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Last year Carphone Warehouse hung up on its partnership with US retailer Best Buy, but today it picked up new partner Samsung and approving investors piled in.

Market Report: Fresnillo left with a free float dilemma

How will punters be able to get their hands on shares in the world's largest silver producer? Mexico's Fresnillo was discussing just that today. The miner is one of a handful of groups on the benchmark index facing a ticking clock – the deadline for their free float to reach 25 per cent is the end of the year.

Self-portrait: This 1977 print was created by gouging tiny squares out of a copper sheet

Charles Darwent on art: Chuck Close Prints - Process and Collaboration

Hundreds of tiny etchings create his vast portraits, but does knowing the process help us know Chuck Close? This fine show may fill in the gaps

China holds up Xstrata and Glencore merger on its fears over copper

Glencore's £56bn merger with Xstrata is being held up by the Chinese government on concerns the resulting group could wield too much influence over China's copper market.

New finance chief for Rio as big mining shuffle goes on

The changing of the guard continued in the FTSE 100 mining industry as Rio Tinto appointed Chris Lynch, a former finance head at BHP Billiton, as its chief financial officer.

Output down at Glencore-Xstrata

Glencore and Xstrata have posted a drop in combined output across key metals, as the two commodities giants continue to finalise their $36bn (£23bn) merger.

Wet weather has left a bitter taste to fruit and veg

Last year's sodden summer may have made fruit, vegetables and cereals harvested in the wake of the downpours less healthy and less tasty, according to one of Britain's leading agricultural experts.

ENRC deal with diamond trader Gertler criticised

A move by the controversial mining giant ENRC to sever its joint-venture ties with Dan Gertler, the Israeli diamond billionaire, has run into immediate criticism from governance watchdogs.

ENRC draws fire for attempt to 'clean up' its Congo holdings

A move by the controversial mining giant ENRC to severe its joint-venture ties with Dan Gertler, the Israeli diamond billionaire, has run into immediate criticism from governance watchdogs.

Wine: Crowd pleasers for Christmas

A taste of wine is worth 100 ads. So it proved with the wine walks which are consistently one of the most popular features of the Wine Gang's Christmas tastings in London, Edinburgh and Bath. Groups of 10 wine consumers go walkabout with a member of the Wine Gang, stopping at different exhibitors to taste and talk about a wine. The interaction gives everyone the chance to taste wines normally outside their comfort or shopping zones and it gives the five members of the Wine Gang invaluable feedback as to consumer preferences.

Suu Kyi demands apology for mine attack

Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, yesterday called on the authorities to apologise for a violent crackdown on protesters, including monks, who were occupying a copper mine.

Copper mine problems a headache for Xstrata

Problems at its huge copper mine in Chile have provided a fresh headache for the mining giant Xstrata, which is in the throes of a $32bn (£20bn) takeover by commodities trading giant Glencore.

Xstrata is hit by worries at Chilean mine

Problems at its huge copper mine in Chile have provided a fresh headache for the mining giant Xstrata, which is in the throes of a $32bn (£20bn) takeover by the commodities trading giant Glencore.

Antofagasta hit by prices drop

The Chilean copper miner Antofagasta has reported a 7.2 per cent drop in first-half profits, as falling prices and higher exploration costs outweighed the benefit of higher output from its Esperanza project.

BHP Billiton sees a dive in profits

BHP Billiton has delayed its planned $20bn (£13bn) Olympic Dam copper expansion and said no major projects would be approved in the year to June 2013, as it battles escalating capital costs.

Rio puts a brave face on poor numbers

Rio Tinto tried to look on the bright side yesterday when it said that China's economy will soon zoom ahead again.

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