News Lucky to survive: Constant updates on Michael Schumacher’s condition over-rode most other news

The seven-time Formula one world champion is fighting for his life after suffering serious head injuries, with a helmet camera he was wearing hoping to reveal more information about the accident

Deutsche Bank goes back into unquoted stocks

Deutsche Bank, Morgan Grenfell's embarrassed parent, has taken a stake in Benetton's 21 Investimenti, a firm which invests in fast growing, unquoted companies.

Benetton backing Britain

One of the world's best known and most controversial fashion firms will give a big vote of confidence to Britain's economy on Thursday when the largest Benetton megastore in the world opens in Oxford Circus, writes Paul Rodgers.

The post-racist bubble bursts

We knew it all along. Now even Ofsted admits the link between race and educational achievement

Are you getting too much sex in your ads?

With complaints at an all-time high, do advertisers really know what shocks us? A new survey reveals all. Report by Meg Carter

Berger is driving force at Benetton

The enduring optimism within the Benetton-Renault camp, or at least that sustained by their irrepressible boss, has encouraged them to look on the bright side of life all through a difficult season. Over the weekend here, Flavio Briatore was proclaiming: "If we can't be world champions for racing this year, we are for our pasta."

Chris Saverimutto injured in sevens tournament

Rugby Union

Lost in virgin territory

'Kids' is more frank than honest, more manipulative than you'd expect.

Benetton poster banned

Benetton, the clothing company, has once again run into trouble for its advertising, this time over its poster campaign depicting bloody human hearts, it will emerge today.

Walkinshaw target is flying Arrows

David Tremayne reports on the small Formula One team ready to upset the big players

LETTERS: Feeble curb on advertisers

Sir: With reference to your article, " `Offensive' posters send complaint levels soaring" (3 April), I am afraid the hundreds of people, myself included, who complain about advertisements are unaware that they are well-meaning but naive participants in an elaborate game arranged by the advertisers themselves.

Benetton plans float

BENETTON Sportsystem, the sportswear arm of Italy's Benetton family, is considering a multi-million pound flotation on the London Stock Exchange within the next two to three years.

Ready to wear: Nothing like the real thing

Synthetics continue their steady ascent. Improved technology has made fibres which fell out of favour in the Seventies, such as rayon, polyester and acrylic, more attractive to wear. They have become more hydrophilic (ie less sweaty) and they can be used in finer gauges, thus becoming more versatile. This is good because man-made fibres, whether from a synthetic polymer (such as acrylic) or from a natural one (such as rayon/viscose) are perfect for the slinky knits that are so big this season. Slinky knits and jersey knits are perfect for covering up less- than-perfect figures; but there are a few things to watch for. Firstly, look for Lycra in woollen jersey, a recent innovation that helps the cloth keep its shape (mostly used by designers at present but also by Marks & Spencer); secondly, some slinky knits can cling, so prevent this by investing in Marks & Spencer "Cling Resist" underwear (from pounds 5 for a waist slip from branches nationwide). As for wearing slinky knits, the rule of thumb is: if you wear a fitted top, wear a loose bottom and vice versa.

Is anybody out there?

One day companies will have to relocate in cyberspace. Futuristic babble? That's what they said about the car

Right, wrong, and right on

Katharine Hamnett started it, and now the fashion world can't get enough of trendy causes. Is it just an ingenious marketing ploy or a force to be reckoned with?


We don't still make things in Europe, do we? Benetton does and it is succeeding in style by putting high technology before low labour costs
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

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