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On a recent trip to Paris, I noticed that the French are really quite tardy about taking down their Christmas decorations. I can't speak for the private homes of individuals, but in the streets, there they were, twinkling on against January's grey skies.

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With the clock ticking things can get desperate

Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon have written a Christmas children's book featuring their twins Roc and Roe's take on a popular carol

Mariah Carey writes Christmas children's book with husband Nick Cannon

Publishers will release 'Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas' in autumn

Royal Mail revenue boosted by online shopping frenzy

Higher prices for parcels and loads of Christmas cards delivered helped Royal Mail boost revenues by 2 per cent in the past nine months, the recently privatised business reported today.

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Six free apps no student should live without

These six apps are all free and easy to download onto your laptop, ipad, and smartphone. These apps are perfect for students whether you are looking for something to pass the time or something convenient to fit around your needs and activities.

A police officer stands guard near the home of missing boy Mikaeel Kular

Community memorial service to be held for Mikaeel Kular in Edinburgh

Police 'strongly believe' dead child found in Kirkcaldy is Mikaeel

Doubt cast on official retail sales figures

Retail sales rose at their fastest rate in nine years in December, the Office for National Statistics reported yesterday. However, some City analysts immediately cast doubt on the reliability of the figures.

Roger Lloyd-Pack has died at 69: Trigger quotes to remember

The "irreplaceable" British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, known for playing Trigger in classic UK comedy Only Fools and Horses, has died. His career spanned roles in The Vicar of Dibley and Doctor Who, Harry Potter and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. You can read our obituary here, but you might also enjoy these Trigger quotes from his best loved performances.

MyTablet - Argos's foray into the budget tablet market

Currys and Argos hail Christmas sales triumph

Online sales now represent almost half of all Argos' business

Moss Bros hits eight-year high and hikes dividend after Christmas sales surge

Shares of Moss Bros soared to an eight-year high in London trading after the suit hire and retailer unexpectedly said it will boost its dividend.

ASOS sales climb 38% in run-up to Christmas as high street rivals suffer

ASOS recently launched in China, marking its eighth local language site outside the UK

High street hit by weak Christmas trading as number of shoppers falls 3.7%

Disappointing set of figures after many stores pinned their hopes on sparkling Christmas trading following a weak autumn

James Moore: Let's not get too excited about the seasonal spending splurge

Outlook Raise a glass to Greene King. The pub and restaurant group reported a sparkling 5 per cent increase in sales over Christmas. But fill it with Cava rather than Champagne.

Greene King sees record sales over Christmas period

Brewer and pub owner Greene King today said it enjoyed its best-ever Christmas and New Year.

Online sales growing at fastest rate in three years as high street suffers

Web sales growth in December accelerated to 19.2%, the fastest rate for more than three years

Shuruq, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, wins the Al-Maktoum Challenge Round One in Godolphin's second colours

Shuruq shows old Godolphin virtues to open Dubai Carnival

Godolphin threw down the gauntlet on the opening of day of the Dubai Carnival with two runners who recently emerged from a six-month ban resulting from the Mahmood al-Zarooni steroid scandal – and were instantly rewarded in Round One of the appropriately named Al-Maktoum Challenge, but with a filly beyond reproach in Shuruq.

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