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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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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions