine McCann case identifies new leads and 'more than a handful' of persons of interest

Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell said the people could be investigated further if only to be eliminated as people of interest.

It might look a little like a veggie burger, but is in fact a pulled pork patty

Services sector surge reduces stimulus chances

The UK economy’s powerhouse services sector moved firmly on to the front foot in April, stacking the odds against a return to the printing presses by the Bank of England’s rate-setters next week.

Whitbread has vowed to step up expansion of its Premier Inn and Costa chains in a move set to create 12,000 jobs over the next five years

Whitbread promises 12,000 new jobs in five-year expansion for Premier Inn and Costa Coffee chains

Whitbread today cranked up expansion plans for its budget hotel chain Premier Inn in the UK and Costa Coffee globally, as the leisure group delivered annual profits ahead of City expectations.

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He's behind you, dude!

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