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The quickest way to update your home is to add concrete to the mix, and from lamps to flooring, the high street has it covered. By Trish Lorenz

What Everyone Wants sounds third warning

What Everyone Wants, the discount retailer dubbed "What Nobody Wants" by its critics, issued its third profits warning in as many months yesterday, forcing the shares to an all-time low.

Storehouse owns up to its mistakes

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Storehouse to open more BhS branches

Storehouse, the BhS and Mothercare retailer, is to create 1,000 jobs this year as it undertakes a pounds 120m investment programme in its stores. It will open six or seven new branches of BhS as it moves to increase the number of outlets from 141 to 200. A further four branches of Mothercare will also open.

Laura Ashley boss earns pounds 1m

Ann Iverson, the chief executive of fashion and home furnishings group Laura Ashley, picked up a pounds 525,000 bonus last year which took her total pay to more than pounds 1m.

Is it worth it?: D&G go OTT, frankly

Something makes this bag cost pounds 495. But what is it?

Food of love carries health warning

Amorous couples have been warned to be vigilant after fears that an adult range of chocolate and fruit body paints may be contaminated with nuts. British Home Stores told customers a mistake may have occurred during production of its Dutch-made slap-it-all-over-lick-it-off Chocoholics range.

Not easily scarred

Almost exactly five years ago Merlyn Nuttall was dragged off the street in broad daylight, sexually assaulted and almost killed. Emma Daly listens to her inspirational story of physical and mental recovery

Six of the best home improvements

You don't have to go mad on decorating, or even buy works of art, to change the feel of a room - just add a touch here and there. Accessories such as rugs and lampshades can make all the difference. The key is not to spend a fortune, and to improvise. Maybe use old maps as wallpaper, or make the most of half-used tins of paint by painting stripes on odd walls. We've come up with six suggestions, one for each room of your house, to make an immediate difference.

Obituary: Barry Prothero

Barry Prothero was a committed fighter for gay liberation and an innovative curator, who helped set up and direct the Angel Row Gallery for Nottinghamshire County Council.

City Talk: Beware British Energy burnout

Yet another privatised utility has resembled the flight path of a Harrier jump jet in its share price performance. British Energy (now at 152p) has outperformed the market by 16 per cent over the last three months. Quite why this should be so, however, is something of a mystery: its interim results showed a pre-tax loss of pounds 53m. A cost-cutting initiative will help margins, but the dividend is unlikely to grow at more than 5 per cent a year. With high nuclear liabilities, just little things going wrong can have a big impact on the bottom line. Take profits.

Revamped Storehouse good value

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Ready to wear: Wedding bella

If you ever get invited to an Italian wedding, do go. They are an excellent source of entertainment, because (as with all nationalities, I guess) there is always one cousin who has gone all-out with the totally ostentatious dress or suit. There is another great tradition in Italy, giving bomboniere to mark a wedding, a landmark birthday, first communion or christening. These are sugared almonds wrapped in veils attached to a little "present" - a dust- gathering ornament or small silver picture frame for example, which although diminutive in size, costs a lot. Bomboniere are a huge industry and special cabinets are constructed to hold these hideous little things (you can't throw them away in case the person who gave them to you comes to visit) and the choosing of a bomboniera better than anyone else's, is almost as important as the choice of bridal gown. But at an Italian wedding, everybody always has a good time, the food is superb (no mandarins in syrup) and the vino flows. By the end of the day, through the rosy glow of red wine, even cousin Maria's hideous dress looks good. Thank you to Elena and Vincenzo, who allowed our photographer to take pictures at their wedding, where, sadly for us, there were no fashion disasters.

OF MACHINES AND; DESIGNER DREAMS

In the world of business the role of design has too often been forced to take a back seat, says Sir Terence Conran in his new book. Here, in our second essay taken from Terence Conran on Design, he guides us through some off the changes in the workplace - from the look of our offices to the increasing importance of corporate indentities - and argues that new technology could remove forever the distinction between home and work

Six of the best hats and scarves

1 Ski-tie hat, Lucy Barlow pounds 28 and M&S scarf, pounds 12. Look cooler than a snow-boarder in Lucy Barlow's ski-tie hat with "Snow" Logo. Made from ultra fashionable boucle wool it comes in ink blue, black, cream and brown. Marks & Spencer have a great range of winter warmers. This soft boucle scarf comes in charcoal and grey. Lucy Barlow, 0181-968 5333; M&S 0171-935 4422

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