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Cardiff City FC set for Singapore float

The Week Ahead: Tough quarter expected from Mothercare

Mothercare is expected to reveal slowing sales growth when it posts a quarterly update this week with the fourth-quarter figures likely to have been hit by tougher comparatives and the cold snap which persisted over January, February and early March.

Business Diary: Rentokil bugged as PR gaffe is exposed

Red faces at Rentokil and its PR agency BrandsLife, which claimed research showed the typical train carriage might be home to 1,000 cockroaches, 200 bedbugs and 200 fleas. The shocking findings were widely covered in the media, but prompted some cynicism amongst scientists who actually know a thing or two about such matters. After a series of blogs questioning the research, Rentokil has published "a clarification and an apology". This was a worst-case scenario, Rentokil now admits, based on assumptions such as the carriage never being cleaned or carrying any passengers to stamp on the pesky insects.

Jersey Shore - Looks like a Shore thing

If you thought that voyeuristic reality TV was dead, then think again: a new US series bound for the UK, focusing on a group of young Italian Americans, is causing a big stir. Gerard Gilbert reports

The Week Ahead: Barclays kicks off bank reporting season

The banking sector, which has been the centre of public attention as bonus season has got into full swing, will retain the limelight this week as Barclays issues its full-year results tomorrow.

John Rentoul: How many years out in the cold?

Labour is likely to lose the general election. Its main concern now is damage limitation

Business Diary: The perfect product placement?

Kentucky Fried Chicken employs some bright folks in its marketing department. How best to launch its "fiery wings" meal, they wondered, before noticing reports about town councils across the US being short of funds to install new fire hydrants. Enter KFC, which is paying for the hydrants on the condition it gets to advertise its fiery wings on them.

Investment Column: Autonomy proves worthy of its lofty rating

Domino's Pizza; Games Workshop

The Week Ahead: M&S and Next to deliver Christmas verdict

The first major indicators of the festive trading period will come when the high-street bellwether Marks & Spencer and the fashion chain Next both post results on Wednesday.

Angry Italian-Americans demand MTV pull 'hateful' reality show

Advertisers withdraw as docu-drama accused of derogatory stereotyping

Italian Americans outraged at reality TV 'slur'

They put up with The Godfather, Goodfellas, and several decades of gangster movies. They endured the cult success of The Sopranos, albeit through gritted teeth. But tolerant as they have reluctantly tried to be of fictional portrayals, one thing Italian Americans definitely won't stomach is a reality TV programme which appears to suggest that their community consists entirely of Mafiosi, bimbos and buffoons.

Christmas shopping with your smartphone

Forget writing a list and checking it twice - when it comes to getting the best festive buys, your smartphone is the most impressive bargain-hunter around. Rhodri Marsden reports

Opening time for Wetherspoon

Pubs across Britain are closing at a record rate. So how does JD Wetherspoon feel confident enough to promise to open 250 new outlets in the next five years?

Do Big Phil and Shiny Simon have the X Factor?

The king of the talent show is raking it in while saving ITV. But that's not enough. Now, reports Richard Northedge, Simon Cowell is forming a joint venture with a real billionaire, Sir Philip Green

The Week Ahead: Well-targeted advertising pays off for M&S

High Street bellwether Marks & Spencer promises to hog the headlines with a second-quarter trading update, due on Wednesday.

The night I was riddled with bullets at barracks

On 7 March two young men died and several others were critically injured when dissident republicans launched a lethal and indiscriminate gun attack on Massereene Army barracks. Now, for the first time, one of the survivors has talked about the atrocity – and its painful, traumatic legacy.
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...