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Music stops on the high street

When it comes to buying their favourite sounds, Britain's consumers are switching in droves from CDs, DVDs and other physical formats to digital – which is bad news for traditional stores such as HMV, reports Gideon Spanier

Court delays judgment on evicting Occupy protesters

The High Court has reserved its decision on the City of London Corporation's attempt to evict anti-capitalist protesters from outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Capita snaps up translation firm

Capita has bought a translation business that acts for courts, prisons and police forces across the UK for £7.5m and up to a further £60m based on the next four years' profits.

WTA Tour loses its title sponsor

Sony Ericsson's sponsorship of the WTA Tour is to finish at the end of next year.

Lingerie chain La Senza to enter administration

High street lingerie chain La Senza plans to enter administration, the firm announced tonight.

Hansteen's investment push

The property investor Hansteen Holdings and a fund managed by the firm have spent £150m on 88 industrial warehouses formerly owned by the Merseyside-based Spencer Group.

Seymour Pierce receives record £400,000 fine from AIM

Seymour Pierce, the largest adviser to companies on the junior AIM stock exchange, has been handed a record £400,000 fine and publicly censured by the market's disciplinary committee.

Paul Smith defies gloomy trend as profits leap 36 per cent

Paul Smith shrugged off the downturn in the UK and the Japanese tsunami to increase its profits by more than a third in the past year.

Late Network Rail breaches licence

Rail regulators today ruled that Network Rail (NR) was in breach of its licence over declining punctuality levels.

Taxman saves BAE bonuses

The three top executives at defence giant BAE Systems have seen their bonus scheme salvaged by a tax deal from HM Revenue & Customs last Thursday.

Top lobbyist denies giving money to Tories – but accounts tell a different story

David Cameron's neighbour, who is the head of one of Britain's largest lobbying and public relations companies, denied yesterday that his company gave money to the Conservative Party despite evidence it has handed over £45,000 since Mr Cameron became leader.

BlackBerry firm hit by delays

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has been forced to delay the launch of its BlackBerry 10.

New leaf: Sylvia Beach Whitman plans to keep the shop in the Rue Bûcherie as her father wanted it

An eccentric American at the literary heart of Paris

The death of the founder of a unique shop in France marks the end of an era, say John Lichfield and Eleanor Stanford

Raise public trading or risk Footsie exit, foreign firms warned

Evraz, the Russian steel maker backed by Roman Abramovich, is one of five international resources companies that may be dropped from the FTSE 100 if they do not increase the number of shares available for public trading.

Leighton axes Pace boss Gaydon after profit warnings

The veteran boardroom operator Allan Leighton shook up struggling TV set-top supplier Pace Technologies yesterday as he ousted Neil Gaydon as chief executive.

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