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Feeling the effects of an over-indulgent festive season?

UK-listed drinks giant Diageo - the company behind some of the most popular spirits in the world including Johnnie Walker - has also been one of the best investments you could have made this year, according to Karunathilake

Five crackers for investors to back this Christmas?

The companies behind this year's most popular presents may provide good investment opportunities, says Nick Paler

Anne Hathaway: Fantine in Les Miserables was 'dream' job

The Hollywood star didn't need to dream a dream, she lived the dream

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.

Twinkle, twinkle: How to shine like a little star this Christmas party season

From top, clockwise: Extra dimension skinfinish in superb £21.50, MAC, available nationwide

Burberry struts back from profit warning with overseas expansion

Burberry, the luxury fashion group, has bounced back from a shock September profit warning with forecast-beating results.

Georg Jensen bought by Investcorp

The Middle East investment house that previously owned and floated Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co is turning its hand to a Danish upmarket jeweller.

£14m bailout for Pringle after a sixth year in red

Luxury brand Pringle of Scotland has posted its sixth consecutive annual loss and received a £14m bailout from its Hong Kong-based owners.

Market Report: Shell's focus 'has switched to Afren'

City rumour-mongers couldn't stop shelling out gossip on Europe's largest oil producer. On Wednesday, whispers emerged that Shell could be taking a look at BG Group after its share price sunk. Then yesterday FTSE 250 Africa-focused oil and gas company Afren was said to be its target.

Market Report: Centamin shares tumble after ruling

Gold mining in Egypt dates back to pre-dynastic times – way before 3,100BC. Miner Centamin Egypt's experience is a little more recent – it began working its flagship Sukari gold mine in 2009.

Tom Bawden: Only two women CEOs left in FTSE 100: perhaps it is time to give quotas a go

Cynthia Carroll is the second female FTSE 100 chief executive to resign in less than a month, and cuts in half the number of women holding the top spot at a blue-chip company.

FTSE 100 loses another female boss as Anglo American's Cynthia Carroll steps down

The FTSE 100 Index is to lose another female chief executive after Cynthia Carroll announced she is to step down as boss of Anglo American.

SVG Capital is dented by Boss

A sharp fall in Hugo Boss's share price saw SVG Capital, the quoted proxy for giant private-equity group Permira, go into reverse in the third quarter.

Longchamp bags a spot on Regent Street

Longchamp is to open a large store in London's Regent Street as part of the French luxury group's global expansion plans.

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