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Billionaire businessman Mike Ashley left the City baffled last night about a highly complex derivatives deal that was revealed on one of the busiest days in the retail calendar.

Debenhams sent alarm bells ringing across the High Street

Debenhams shares crash as department store giant blames snow for profit warning

Retailer says like-for-like sales slumped by 10% during the 'snow-affected period'

The 10 Best desk lamps

Throw some light on whatever you're working on with a classic, quirky or even a canine design

Marks & Spencer suffers fashion sales slump

Marks & Spencer failed to pull in new year sales shoppers, with reports suggesting it lost ground to rivals Primark and Zara.

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How To Be Beautiful: Put your neck on the line

Pity your neck – it's a part of the body that gets little attention while it's in its prime. It's only when indelible creases start to form that you begin to study it in the mirror, realising that here's another part of your body on which to track the passage of time. It's then, too, that you look at models and envy the smooth skin on their throats as much as their svelte thighs.

Price cutting dents Debenhams sales record

Debenhams has become the latest of the big department store chains to post record Christmas sales, boosted by a surge in online revenues.

Debenhams hailed its best ever December performance today after ramping up pre-Christmas discounting

Online surge helps Debenhams to Christmas record - but markets still disappointed

Debenhams has become the latest of the big department store chains to post record Christmas sales, boosted by a surge in online revenues.

Debenhams clocks up record December sales

Department store Debenhams hailed its best ever December performance today after ramping up pre-Christmas discounting to attract cost-conscious shoppers.

The 10 Best kitchen scales

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The 10 Best board games

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without some games to play once the turkey has been scoffed. Here are the best of them...

Christmas wrapping: The best festive jumpers

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The 10 Best tech gifts

Treat the gizmo-lovers in your life with these great gadgets - from fun and funky to game-changing

A wing and a prayer: angels should top our festive trees

For more than a century it took pride of place – a shining harbinger of joy atop the verdant emblem of Yuletide. But now after many years languishing unloved and forgotten in the nation's lofts, the Christmas angel is staging a comeback against the creeping ubiquity of the star.Yesterday it was announced that one of the country's leading department store chains is leading a Twitter and Facebook campaign to save the angel – a tradition which became popular in the wake of the Germanisation of the British Christmas in the 19th century.

The 10 Best remote-control toys

Here are the hi-tech playthings you’ll be filling stockings up with this Christmas. Just watch your ankles...

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The 10 Best children's coats

Keep the kids warm as the mercury drops this winter with 10 cosy, cute, and stylish jackets

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee