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.

How to get your hands on the best mobile phone deals around

Want a flashy handset and a low-cost contract? There is a way, says James Daley

Thrifty Living: At last, a way for us poor, exploited punters to hit back

I'm fascinated by the new public ratings website, www.plebble.com, which enables the public to rate businesses for their service and value for money. Rather deliciously, supermarkets which reported the highest profits over Christmas (Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco) are coming off rather badly in the Plebble chart, while good old Waitrose is riding high (probably because it's nice to chickens). The businesses that come out worst are the dreaded computer security system Symantec and Carphone Warehouse. Hooray! At long last, a public revolt against Carphone Warehouse's teeth-grinding queues, tortuous handsets and inexplicably enormous bills.

Market Report: Xstrata lifted by Vale approach speculation

There was more talk in the mining sector as the Xstrata saga continued to advance yesterday.

Market Report: Vodafone rises after talk of US operation sale

Traders complained that the rumour mill was dead yesterday, despite a strong performance in London after surprise gains on Wall Street. As the rally took hold, the only speculation that spread through the City was that Vodafone Group was set to sell its US business.

First Night: Morrisey, The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London

Morrissey still loved, but slightly less than before

Carphone Warehouse says outlook good despite sales fall

Carphone Warehouse has blamed tough trading on the high street for the retailer connecting fewer mobile phone customers than expected over Christmas.

The Week Ahead: Tesco set to give some much-needed retail cheer

Harried investors overrun by last week's flurry of bad headlines must be praying for some retail therapy as they prepare for another set of results from some big-name retailers over the next few days.

Designers invade mobile phone market to open new front in fashion wars

Italians lead the bid to wrest a slice of lucrative market and expect some of the world's top models to lead the campaign. Susie Mesure reports

Regulators drop final charges against

Wall Street regulators have dropped their last remaining charges against Frank Quattrone, the investment banker whose deal-making helped fuel the 1990s dot.com boom but who was accused of corruption by favouring some clients in technology flotations.

Private Clubs: Cocktail empire

The British are coming. From NYC to Cannes, who better to run a venue where exclusivity is mixed with snobbery and style? Lucie Greene on the clubs luring stars to the bars

Market Report: Weak Link weighs on Carphone Warehouse

Nervousness ahead of today's trading statement from Carphone Warehouse sent shares in the group tumbling 6p to 158p yesterday as traders fretted that they could disappoint.

Profits boost for Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse sees bumper Christmas

Carphone Warehouse predicted a bumper Christmas for mobile phone sales yesterday but warned that third-generation (3G) phones were unlikely to be filling many stockings.

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