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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.

Commodities such as iron, wheat, sugar and zinc- are now two and a half times as expensive, on average, as they were at the turn of the century

What Price Stuff? The commodity price revolution

The world is in the grip of a commodity price revolution. Tom Bawden explains why scarce resources are going through the roof

Investors to force better deal from mining supermerger

Xstrata shareholders will take advantage of a technicality in the takeover process to seal better terms in its "merger of equals" with Glencore, a deal that would create a £50bn mining giant.

UK wastes billions as scrap is sent abroad

Lack of adequate recycling facilities and confusing legislation is hampering Britain's economy as demand for raw materials soars. Tom Bawden examines the case

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The business week in review: Toolstation, Yahoo, Next and Michael Woodford

In profit...

Mark Goddard-Watts found himself £24m richer when he sold his remaining stake in Toolstation to Travis Perkins, which runs the country's biggest network of builders' merchants.

The Kolwezi mine was seized from First Quantum in 2009

Member of MPs' expenses watchdog urged to quit over Congo mining deal

Industrialist hits back at use of parliamentary privilege as cover for 'libel'

Israeli diamond dealer who built fortune from Africa

At the centre of the battle for the Kolwezi copper mine is the secretive character of Dan Gertler, an Israeli diamond trader who has befriended some of the most powerful men in Africa.

Secretive gems trader with friends in the highest places

At the centre of the battle for the Kolwezi copper mine is the secretive character of Dan Gertler, an Israeli diamond trader who has befriended some of the most powerful men in Africa.

Jim Armitage: Goldman has its own reasons for gushing about the price of oil

General rule of thumb in the City: if Goldman Sachs tells you to buy buy buy, sell like hell. The reason, investors will tell you, is simple. Chances are that Goldman, somewhere along the line, is taking the opposite bet, or at least facilitating someone else to. Either that, or it'll be making money out of that suggested punt in other ways.

State of emergency over mine protest

A 60-day state of emergency has been declared in northern Peru after violent protests against a $4.8bn project to extend a gold mine, which residents fear will contaminate their water supply.

Market Report: Antofagasta leads the way on day of miner victories

A surprise loosening of the reins by China on its monetary policy meant the heavyweight diggers were back in demand last night. As the country's central bank dropped the amount of cash lenders must keep in reserve for the first time in nearly three years, the blue-chip miners stormed ahead, with Antofagasta leading the charge.

Pakistan says no to Antofagasta

Pakistan's Baluchistan province has rejected a mining lease application from Chilean copper producer Antofagasta and Canada's Barrick Gold, raising questions over the future of their Reko Diq copper-gold project.

Chile honours trapped miners one year on

The Chilean miners who spent 69 days trapped in a copper mine yesterday marked the one-year anniversary since their ordeal began.

Xstrata doubles dividend payout

Anglo-Swiss miner Xstrata more than doubled its interim dividend yesterday and pointed to a stronger second half, as ongoing tightness in the copper market helps the group to recover from a flood-hit start to 2011.

Cornwall: Make the most of Summer!

Cornwall offers far more than lazy beach days and watersports. This favoured staycation spot has a vibrant history, culture and cuisine, says Alex Wade
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?