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The owner of Currys and PC World issued its second profits alert in as many months today after worsening trading conditions saw sales tumble 11%.

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Retailers feel the chill after snow hits sales

Some of the high street's biggest names unveiled falls in underlying festive trading yesterday, as last month's heavy snow and cautious consumers gave many chains a Christmas they will want to forget.

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Fashion chain Next has said it lost £22 million in sales as retailers revealed the impact of December's big freeze on festive trading.

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I remember Dixons – didn't they used to sell tellies and stuff?

Best Buy unveils move into British online market

The US electricals giant Best Buy will launch an online shop in the UK within the next fortnight to take the fight to its rivals Currys, Comet and Argos on to the web.

Currys' owner gets World Cup TV boost as profits rise

DSGi, the owner of the Currys electricals chain, yesterday revealed that its sales of TVs had risen sharply in the run-up to the football World Cup, as it posted an uptick in underlying profits ahead of City expectations.

Dixons and Comet banking on a World Cup bounce

John Browett, the chief executive of the electronics group DSG, will tell the market if his firm has enjoyed a World Cup bounce, when he reports preliminary results on Thursday.

Last Night's Television: Inside John Lewis, BBC2<br />Timeshift: Bread - a loaf affair, BBC4

Anyone with a passion for cobnuts needs to keep an eye on the Freeview spin-off channels these days. Cobnuts – for those of you who missed last week's entertaining documentary about Rachel Johnson's attempts to revamp The Lady magazine – was the nickname she gave to the idiosyncratic articles that were a feature of the organ she inherited, which included such urgent topics as the history of the cucumber and the virtues of the cobnut (hence the name). Rachel didn't much care for cobnuts and tried to get rid of them, only to discover that her audience had a strong affection for pieces with no rationale but their own curiosity. Cobnuts aren't generated by someone's publicity agenda or trying to ride a wave in the zeitgeist or piggy-backing on a celebrity pronouncement. They're just there because interest coagulated to create them.

James Moore: Happy days for Dixons

Outlook Something of a mixed bag from the high street yesterday, although shareholders in DSGi (the silly name for Dixons) had something to cheer about thanks to a robust set of numbers, let down a bit by PC World (that might not suprise anyone who has shopped there recently).

Business Diary: Lloyds parties right under the Bank's nose

Given that syndicated loans bankers have had little to do in the past year (after all, you'd be mad to lend to dodgy companies in a recession, no? regardless of what the Government says), why not have a party? On Wednesday night, the 43 per cent taxpayer-owned Lloyds Banking Group treated the loan market's glitterati to a fabulous evening of champagne and oysters. The venue? The City's Royal Exchange, just across the road from the Bank of England. In a week when we all learnt of HBOS's top secret £25.4bn loan before it joined Lloyds, was the lender of last resort invited to join in the fun and celebrate its repayment?

Claire Beale On Advertising: Giffgaff can give O2 a gift of the gab

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