Arts and Entertainment Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone attend the 'Grudge Match' Rome Premiere

The screenplay is as sclerotic and slow moving as its two punch drunk leads

Kia Picanto and Volvo XC60 are depreciation winners

Kia's Picanto and Volvo's XC60 have emerged as two of the big winners in the annual depreciation survey carried out by Parkers, the car buying website and publisher of residual values data.

Lookers posts 3.8 per cent sales hike

The car dealership Lookers has forecast that full-year profits will be at the top end of City expectations as trading in its spare parts division continues to storm ahead.

Car sales rise in a 'year of recovery'

More than two million cars were sold in the UK last year, 1.8 per cent more than in 2009, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

New car sales topped two million in 2010

More than two million cars were sold in the UK last year, 1.8% more than in 2009, a new report showed today.

David Prosser: Retail is more resilient than we think

Outlook Already, a clear pattern of Christmas on the high street is beginning to emerge. The strongest retailers, it seems, managed to cope with the horrible weather and consumers' fears of austerity, but their weaker rivals have been hit hard.

Small business expects to bear brunt of VAT rising to 20 per cent

Smaller companies facing a disproportionate hit from today's VAT increase are warning the Government to look elsewhere for the growth needed to pull the economy out of recession.

Bernie, by Susan Watkins

The author, the wife of Formula One's medical chief Professor Sid Watkins and a close friend of Bernie Ecclestone for 30 years, began writing this biography of the sport's diminutive supremo nine years ago with Ecclestone's blessing. Then he changed his mind and blocked publication for several years before suddenly relenting.



David Prosser: Alexon's warning is just the first of many

Outlook I said yesterday in this column that it would be wrong to expect the pain of the big freeze to be shared out equally across the retail sector, and the profits warning from Alexon underlines the point. This is a retailer that was finding life tough before the big freeze, and which has relatively under-developed internet and mail-order businesses. It was always going to struggle more than most once shoppers found themselves snowed in.

Hamish McRae: India must spread its wealth more evenly

It is a two-speed world. One half, the developed half, is desperately struggling to get things moving again. The other half, the rest of the world, is trying to rein back its growth. We talk about the recession. For many of the emerging economies, there was no recession. We worry about debts – personal, national, company and so on – and how we will repay. In much of the emerging world, there are such large savings that for many there is little need to borrow. We worry about the cuts in public spending. There, there are no cuts, for there is no need for them, and no bank rescues were needed either.

Palle Huld: Actor whose round-the-world journey was the inspiration for ‘Tintin’

As demonstrated again in the recently broadcast Arte television series, Sur Les Traces De Tintin – Following In Tintin's Footsteps – Hergé drew on a myriad sources to create the iconic globe-trotting reporter whose adventures have enchanted readers of all ages for eight decades now. However, the Belgian cartoonist, who used a pseudonym based onthe initials of his real name Georges Remi, led interviewers a merry dance when quizzed about the inspiration for his character, with claims of "Tintin, c'est moi", and honourable mentions for his younger brother Paul as well as a student friend with a propensity for plus fours.

Woman denies beating husband to death

A woman suspected of bludgeoning her estranged husband to death denied his murder when she appeared in court today.

Snooker: Higgins prevails in first match back on British soil after ban

John Higgins made a winning return to competitive action in Britain yesterday with a 9-6 victory over Stephen Lee at the UK Championship in Telford.

Signs of stability in building trade

Confidence and activity in the building trade seems to have stabilised, according to the latest survey from the Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply (Cips), but the severe weather conditions will threaten the sector's slow recovery.

Van Dam’s trading course to counter ‘rip-off’ tutors

Lex van Dam, the trader who risked $1m of his own money in the TV show Million Dollar Traders to prove that anyone can play the stock market, is opening his own online Trading Academy this week.

DVD: Dougal & the Blue Cat, For retail & rental (Second Sight)

This Magic Roundabout feature-length spin-off is everything you'd expect from the children's stop-motion series, and more.

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