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Shares in Mulberry plummeted nearly 30 per cent in early London trading after the luxury brand issued its third profit warning under chief executive Bruno Guillon.

Claire Beale on Advertising: The smart money is on smartphones

As the nation's favourite brands count their booty from the Christmas sales bonanza, they will be hoping that success in 2013 is defined by more than a bargain rush in the final weeks.

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Sales of bulletproof backpacks have soared since the Sandy Hook massacre

Sales of bulletproof backpacks for kids soar in America

Elmar Uy thought his software was acting up when he first saw the huge jump in sales of bulletproof backpacks last Friday. He checked the figures and discovered the website's traffic had jumped tenfold.

Panda power: Limited edition minaudières £9,500 each, Rob Pruitt for Jimmy Choo, jimmychoo.com

Bear necessities: get them before they become endangered

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Christmas is coming, and the annual present buying ritual is well under way

Why not stop clicking and go down to the shops this Christmas?

There's great pleasure in a spot of "old-fashioned" shopping

The best Christmas gifts for the teen queen

Main image: sunglasses, £150, Henry Holland; watermelon necklace, £85, Browns; frame, £5, John Lewis

Gatwick profit trebles after new Asian routes

New routes to Russia, Korea and China helped Gatwick Airport fly almost 20 million passengers in the six months to October, and pre-tax profit more than trebled to £107.2m.

The best Christmas gifts for the sharp-dressed man

Main image: skull umbrella, £185, Liberty

Flaming Lips singer regrets fake grenade at airport

The frontman of the rock band The Flaming Lips, who attempted to take a replica grenade on to a domestic flight, prompting a security “lockdown” at Oklahoma City airport, has admitted he had “not quite thought” about the possible consequences of his actions.

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The 10 Best overnight bags

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She might be 40, but Hello Kitty is one cool cat

For a cat who's nearing 40, Hello Kitty shows no signs of slowing down – something her global legions of fans will surely be pleased about.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Hurricane Sandy has left me stranded, how can I get home?

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can Wizzair hide from their customers like this?

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The 10 Best Men's leather accessories

Gents can add a touch of class and luxury to their work-a-day wardrobe this season with accents of long-lasting leather

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