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DIY giant plans new sustainable future

B&Q is drawing up plans to lease rather than sell some of its big DIY products such as power drills as part of a sustainable business strategy.

The Business On... Peter Hargreaves, Executive director, Hargreaves Lansdown

The City is in a bit of lather over Hargreaves Lansdown, we hear?

Tablets drive the digital march of the FT

Pearson, the parent of the Financial Times, yesterday hailed the strong growth of the newspaper's digital operations, driven by the popularity of tablet computers such as the iPad.

Domino's shrugs off 'World Cup' effect to boost half-year sales

The UK's demand for pizza remains undimmed this year as Domino's revealed profits were up 15 per cent and management shrugged off fears that its popularity was on the wane.

Traders claim eBay fees are killing business

Small firms which rely on the auction site for most of their sales say that its new higher commissions are squeezing profits

100 lose jobs as cruise firm reaches end of the line

Tens of of thousands of holidaymakers who booked through one of Britain's leading cruise specialists learnt last night that the firm has ceased trading.

Sports Direct turns up heat on struggling JJB

Sports Direct, the UK's biggest sporting goods retailer, has said the business model of its troubled rival JJB appears to be "broken", as it delivered a surge in profits which triggered one of the retail sector's largest ever bonus payouts for staff.

Leading article: The human cost of a dubious business model

Brand toxicity claimed the News of the World, and now the same phenomenon has finished off Southern Cross care homes. It had been expected that some, perhaps many, landlords would leave the group, as it struggled to put together a rescue. But by yesterday all 752 said they wanted no more to do with Southern Cross, and the group is to be wound up.

Tim Payton: Two billionaires, no buys: Arsenal must smarten up

Three weeks ago fans attending the Arsenal Supporters' Trust Q&A with club chief executive Ivan Gazidis were promised a busy summer of transfers to strengthen the first-team squad.

Watchdog warns banks not to repeat PPI failings

The regulator overseeing the new financial watchdog warned yesterday that banks were working on new products to replace discredited personal protection insurance (PPI) and vowed to step in to stop customers being ripped off.

Take a bow, Rose Bowl. You're not perfect yet but it's your day

This could be the start of a magnificent adventure for the Rose Bowl. Tomorrow, it will become the 105th ground in the world to stage Test cricket, the 10th in England, the third new venue on this island in eight years.

Cracked open: the £200m boiler-room industry

The FSA is getting tough on share scams that target small investors

Glencore disappoints despite rising profits

Glencore, the commodity-trading giant which began life as public company with a blockbuster listing last month, missed forecasts with its maiden results yesterday.

Lansley to stand and fight for his NHS reforms

Andrew Lansley returns to the political front line tomorrow to fight for his controversial proposals to overhaul the health service.

Southern Cross on the brink as losses soar

Southern Cross Healthcare admitted its future was in "significant doubt" yesterday after it slumped to losses of more than £300m and said crucial talks with its landlords had stalled.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
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Vietnam
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South Africa
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas