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Online sales climbed a record breaking 58% as HoF celebrated 'best ever' Christmas

Forces hunt man over OAP murder

Three police forces are hunting a serial sex attacker in connection with the murder of a pensioner battered to death in her own home.

Finishing touches: Autumn fashion is aglitter

And on to the accessories. Autumn's aglitter with ruby slippers, jewelled purses and chandelier earrings, says Gemma Hayward

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen create luxury handbag collection

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have created a luxury handbag collection under their fashion label The Row.

Thatcher handbag sold for £25,000 at charity auction

A handbag belonging to Margaret Thatcher fetched £25,000 when it went under the hammer, auctioned by Lord Archer.

That's steep! Mulberry defies the downturn as profits rise 358 per cent

Emma Hill's hallmarks are supple and slouchy leather, shiny brass hardware and shapes that are classic but not too formal

Bags boom drives Burberry profits

Fashion house Burberry finished a stellar year in style today as bumper sales of leather bags and accessories drove a surge in annual profits.

Jimmy Choo sold to Labelux for £500m

Labelux, the private luxury group which already owns Bally, has bought Jimmy Choo for around £500m. Labelux snapped up the shoe firm ahead of a host of rival bids, including the private-equity outfit TPG.

Deborah Ross: A lime-green polo may not be a good look

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What your bicycle says about you

Cycling doesn't just get you from A to B any more. Bikes have become an inspiration for writers, fashion designers and photographers. They are an expression of who we are – and who we want to be, argues Harriet Walker

Milli Millu bags luxury market for busy women

Mireia Llusia-Lindh, the Barcelona born, London-based entrepreneur, was so fed up with not being able to find a handbag that fits a laptop as well as all those other things women store in their bags, that she designed her own.

Samsonite gets packing for IPO

Samsonite, the luggage maker backed by the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and Royal Bank of Scotland, is lining up an initial public offering in Hong Kong.

Harriet Walker: Face to face with a gadget bore

The bray of the gadget bore takes a lower tone than a donkey's and an only slightly higher pitch than that of a public schoolboy on the drone-o-meter, I found out last weekend.

How designing handbags led to making cheese tables

Design lessons learnt by Mulberry founder Roger Saul
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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