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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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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick