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Bond and Bake Offs boost for Aga

The unlikely combination of Mary Berry and James Bond have helped to give Aga's chief executive William McGrath "an air of optimism for 2013".

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Aha, the Wizard of Oz. How did he get that name?

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Commissioner elections embarrass Government

SSE defends profits surge of 40 per cent after hiking prices

The energy supplier SSE angered consumer groups yesterday by revealing a near 40 per cent surge in profits, weeks after slapping an extra £100 on fuel bills.

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Pumpkin brag: what a carve up!

The recession has seen fewer folk leaving their carved pumpkins on the front doorstep (they'll be nicked!), so jack-o'-lantern artists have looked elsewhere to show off their designs: social networking. And there has been plenty of pumpkin bragging (pumpkinbrag?) this week.

Imperial Tobacco puffs up the divi

Imperial Tobacco, the world's fourth-largest tobacco group, cheered investors yesterday with an 11 per cent dividend hike to a mighty 105.6p a share.

Editorial: Time to kick tobacco's butt

Is it too much to hope that in a hundred years' time, the smoking of tobacco will be a thing of the past, a quaint and ill-informed historical quirk akin to the use of lead as a face powder in the 18th century? With bans, taxes and public health campaigns already significantly depressing smoker numbers in the developed world, the hope is not wholly forlorn.

Should your boss be your Facebook Friend?

Should you Friend your boss on Facebook?

In a sign of our changing times, a forthcoming white paper out of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton school bears the title, "OMG My Boss Just Friended Me."

Argos looking to better-off shoppers to revive fortunes

Argos is making an aggressive pitch for better-off customers and winding down its traditional catalogue sales as part of a £300m bid to revive the struggling retailer's fortunes.

Olympic boost helps Sports Direct beat the slump

Nearly every other shop in Britain might be struggling to pay its way, but Sports Direct is flogging enough £1.49 tracksuit bottoms and 29p Wayne Rooney masks to send sales up 18 per cent to £403m in the nine weeks to October.

Argos launches £300m digital bid to woo richer customers and end catalogue of woe

Argos is making an aggressive pitch for better-off customers and winding down its traditional catalogue sales as part of a £300m bid to revive the struggling retailer's fortunes.

Premier poised to sell off Hovis

One of Britain's biggest bread brands, Hovis, looks increasingly likely to be sold after its owner, Premier Foods, said yesterday it was looking at a range of options to unlock value from an increasingly cutthroat business.

'Courtroom chaos': Government accused of endangering justice by using cut-price courtroom interpreters

Britain’s leading translators today accused the government of endangering justice with a cut-price private contract for courtroom interpreters, which is “dangerous to the interests of public safety."

Grant Shapps admits using his alter ego in Britain

Grant Shapps, the Conservative co-chairman who was photographed posing as a self-help guru under an alias at a Las Vegas conference, admitted yesterday deploying the same stunt at an event in London.

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