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Spread betting: Go overseas in search of the land of opportunity

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Dixons Retail, the owner of the Currys and PC World chains, yesterday boasted soaring sales of Apple's latest iPad device and said its UK business had outperformed the market, despite the pan-European group suffering a slump in revenues in its second half.

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Business Diary: Red faces over Lord Browne

Glencore, the commodities trader that announced its record-breaking flotation yesterday, has Finsbury doing its PR. It is run by Roland Rudd, who is a close friend of Robert Peston, the BBC's Business Editor. So, when Peston revealed yesterday that Glencore had appointed ex-BP boss Lord Browne as its chairman, the world assumed he knew what he was talking about. Some surprise then when Glencore announced several hours later that Simon Murray was its new chairman. "OMG" Peston told the world via Twitter.

Retailers suffer worst sales for 16 years

Retailers have warned the Bank of England that raising interest rates would do "more harm than good" after posting their worst monthly sales for at least 16 years.

Labour's school building scheme 'wasted £2.5bn'

The days of swanky new flagship academies operating in "truly world class" school buildings are over, according to a government review published yesterday.

Carpetright and Halfords add to high street woes

Carpetright, the UK's biggest carpet retailer, has issued its second profit warning this year and its sixth in the past 12 months, as the slump in consumer spending shows no sign of abating.

M&S set to add to high street gloom

Marks & Spencer is expected to add to the gloom on the high street tomorrow when the retail bellwether posts its fourth quarter trading update.

Dixons blames cutbacks for consumer slump

Dixons retail, the owner of the Currys chain, blamed the "chilling effect" of government cutbacks for a dire slump in sales of electrical appliances and a profits warning yesterday.

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