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.

Dominic Lawson: Rich people lack something vital – even more money

Most of us would be content with £873m. But not the likes of David Ross

Paul Gosling: It's no laughing matter for Carphone Warehouse

Questions of Cash

Pledging shares against loans 'widespread' in City

Company Directors are under pressure to reveal shares pledged against loans in the wake of the David Ross affair, with insiders saying the practice is "widespread" across the City. The urgency to disclose mounted as Mr Ross resigned from his fourth post in as many days, and is waiting to learn if his resignation from a fifth is to be accepted.

Blow to Boris as Ross quits Olympic role

Ex-Carphone boss is Mayor's fourth appointee to resign in eight months

David Ross quits as Boris's aide

The Carphone Warehouse businessman embroiled in a share-selling scandal resigned today as Olympics adviser to the Mayor of London.

Tesco Mobile mulls offer to take on 'Talk Talk'

The chief executive of Tesco Mobile has revealed it is mulling launching a combined mobile phone and broadband offer to take on Carphone Warehouse's Talk Talk, as it guns to become the UK's leading telecoms player.

Jeremy Warner: Carphone's Ross condemned as either knave or fool

Mr Ross is entitled to do with his shares what he wants, but when he pledges them to others, the markets are also entitled to know about it

Phone tycoon quits over shares

One of Britain's leading businessmen and a close ally of David Cameron was forced to resign in disgrace from the company he founded yesterday for misusing shares valued at £130m.

Market update - 8 December

The FTSE 100 was up 189.6 points at 4237.99 and the FTSE 250 advanced to 5921.68, up 236.15 points, at 11.46am today

Carphone Warehouse co-founder quits over shares silence

The co-founder of TalkTalk firm Carphone Warehouse resigned today after failing to declare the use of his shares as backing against personal loans.

Margareta Pagano: We could come out of this crisis in much better shape

Is all this gloomy talk making things much worse? This may seem a little odd to ask after a week in which more than 20,000 people lost their jobs. On Friday another 3,000 jobs went at Royal Bank of Scotland while Citibank said it was slashing 10,000 jobs , many of them at Canary Wharf. Two more banks, Clydesdale and Yorkshire, are planning to cut 350 jobs and many more thousands will go from financial services.

The Insider: Heroic heels to brighten up the dreariest day

The weather may be a little cold outside, but slipping on a pair of these exquisite, vivid red shoes from Pour La Victoire is sure to brighten up even the dreariest day. Called Pascale, the gladiator-style heels from David Giordano's chic range incorporate some intricate detailing, including braided ankle straps and trendy studs. Priced at £265 (020-7729 5050).

Barclaycard finded £50,000 for silent calls

Ofcom today fined Barclaycard £50,000 for breaching rules on silent and abandoned calls, the regulator announced.

Best in show: Carphone Warehouse (Chi and Partners)

On 17 November 2006, Kristofer Ström posted his hand-drawn stop-motion video for Minilogue on YouTube. That was nearly three million hits ago. Many of those viewings were by bored advertising creatives trawling for ideas. More than a few found themselves charmed by its innocence, simplicity and invention, and resolved to harness these qualities to the Great Engine of Commercial Desire. I was one of them. But for one reason or another Ström’s handiwork remained virgin and intact. Until now

Market Report: Hope of European unit sale boosts DSG

DSG International was the main feature in the retail sector yesterday after rumours suggested a disposal may be in the offing.

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