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

Liquidators sue Carlyle Group

The liquidators of a mortgage securities fund set up by the Carlyle Group are filing a lawsuit against the private equity firm.

Trail of the unexpected: Victor Hugo’s Guernsey

The author of 'Les Misérables' relished exile in Guernsey. Nick Boulos traces his steps

Rooms with a view (but not much else): What's the attraction of living on a distant island or windswept glen?

Four far-flung homeowners explain why they've chosen remote residences

The big march: seeking out the UK's best gardens

While the rest of the country is glued to the World Cup, Emma Townshend will be traversing the UK exploring the best that the new 'Good Gardens Guide' has to offer

Yorkshire Building Society looks for buyers for its Channel-isles business

The Yorkshire Building Society, which recently merged with Chelsea, is to sell off its Channel Islands business.

The Last Word: Hooliganism isn't back... it never went away

Coins hurled at players, hoardings thrown at police, fan skirmishes – the bad old days are here to stay

Third sunniest April for 100 years in UK

This April was the third sunniest for 100 years, it was announced today.

The A-Z of European ferries

If last week clouded your opinion of flying, then Simon Calder has some ship-shaped solutions, from island-hops to cross-channel bargains

Price is not right as Cenkos ends takeover talks with JM Finn

City brokerage fails in buy-out attempt as City faces exodus of firms from the Square Mile

Travel challenge: A spring break in Jersey

Every week, we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a three-night holiday in Jersey, departing on 17 April. Prices are for two people.

Guernsey may classify club drug mephedrone

Authorities on the Channel Island of Guernsey are considering classifying the "legal high" stimulant mephedrone as a class A drug, it emerged today.

Diageo threatens to quit UK over tax

The drinks giant Diageo yesterday became the latest large British company to say it is considering leaving the UK for tax purposes.

Rich List drugs baron jailed for 13 years

Drugs baron Curtis Warren, thought to be one of Britain's richest criminals, was jailed for 13 years today.

Southern Softies (U)

Graham Fellows follows up his earlier spoof It's Nice Up North with another investigative outing for his alter ego John Shuttleworth, Sheffield's least fashionable singer-songwriter.

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