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Clinton Cards puts for sale sign over Birthdays

Clinton Cards, the greetings card retailer, has put its ailing Birthdays chain up for sale, as the group's new chief executive seeks to turn around its performance.

Rebecca Armstrong: Hear that? It's the sound of my temper fraying

Clunk clunk clatter clunk. THUD. Sound familiar? It will do if you live beneath someone who has wooden floorboards. They're so smooth and shiny when they're underfoot, and so easy to clean. Overhead, they're a silence-shredding menace. Tiptoeing mice become clodhopping elephants. Toddlers taking their first small steps sound as though they're taking giant leaps from a great height. Yes, as you can tell, I live underneath some of the damn things. I also have them on my floors, but I'm absolved from noise-related guilt because I live in a basement and the only thing underneath me are earless earthworms.

Lord Sugar's finance director steps down

The long-serving finance director of Lord Sugar's private holding company, Amshold, has stepped down and left the board in a surprise move.

Former O2 boss pulls out of F1 leadership race

A senior figure in Formula One (F1) motor racing who was widely tipped to take over from 81-year-old chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has stepped down, i can reveal.

Fast worker: Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One shock as the man in pole to succeed Ecclestone quits...

A senior figure in Formula One motor racing who was widely tipped to take over from 81-year-old chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has stepped down, the Independent can reveal.

China will spend £67bn on military

China's annual legislative session opens today amid a challenging leadership transition and a day after the country unveiled the latest in string of boosts to defence spending.

Surprise as Sugar's Amshold FD steps down

The long-serving finance director of Lord Sugar's private holding company, Amshold, has stepped down and left the board in a surprise move.

Court interpreter service 'wastes thousands'

Thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money is being wasted every day due to problems caused by a new system for providing court interpreters, it was claimed yesterday.

Engelbert and fans celebrate Eurovision second coming

British Engelbert Humperdinck fans reacted with delight yesterday to the news their hero is to represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song contest, expressing their hope that the assignment might finally earn the 75-year-old King of Romance his rightful recognition in his home country.

New direction pays off for Laird with as results rise

Laird, the former shipbuilder that reinvented itself as a maker of electronic components used in tablets and smartphones such as Apple's iPhone, recorded a 31 per cent jump in profits to £53m last year as revenues rose 19 per cent to £491m.

Murdoch's newspapers for sale?

The man with ink in his veins might have to consider the unthinkable

WPP hails profits milestone

Advertising giant WPP hailed a landmark year today after achieving revenues of £10 billion and profits of £1 billion in "difficult circumstances".

Domino's boss gets another 1m share options

Domino's Pizza UK has handed its new chief executive a further million share options, after an initial award of a million last year, as part of a "special recruitment incentive".

Olympic rings are towed on the Thames yesterday past the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, where equestrian events will be held in August

Get it right on tickets, warns Sports Minister

Robertson tells Games organisers Locog they must offer better service to the public in April

Serco gets a fillip from Asian profit

Serco, the outsourcing group behind the Boris Bikes hire scheme, has reported a 13 per cent jump in profits as strong growth in Asia and Australia more than lustre demand in Britain and America.

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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

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60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

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