Money

The rates may be enticing at the grocers turned banks but consumers need to take more care than they would buying beans, says Lindsay Cook

Nichols keeps its fizz after defying drag from the weather

The Vimto and Sunkist soft drinks maker Nichols saw its shares fizz up yesterday after it said it would beat City forecasts despite last year's dire weather.

Poll: As cigarettes go up to $20 a pack in Australia, how much would you pay?

The Australian government have announced a plan of tax increases which will see the price of a standard packet of 20 cigarettes rise to over $20 (£13) in the next 5 years.

Chemring shake-up as new chief ejects finance boss

After only two months at the helm of defence firm Chemring, new chief executive Mark Papworth today used the firm’s own ejector seats, replacing his finance boss and appointing a head of human resources in a boardroom shake-up.

Claire Beale on Advertising: The smart money is on smartphones

As the nation's favourite brands count their booty from the Christmas sales bonanza, they will be hoping that success in 2013 is defined by more than a bargain rush in the final weeks.

Doctors who unnecessarily prescribe expensive branded drugs when cheaper alternatives are available are facing a crackdown

Prescribe cheaper drugs, GPs told

'Inefficient' doctors targeted as NHS looks to save billions

Rafael Benitez praises 'resourceful' former rivals Everton

Rafael Benitez is bracing himself for a hot reception at Everton despite refusing to repeat his small-club jibe ahead of his first match on Merseyside as Chelsea manager.

Was £168, now £79.95. Add a touch of spring to your bedroom with this Esperanza quilt, anthropologie.co.uk

Time to bag a bargain

Fancy upgrading your interiors? Brave the cold – and the other shoppers – and you could find your dream sale item. Trish Lorenz explains how

Brands such as Burberry Mulberry are selling a sense of superiority

Investment Insider: Why the most expensive brands thrive in tough times

Why are brands, in particular exclusive or luxury brands, largely resilient to economic downturns? Because wealthy consumers generally do not stop spending even in the teeth of a recession.

French luxury goods group PPR buys Chinese jewellery brand Qeelin

French luxury goods group PPR has snapped up China’s answer to Tiffany – a Chinese jewellery brand called Qeelin.

Market Report: China puts brakes on luxury goods

The news out of China was good for mining stocks but bad for luxury goods shares yesterday. The new Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping spoke out against grandiose displays of power and wealth among his officials. He wants them to look like they are more in touch with the people.

Printed lace gown £2,585, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi

Out of Africa

Lagos may not be a traditionally fashionable city, but that's set to change with a celebration of Nigerian design at Selfridges

Starbucks has agreed to increase its rate of corporation tax contributions

Starbucks says it will start paying more UK tax - but baristas face cutbacks

Starbucks has bowed to the public outcry over its tax affairs and agreed to amend its operation, increasing its rate of corporation tax contributions, but 7,000 of the coffee giant's staff in the UK are now faced with cutbacks to their paid lunch breaks and sick leave.

The Office has been a big part of NBC’s schedule for years. It is also a prominent product placer, with plots revolving around such brands as Chili’s and Stap

It's the age of Reverse Product Placement: Fictional items from The Office go on sale

The media giant NBC- Universal broke US ad-sale records for its Olympic programming this year. But, as more people skip ad breaks, television shows must do all they can to make money. Product placement has long been a fixture of American TV, with some shows working real-life products into scripts without too much damage to reputations.

Confetti in Thanksgiving Parade contained shredded police files

Confetti in Thanksgiving Parade contained shredded police files

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade has become the focus of an investigation after it emerged the blizzard of confetti that accompanied the annual festival down Manhattan's streets last week featured shredded police records – including sensitive social security data and details about Mitt Romney's motorcade during the presidential campaign.

Green targets Chinese launch, as he tells retailers to 'stop crying' about trading

Sir Philip Green, the owner of the fashion group Arcadia, hopes to launch its first Topshop and Topman stores in China next year, as the billionaire said retailers should focus on improving their performance and stop "crying" about tough trading conditions on the high street.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project