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Holiday group TUI soaks up profits uplift despite costs of swine flu

TUI Travel, owner of the British holiday companies Thomson and First Choice, shrugged off the recession and the impact of swine flu yesterday as it posted a surge in underlying third-quarter profits.

Sarah Sands: Biggs is the darling of Fleet Street. When he goes, it goes

The clue to a person's age is not hands so much as precious cultural references. The outstanding age indicator of these past days has been the media coverage of Ronnie Biggs. The name means little if you are under 40. Yet the front pages of most newspapers carried heartfelt coverage of the villain's final release from prison on the 46th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery.

David Prosser: Not currently pulling in the punters

Outlook One reason banks give for not lending greater sums at very low interest rates is their desire to be fair to savers as well as borrowers. That's laudable enough, but if the current account market is anything to go by, you shouldn't expect a great deal if you're in credit with your bank.

Consumer Rights: Phishing scam took my family's financial future

Reader fights for compensation after suffering £20,000 fraud ... The true price of debt management companies

James Moore: Give it a rest, Ashley

Outlook As if owning Newcastle United wasn't bad enough, it seems Mike Ashley's main business – Sports Direct – is also having a torrid time of it. It's still making money – just – but a 90 per cent fall in pre-tax profits is an ugly number and there's no dividend either.

How can YouTube survive?

It's wildly popular - and thought to be losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Now questions are being asked about the future of YouTube. Rhodri Marsden investigates a mystery of digital-age 'freeconomics'

US-style salary cap worth considering says Gazidis

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes the Premier League should consider a salary cap in a bid to achieve financial stability.

Twitter is named UK's top website for growth

Twitter, the social networking phenomenon embraced by celebrities including Stephen Fry and Russell Brand, is Britain's fastest-growing website, it emerged yesterday. Traffic on the "micro-blogging" website has risen 22-fold in a year, faster than any other site, according to the internet analyst Hitwise.

Rhodri Marsden: The online business models that definitely didn't work

With the news that Facebook isn't quite as highly valued as it used to be, that Twitter is continuing to prevaricate over exactly when it might bringing in any substantial revenue, and with doubts blasting from all sides about the ability of online ventures to subsist on the meagre proceeds of online advertising, it might be worth reminding ourselves of a few online business models that once seemed eminently viable, but crashed as commonsense finally prevailed.

Films for free: Lights, camera, download

Websites like Spotify and Last.fm allow us to discover new music and enjoy our favourite tunes for free. So why can’t we watch movies the same way? Tim Walker discovers why Hollywood is dragging its heels

Why the bag lady is good in bed

Eccentric designer Lulu Guinness is celebrating her 20th year anniversary. Annie Deakin meets the eccentric force behind the business.

'Terrific' FA helps Setanta stay in the game

Setanta Sports last night tried to allay fears it is heading for collapse by praising the governing bodies to whom it owes money for "terrific" cooperation in ongoing talks about rescheduling payments. Setanta's current portfolio of rights includes a third of live Premier League matches, plus FA Cup and England games, the Scottish Premier League and PGA Tour golf.

PepsiCo offers $6bn for bottling companies

PepsiCo, the world's second-largest soft drinks manufacturer, yesterday offered to pay $6bn (£4.1bn) to acquire its largest two bottlers, in a bid to seize greater control over its product sales in North America.

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Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine