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Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

The Week Ahead: Grim figures expected from Home Retail

City analysts are predicting further sharp falls in like-for-like sales at Argos and Homebase when their parent company Home Retail Group posts its interim management statement this Thursday.

Rolls and Balfour team up with Areva to generate 15,000 nuclear jobs in UK

Rolls-Royce and Balfour Beatty have signed up with Areva, the French nuclear reactor maker, to create an industry bloc ready to exploit the opportunities of the UK's nuclear renaissance.

Investment Column: Cash-generative Croda has an air of beauty

Balfour Beatty; Wetherspoon (JD)

The Week Ahead: Thomas Cook and TUI travel with confidence

The FTSE 100-listed travel groups Thomas Cook and TUI Travel are due to update the market on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, and, despite concern about the state of consumer spending, analysts anticipate upbeat statements from both.

The Week Ahead: ASOS likely to thrive as high street suffers

The full-year results for ASOS, formerly As Seen On Screen, will interest those looking for guidance on trends for the resilient online retailer and the sector as a whole. The broker Landsbanki said that as the figures were largely flagged at the pre-close update, the focus will be on the current trading and its outlook.

Jarvis: the company that made a billion and nearly lost it all

As the rail-maintenance group gears up for a sale, Mark Leftly looks back on a dash for growth and the accident that changed everything

Stripped-down Jarvis seeks to get off the train with £100m sale

Jarvis, the quoted rail contractor chaired by former London mayoral candidate Steven Norris, is preparing for a sale this year.

Construction firms accused of price fixing

More than 100 construction firms were today accused of "bid-rigging" by competition watchdogs after one of the biggest ever investigations by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Kill or cure? What price a private finance injection if Brown signs the NHS's life away?

Under the 'Lift' initiative, billions are being spent on upgrading Britain's health facilities. But, as Mark Leftly reports, there is a sting in the tail

Metronet swallows £14m a week as contract wrangles continue

The cost of keeping London Underground maintenance firm Metronet in administration is set to escalate past £500m, the rail workers union said yesterday.

The Week In Review: Desperate dogs will eat anything

The stock market is starting to behave like an ill-treated dog. Ignore it, then throw it a bone and it will lick you all over – as in its enthusiastic reaction to a by no means exuberant trading statement from Character Group, the toys, gifts and games group.

The Week Ahead: Tesco set to give some much-needed retail cheer

Harried investors overrun by last week's flurry of bad headlines must be praying for some retail therapy as they prepare for another set of results from some big-name retailers over the next few days.

Curious George (U)

A shy museum attendant, voiced by Will Ferrell, sails to an African jungle to find an ancient idol, and comes back instead with a mischievously inquisitive chimp. In an age of 3D computer-animation, Curious George is a rare beast: a traditional 2D cartoon. But it's a throwback in other ways, too. Inspired by a series of 1940s storybooks, it glows with unironic joie de vivre, and it has almost none of the smart-alec hipness that's mandatory in today's Dreamworks and Disney products. The Wild, for instance, is wall-to-wall pop hits, movie references and grown-up innuendo. Curious George may have the inevitable King Kong pastiche, and adults might appreciate the loopiness of Will Ferrell's lines ("You don't give a monkey latte!"), but overall this sunny film has a dangerously novel concept: it's a children's cartoon that's aimed at children.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas