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Michael Gove applauds Barclays' £1.25m schools support package

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Simon Kelner: Man of the People? Give me my ivory tower any day

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Starbucks customers react angrily to loyalty scheme changes

Starbucks has come under fire from its customers after changing the terms of its loyalty scheme.

Katy Guest: How to succeed in retail: sell good stuff, politely. Er, that's it

Mary Portas spent seven months writing her exhaustive, 50-page report on how to save the nation's high streets, so I am pleased to inform the Government and retailers that I can tell shops how to save themselves in the next 700 words. Fundamentally, the secret is to emulate John Lewis and not to be like La Senza, which will all seem very obvious when I explain it.

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Macchiato brûlées

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High street coffee shops could pose a risk to pregnant women due to large variations in caffeine content, according to research.

Starbucks to create 5,000 jobs

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