News MyTablet - Argos's foray into the budget tablet market

Online sales now represent almost half of all Argos' business

Investment Column: Is it time to raise a glass or two to M&B?

M&C Saatchi; Songbird Estates

Business Diary: Wanted: your pet's business, dead or alive

Given that CVS has 160-odd veterinary surgeries around the country, there's a good chance you'll end up in one of its clinics should Rover feel a little poorly. But beware of the vet. The Aim-listed company wins the gold medal for conflicts of interest following its expansion into pet cemeteries and crematoria. "They make money whether they can cure your pet or not," explains a source close to the company.

Tory donor to 'lend' vote to another party

A major Tory donor has said he will "lend" his vote to another party at tomorrow's European elections.

20 years on, man held for clifftop murders

IRA was originally blamed for execution-style killings

Jeremy Warner: Desperate and not so desperate rights issues

Outlook As a textbook example of the way the credit crunch has been hurting ordinary companies, they don't come more striking than DSG International, the former Dixons electricals retailing group. Debt has risen threefold in just five months, forcing the company into a distress rights issue and share placing.

Czechs swoop on Russian retailer

PPF, the Czech Republic's biggest financial services conglomerate, has clinched a deal to gain majority control of Eldorado, Russia's largest electrical retailer.

Kingfisher poaches directors from rivals

The B&Q owner Kingfisher has raided rival retailers Ikea and Dixons to secure two senior executives, in a move that completes the group's new-look management team.

Voluntary work 'boosts CV'

Gap year students who take time out to do voluntary work are more likely to get jobs because it highlights their personal qualities and initiative, research shows.

O'Sullivan optimistic as Irish look for first win in New Zealand

Ireland have never won in New Zealand - they have played there only five times, perhaps because one draw and 12 losses at home have rather put them off the idea - but their coach, Eddie O'Sullivan, was in an oddly optimistic mood as he previewed today's first Test of two, in Hamilton.

Hamza El Din

Early practitioner of world music

Market Report: Tesco slips despite bullish note from broker

When the stock market decides it is moving in one direction, it can be very difficult for any stock to resist. Even an exceptionally bullish analyst's note from Deutsche Bank yesterday, on Tesco, was not enough to stop its shares falling, although a 4.5p drop to 316.5p was a better performance than the wider market.

Matthew Norman's Media Diary

My deep respect for their lordships

Digital radios rule the airwaves as new models outsell analogue sets

Radio has not been so cool since the 1980s when Mike Read was king of the airwaves and Stock, Aitken and Waterman had their first No 1 hit.

The Investment Column: Still some bargains in the shops

A focused Misys could be one to watch
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Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

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Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

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