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Laundry business boosts Photo-Me

Boots poaches Argos executive

Alliance Boots has lured a former director of Home Retail to its UK health and beauty division.

Dire results at HMV and Argos spark festive trading fears

Two of the UK's biggest non-food retailers had a day to forget yesterday, as HMV unveiled a calamitous slump in sales and the continuing woes at Argos resulted in a profits warning for its parent, Home Retail.

The Week Ahead: Evolution rather than revolution at Morrisons

Morrison's, the grocer, will provide the highlight of the reporting week when new chief executive Dalton Philips makes his first public City appearance following his appointment to replace Marc Bolland.

Argos sues Maersk for £8m over price rise on goods from Asia

High-street chain accuses shipping giant of reneging on contract and boosting container costs threefold

M&B chairman vows end to shares chaos

Sale of Hollywood Bowl expected tomorrow as part of John Lovering's plan to 'normalise' pub chain

The price is right: From £50 to £50,000 there are a wealth of ways to update your home

If you've been putting off decorating because you think you can't afford it, or the house is feeling a bit cramped for a growing family but you don't really want to move, perhaps it's time to think about a small refurbishment. A little refreshing of the current decor. It's amazing what even a lick of paint can do to transform a room and, if you apply it yourself, it can cost just a few quid. So, with penny-pinching in mind, here are some ideas you can steal for a budget of £50, £500, £5,000 or even for a small remortgage of £50,000.

Bargain Hunter: Avon and the art of bargains

As all good bargain hunters know, the art of bargain building is one of the best ways to save money both online and on the high street. Avonshop.co.uk is always a decent place to uncover these kind of savings and at the moment customers can pick up £88-worth of items for just £25.40. The foundation of the saving is the fact that Avon is offering a free Anew clinical beauty treatment worth £31.50 when you spend £20 on other Anew items on its website. Before making your purchase, I'd recommend you visit http://ind.pn/cupNrq where the guys from the Mad About Bargains website detail which combination of Anew items provide the biggest savings.

Market Report: Dana Petroleum retreats amid deal speculation

Dana Petroleum was one of yesterday's losers amid rumours that the oil prospector may be holding out for an offer of up to 2,000p per share.

Part of the landscape: For the ultimate in outdoor comfort, built-in garden furniture is best

Dining spaces, sleek lighting – and somewhere to stash your cushions

Investment Column: Home Retail Group can defy the sceptics

Premier Farnell; Allocate Software

'Toxic' sofa victims to receive £20m payout

Hundreds of customers who suffered from skin rashes caused by "toxic" sofas are to receive a total of up to £20m in compensation.

Homebase to post £40m profit, but Argos drags group down

Contrasting results for shops owned by Home Retail, as families improve rather than move home

Carpetright profit warning fuels double-dip fears

Carpetright sent shivers down the spine of retail DIY and home product chains yesterday with a profits warning that wiped 11 per cent off its market value.

Home Retail weathers Argos woes

Home Retail Group toasted an upgrade in full-year profit expectations yesterday, despite the dire January weather contributing to one of Argos's worst performances in its 37-year history in recent weeks.

DJ Taylor: Come on Pauline

Mrs Prescott joins the ranks of superior Labour wives; it's the end of the line for a lottery yob; three cheers for experts; bored stiffs; and dreamers
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003