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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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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor