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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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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment