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.

Carphone set to open Best Buy stores as it splits in two

TalkTalk broadband unit to be hived off into separately listed company

Tesco set to reveal a solid £3bn in profits

Tesco's chief executive, Sir Terry Leahy, is expected to reveal tomorrow that profits at the group tipped £3bn last year, despite the onset of the credit crunch and the recession.

Tiscali auditors refuse to sign off broadband provider's accounts

Tiscali, the Italian broadband group that last month failed to sell its UK business to BSkyB, has suffered another setback after its auditors refused to sign off the company's accounts over fears it could collapse.

Market report: Capital fears weigh on L&G ahead of results

Legal & General was under pressure last night, with nervous investors banking profits ahead of the company's full-year figures, which are due this morning.

Questions of Cash: Gig tickets signed, sealed but never delivered

Q. In June last year, I bought two tickets for a Stevie Wonder concert at the O2 arena from a website, tickets4venues.com, paying £233 with a Lloyds Visa card. In August, I received an email from tickets4venues.com saying they were unable to fulfill the order. I am still waiting for a refund. I have sent six emails to the website chasing the refund, but without success. Lloyds has said it cannot refund me because I paid by debit card. EJ, London.

450 jobs 'at risk' at Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse said today that 450 head office and support centre jobs are "at risk" of redundancy.

Free Agents - I'll make you a star

Channel 4's caustic new comedy series follows the tumultuous work and love lives of three showbiz agents. Gerard Gilbert meets the show's cast-iron talent

Jeremy Warner: Ross takes bullet for common practice

Outlook: Poor old Rossy. No, not that one. I'm talking about David Ross, the co-founder of Carphone Warehouse. He was frog- marched off the boards of no fewer than three publicly quoted companies, including Carphone, and subjected to the sort of demonisation reserved for fraudsters and investment bankers after it emerged he'd mortgaged his shares for personal loans.

Soldier critically ill after town centre fracas

A young soldier was in "critical" condition today following a "nasty incident" with two other men, police said.

Investment Column: Carphone Warehouse is worth keeping on hold

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The Week Ahead: Grim figures expected from Home Retail

City analysts are predicting further sharp falls in like-for-like sales at Argos and Homebase when their parent company Home Retail Group posts its interim management statement this Thursday.

Directors face deadline to reveal share pledges

A flood of disclosures is expected from directors who pledged shares in their companies as security for financial transactions after the City watchdog set a two-week deadline for them to come clean without facing punishment.

Tory treasurer pledged Numis shares against loans

Spencer reveals loan deal that should have been disclosed to market

David Prosser: The City doesn't seem to understand its own rulebook

Outlook The fallout from the David Ross affair continues, with the revelation yesterday that City grandee and Conservative Party Treasurer Michael Spencer has also used a substantial shareholding in a company of which he is a director as collateral for personal loans. Like the Carphone Warehouse founder Mr Ross, Mr Spencer did not tell the company in question, the stockbroker Numis, about the loans, or disclose the arrangement to the market.

Retailer Best Buy suffers from retreating value of its stake in Carphone Warehouse

Best Buy's third-quarter profits have taken a $100m hit to reflect the tumbling value of its near-3 per cent stake in Carphone Warehouse, as the retail giant revealed that it is to slash jobs and capital expenditure amid the "most challenging environment" it has ever faced in the United States.

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