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Carphone Warehouse delighted the City today by regaining full control of its High Street business from US giant Best Buy, paying less than half of what it received for the stake in 2008.

US retailers plan for a bumper holiday season as consumers start spending

American consumers hit the shops in higher-than-expected numbers last month, raising optimism among retailers planning for the holiday season. Economists already knew the US government's $3bn (£1.8bn) vehicle scrappage scheme had boosted car sales last month, but retail sales were strong across the board.

The Insider: Get in the mix with these great ice-cream makers

A quick glance at the ingredients of some supermarket ice-creams can make them sound less than appetising – extracts of Irish moss seaweed (carageenan), ground-up locust beans and corn syrup are just three of the ingredients added to commercial products to improve their taste and shelf life. There is an alternative way to indulge though, by investing in your own ice-cream maker.

Will Windows 7 be worth it?

Microsoft is already offering discounts on US pre-orders of its next-gen Windows version.

The Insider: Get a grip of the basics for maximum performance

There's a daunting number of tyres on the market. Before you start looking, you'll need some basic information about the right type for your car. You can only fit the size and specification of tyre recommended by the manufacturer for the wheels on the model you drive.

Carphone set to open Best Buy stores as it splits in two

TalkTalk broadband unit to be hived off into separately listed company

Best Buy delays UK roll out

The opening of the first Best Buy stores in the UK has been delayed until the first quarter of next year.

The Insider: Fridge-freezers

Looking for cheap chills? Try these cool cabinets

450 jobs 'at risk' at Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse said today that 450 head office and support centre jobs are "at risk" of redundancy.

Retailer Best Buy suffers from retreating value of its stake in Carphone Warehouse

Best Buy's third-quarter profits have taken a $100m hit to reflect the tumbling value of its near-3 per cent stake in Carphone Warehouse, as the retail giant revealed that it is to slash jobs and capital expenditure amid the "most challenging environment" it has ever faced in the United States.

Carphone ponders £900m spin-off of Talk Talk

Carphone Warehouse, the telecoms and broadband provider, is mulling proposals to spin off of its home phone and internet business Talk Talk, in a bid to release some of the value of the group for shareholders.

Currys owner scales back investment

Consumer electronics giant DSG today said it planned to cut capital expenditure by around £30m this year as part of efforts to deal with deteriorating consumer confidence across Europe.

DSG cautious on consumer outlook

European electrical goods retailer DSG International Plc said it did not expect its markets to recover before 2010 as it posted a drop in first-quarter underlying sales and profit margins and pledged to cut more costs.

Market Report: DSG and Kesa shares hit by HSBC downgrade

HSBC unsettled DSG International and Kesa Electricals yesterday, pouring scorn on the notion of a possible bid from Best Buy.

Carphone broadband growth hit by property slowdown

Carphone Warehouse has halved its predictions for the growth of its broadband business this year, blaming slowing consumer spending and the contracting housing market.

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

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The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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America’s new apartheid

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Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

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... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?