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Everything must go: Comet launches liquidation sale

Comet has launched a liquidation sale as administrators move to wind down the failed retailer ahead of store closures as early as next week.

Thousands fear losing their job as Comet faces collapse

Thousands of jobs are at risk as Comet, the 240-store electricals retailer, is poised to appoint an accountancy firm as administrator just nine months after the UK chain was bought for a token £2.

John Browett in July 2012 at Apple's new Barcelona store

Former Dixons executive John Browett shown the door at Apple

From Hemel Hempstead to Cupertino - and back again

Eurozone leaves Dixons with £120m loss

Dixons Retail, the owner of Currys and PC World, blamed hefty write-downs on the value of its struggling Italian and Greek businesses for a painful full-year loss of nearly £120m.

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1. Rowenta DG8760 Pro Perfect

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Spotlight on: Keith Jones, JJB Sports chief executive

Not seen this chap before.

Five Questions About: Extended warranties

How do extended warranties work?

James Moore: D'oh! they're still buying extended warranties

Outlook The writers of the Simpsons once used a fondness for extended warranties to illustrate their anti-hero Homer's stupidity. And yet despite the things being about as useful a car without wheels, people are still buying. To such an extent that the Office of Fair Trading takes a close interest.

Simon Read: Shops have the green light to carry on making fat profits flogging costly cover

The Office of Fair Trading has resisted calls to introduce greater protection for consumers from expensive extended warranties. The watchdog should have banned the sale of the cover at the point-of-sale.

Tablets cure Dixons' troubles over Christmas

Dixons Retail described trading over Christmas as a "rollercoaster ride", but the electricals group's shares jumped as its results were no worse than the City had expected.

Best Buy to start shutting stores

Best Buy will start closing down its UK stores on Sunday after throwing in the towel in its battle to shake up the UK electronics market.

Opcapita winning the race to buy out struggling Comet

The private equity firm Opcapita is leading the race to acquire Comet, the ailing 248-store UK electricals retailer that is owned by Kesa Electricals.

Business Diary: Taxman needs to print more paper

It may be lucky that HM Revenue & Customs was not in charge when the country needed a boost from quantitative easing. The hapless taxman yesterday revealed that it had failed to send out thousands of reminders to citizens to pay their bills on time because it had, er, run out of paper. A red-faced Revenue spokesman admitted that the cock-up had come about due to an "exceptionally high demand this year".

Dixons chief gets bonus despite mounting losses

John Browett, the chief executive of Dixons Retail, has pocketed a cash bonus of £122,000 for the year just ended, despite the owner of Currys delivering a loss of nearly £225m.

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