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The closure of a tax loophole has hit profits at online birthday and Christmas cards retailer Moonpig.

Jobs warning over Channel Islands VAT plan

A lawyer warned today that hundreds of jobs could go in the Channel Islands after a High Court judge gave Chancellor George Osborne the go-ahead to disrupt exports of tax-free goods by closing a “loophole”.

Channel Islands challenge VAT plan

The Channel Islands are urgently challenging the legality of proposals they fear could "devastate" a thriving internet trade in VAT-exempt goods, including CDs and DVDs.

Letters: Falkland Island

It is depressing to read that the British ambassador to the United Nations has given the Secretary General on our behalf a rather obviously selective account of the history of the Falkland Islands and British claims to sovereignty (report, 4 February).

HMS Victory to be raised from the sea

The remains of the first HMS Victory are to be raised from the sea bed nearly 300 years after it sank, it was reported today.

Heather Watson knocked out in Hobart International first round

British teenager Heather Watson was knocked out of the Moorilla Hobart International in the first round today by Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova.

Retail: Crackdown on VAT dodge for CDs and DVDS from Channel islands

The Government is to close a loophole that cost it an estimated £100m in lost taxes and allowed retailers to ship CDs and DVDs to the UK without paying VAT.

Channel Islands VAT loophole is closed

A loophole that exempts DVDs and other cheap goods dispatched from the Channel Islands from VAT is being closed, ministers have announced.

Robson wins first battle of the Brits

They are firm friends but British tennis will be hoping they also become big rivals. Laura Robson and Heather Watson, who have both won junior Grand Slam titles, met on the court for the first time yesterday in what could become a long-running battle for supremacy between the British teenagers. Robson, the 2008 Wimbledon junior champion, beat Watson, the 2009 US Open junior champion, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament in Barnstaple, Devon.

Robson wins first battle of Brits

Watson outgunned by 17-year-old friend but says rivalry is great for women's game

Beauty retailer returns are looking good

Online beauty retailer Feelunique.com has beat its own financial targets for the first half of the year, reporting like-for-like sales in the six months to the end of September had risen by 57 per cent to £10.4m.

Pole who murdered six people 'tried to kill himself last month'

Matt Blake reports from Jersey on the troubled final weeks of the man whose knife rampage has shocked the tranquil island

Brave Watson lets the lead slip after heat takes its toll

Heather Watson's hopes of a third WTA quarter-final of the year ended with a three-set defeat by Canada's Stéphanie Dubois at the Citi Open in Maryland on Thursday.

There are scores of islands for sale at bargain prices but is living in splendid isolation haven or hell?

Don't let the romance get in the way of the reality, says Graham Norwood

The Devil's Rock (18)

Starring: Craig Hall, Matthew Sutherland

Watson makes winning switch to grass

Heather Watson, fresh into the world top 100 after her French Open first-round win, carried her good clay-court form over on to grass by defeating the 15th seed Chanelle Scheepers in the Aegon Classic in Birmingham yesterday.

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