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With a seasonal changeover and a tie-up with Repossi, the Mayfair store is thriving, finds Rebecca Gonsalves

Models wear creations for Belgian fashion house Dries van Noten's ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 collection

Diversity, dichotomy and divisive dressing – that’s what Paris Fashion Week is all about

Prints clashed on the Dries Van Noten catwalk, while Rochas’s pastels glittered

The Week Ahead: Analyst wheys up Dairy Crest profits

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Feeling peckish? Or a bit parched? Well your appetite might be sated today with updates from fizzy-drinks firm AG Barr, cheese to milkshake company Dairy Crest and cake maker Finsbury Food. Peel Hunt’s Charles Hall smacked his lips at Dairy Crest’s cheese operations when he visited it recently which he says gave him “insight into the £40m investment in whey and the cheese operations”.

Market Report: Fed shock puts the shine back on gold

City traders are fickle types, and yesterday the only thing they appeared interested in was stocks that dig up yellow metal. The markets surged after the shock news that the US Federal Reserve will not reduce its current asset purchasing programme – much to the surprise of many who had predicted a tapering of quantitative easing. As the markets took it on board, the dollar weakened and gold, in turn, jumped.

James Moore: British watchdog will oversee Libor

Outlook We're often told that regulation is a thoroughly bad thing, holding back business and getting in the way of job creation (see repeated Conservative manifesto).

Inessa Tarverdiyeva re-enacts her crimes on Russian television

Authorities accuse Russian couple of robbery and murder in ‘Bonnie and Clyde-style’ crime spree

A former nursery school teacher and her partner, a qualified dentist, lead a criminal gang that killed police officers, security guards and homeowners it is alleged

Canada stocks drop ahead of US Federal Reserve decision

Canada's main stock index was slightly lower on Wednesday, with investors unwilling to make big bets ahead of a US Federal Reserve announcement later in the day on whether it will start scaling back its stimulus program.

Market Report: Bid talk casts Shire as buyer, not target

Traders have named the pharmaceuticals group Shire as a takeover target more times than they have taken paracetamol, but yesterday the City was overdosing on rumours that Shire was lining up a takeover of a US drug group.

Models at Julien Macdonald’s show

London Fashion Week: Strictly glamour on the catwalk

Rebecca Gonsalves reports from London Fashion Week, where Julien Macdonald, the master of glitz, splashed his dresses with sequins and J W Anderson wrapped his models in gauzy chiffon and embossed leather

The £50,000 solid gold iPhone

Yours for up to £50,000: The REAL gold iPhone 5S outshining Apple's new release

Bristol-born businessman expects gold rush of orders from minted iPhone 5S buyers

People have been demonstrating around the country against the Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, like here in Bucharest

Romanian gold rush cancelled as protesters defeat Europe's biggest mine

Plan to blast Transylvanian mountains dropped despite promise of billions

James Moore: Pensions another way to pay the fat cats

Outlook The TUC today releases the latest edition of its Pension Watch survey, an illuminating document which analyses the retirement arrangements of the directors of this country's top 100 companies.

Peckham: the Soap Opera

Theatre review: Peckham: the Soap Opera - a piece of hyper local community theatre

“Something’s always going down in Peckham.” So grumbles one of the residents who both spiritedly diss and defend their neighbourhood in this show, exhibiting weariness with its constant soundtrack of police sirens or lack of jobs, but also a fierce local pride.

Market Report: Fresnillo left behind as miners march on

A Mexican silver and gold miner got buried at the bottom of the blue chips yesterday, despite the rest of the market piling in to diggers on signs that China is powering ahead. Fresnillo tumbled more than 2 per cent as analysts at UBS said it was looking “expensive” at its current level.

South African gold miners to strike next week

South African gold miners will go on strike next week after talks with the country’s Chamber of Mines collapsed.

Beowulf is depicted in his battle against Grendel

Feasting and fighting: the long-lost secrets of Beowulf

Archaeologists in Denmark have excavated the sixth-century great dining hall at the centre of the epic work

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