News The logo of Samsung Electronics is displayed on a glass door at their headquarters in Seoul on November 6, 2013. Samsung Electronics promised better shareholder returns, dismissed fears over smartphone market saturation and signalled a more aggressive acquisitions policy Wednesday at a rare analysts' briefing to boost its flagging stock price.

Samsung has announced plans to open 60 of its own branded stores in Britain and six other European countries, in a bid to challenge Apple's successful retail store approach.

Best Buy unveils move into British online market

The US electricals giant Best Buy will launch an online shop in the UK within the next fortnight to take the fight to its rivals Currys, Comet and Argos on to the web.

Questions Of Cash: 'I've had no refund for my cancelled flight'

Q. I booked a return flight through Travelocity to Stockholm for my wife and me in March. The flight was cancelled because of the volcanic ash cloud. Travelocity initially said that it might take 12 to 16 weeks to refund. Despite reminders, I have not had my refund. CB, Brighton.

Carphone's Dunstone backs Jensen Interceptor relaunch

Charles Dunstone, the founder of Carphone Warehouse, has emerged as part of a surprise new venture: an attempt to resurrect the iconic Jensen Interceptor.

Questions Of Cash: 'My flood-damaged house is still not repaired'

Q. My home was severely damaged in the Cumbrian floods in November. No repair work has started and my child and I are still living in rented accommodation. My insurer, Tesco, commissioned a report on the state of my property, then rejected it and commissioned a second. The first report said a water channel had been cut beneath my home: the second says there is no evidence of this and the insurer refuses to investigate further. I have been told the insurer will pay only for repairs to damage that can be seen and, even if it could be seen, I could not prove it had been caused by the flood. Despite their argument, water entered my property again in February. Before November, I had a 17th-century farmhouse that did not flood and was not a flood risk. All I want is my home reinstated to the condition it was in before. AT, Cumbria.

Questions Of Cash: 'Halifax won't pay me my £5 account reward'

Q. My Halifax Reward current account is supposed to be credited with £5 a month in return for me making a payment into my account every month. But I did not get my reward in May. Halifax said that because of the May Day Bank Holiday my payments had gone in one day earlier than usual, on 30 April – so I was not entitled to the reward and was penalised because the bank chose to make the transfer early. I think other Halifax customers should know about this. MC, by email.

Team Origin make preperations for America's Cup

The Cowes Week stage is to be used for a major fund-raising push by Britain's Team Origin, which is challenging for the America's Cup.

Questions Of Cash: Airport car park refused me ash cloud refund'

Q. On 5 May I was due to fly to Belfast from East Midlands Airport, with BMI Baby. The flight was cancelled because of the Icelandic ash problem, so I used the ferry from Stranraer instead. My wife phoned the airport car parking agency and told them I wished to cancel my booking. East Midlands Airport gave me a letter to show my insurer to ask them to pay, but they refused. The car park company still refuses to refund my £22.99. AC, by email.

Best Buy opens first British shop but postpones website launch

Arrival of US electricals superstore chain forces competitor Currys to raise its game

Investment Column: Carphone is not as pricey as it looks

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Questions Of Cash: Carphone told me I'd lose my unused Fresh credit

Q Carphone Warehouse's subsidiary TalkMobile, which operates the Fresh mobile service, has informed me that it will close the service on 19 March. It suggests users transfer to TalkMobile. I topped up in December and was told nothing about closure. I now want to move my mobile account to Asda. TalkMobile tells me that unused credit will be lost: I have complained that it is unfair that I will not get a refund on my top-up. DM, Belfast.

The Week Ahead: Analysts predict festive cheer at Morrisons

City analysts expect Morrisons to outshine its peers when the supermarket group provides an update on its performance over the festive season this week. The company is expected to say that, excluding fuel and VAT, sales at stores open at least a year climbed 6.3 per cent in the six-week period to 3 January, according to a Reuters poll of 10 analysts. The forecast is better than broadly comparable figures from Tesco and J Sainsbury, both of whom issued updates earlier this month.

Retail veteran to chair New Look as it prepares IPO

John Gildersleeve will replace Phil Wrigley at the fashion retailer in January

Ofcom paves way for BT to lift wholesale charges by 4 per cent

BT could pass on cost of plugging its £9.4bn pensions deficit, regulator suggests

Ross gets job back a year after loan scandal

David Ross, the multi-millionaire co-founder of Carphone Warehouse who was forced to give up a slew of company directorships following a scandal involving loan collateral last year, won back one of his former posts yesterday.

Carphone to unveil TalkTalk chief

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