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Chain reaction: who gets what – and where

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Wine: Think pink

At a time when French wine is regrouping in the wake of Australia's retail success, it must have come as yet another blow to find that it has just been elbowed out of pole retail position by the United States. This is due largely to the performance of monster Californian brands like Gallo, Echo Falls and Blossom Hill. American rosé is very popular with British consumers, for whom life seems just that little bit sweeter when a dollop of sugar helps the medicine slip down. Not that rosé's success is confined to California. When I popped into Reh Kendermann of Black Tower "fame" in Germany this month, they were ecstatic about the performance of their new Black Tower Rosé, the less said about which the better.

Mulberry takes cautious view despite bagging 'stunning' sales

Mulberry's chairman and chief executive, Godfrey Davis, remains cautious about the outlook for the luxury global fashion brand, despite it posting barnstorming sales for the past year that bucked the gloom in the fashion sector.

Grooming marvellous - for HER

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Wine: Bubble jeopardy

As the wine world's biggest success story, champagne is rarely off the front pages. The latest news is that the region's growers are aiming to extend their vineyards to make it possible to produce an extra 100 million or so bottles a year on top of the 330 million they already make. With demand outpacing supply, it's hardly surprising that its famous houses are not shy when it comes to charging. Last month Krug launched its first blanc de noirs, Krug Clos d'Ambonnay, a champagne that will retail at around £2,000 per bottle (no, I haven't had the sample yet).

The jean genies: What's the next trick for Australia's hottest design duo Sass & Bide?

With the help of a mass celebrity following, Sass & Bide launched the trend for skinny jeans and daringly low-cut hipsters.

The bottle that heralds a plastic revolution

It is the container that could launch a revolution. The first biodegradable bottle has gone on sale in Britain, raising hopes we may one day stop adding to the mountain of plastic packaging accumulating in shopping baskets and landfill sites.

The Investment Column: Stanley Leisure is not worth gambling on until it wins some new licences

Why not have a nibble at FishWorks? - GW Pharma's hopes could still go up in smoke

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FASHION SPECIAL: Paradise found

Pack your sense of adventure - this season there's something for the most intrepid follower of fashion. Photographs by Luke Kirwan Styling by Beth Dadswell

Wholly Roman Empire

In less than two years, he has transformed English football, yet very little is known about Roman Abramovich's day-to-day involvement with Chelsea. Does he talk to the players? How often does he go to the ground? Would he know the tea lady? Jason Burt went in search of the most powerful man in football and came up with some surprising answers.


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