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The 50 Best Garden Accessories - Lighting

From the patio to the potting shed, Kate Watson-Smyth weeds out the grooviest gear for your great outdoors

The 50 Best Garden Accessories - Tables and Chairs

From the patio to the potting shed, Kate Watson-Smyth weeds out the grooviest gear for your great outdoors

Wincanton walks away from TDG bid

Wincanton, the UK road haulage group that has contracts with companies including Marks & Spencer and Homebase, has walked away from a £233m bid for rival TDG.

Argos owner reports mixed fortunes

The Home Retail Group delivered a mixed picture on trading today after a slide in sales at Homebase was offset by better-than-expected business at Argos.

The Week Ahead: Tesco can weather storm with solid UK growth

Tesco is due to publish a first-quarter update tomorrow and despite evidence of declining sales performance, analysts expect the company to report a solid start to the year in the UK.

Cost of Living: Greenhouses

So, the summer is here, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is back on television and the green-fingered, or eco-minded, among us will be just itching to tear up the patio and plant a row of runner beans.

Questions Of Cash: With vouchers, it pays to read the small print

Q: As a result of a safety recall, I had to return my Flymo mower to the retailer, Homebase, in exchange for a new machine. But instead of this, Homebase gave me a cash refund of £80. I bought a similar machine for £100. I later returned to the shop with a Homebase voucher, which was worth £5 when more than £50 was spent. But I was told this was not accepted after the original sale – unlike my experience with the Nectar loyalty scheme. DR, St Albans.

David Prosser's Outlook: Tesco goes for flower power

Never mind the Chelsea Flower Show. The really fascinating battle of the blooms culminated yesterday in a decisive victory for Tesco over the Scottish entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter. The supermarket group has reached agreement with Sir Tom's West Coast Capital to buy its stake in Dobbies Garden Centres, giving it total control of the chain.

Retail sales fall again as tough conditions look set to continue

Retail sales fell for the second consecutive month in April, putting consumer spending at its rockiest since the spring of 2005, according to figures published yesterday.

The Investment Column: Online gaming company 888 is worth a gamble

Longmead Group; Telford Homes

Industry-specific Masters: A box of business delights

Everyone from festival organisers to military personnel can find a management course to spur on their careers. Midge Gillies reports

Coach says 'time for England to play with style'

There is a supreme confidence in Sven Goran Eriksson's approach to a World Cup that will define his reputation as England manager and it emanates from the finest squad he has had at his disposal during five years in the "impossible job". With one notable exception, his theory can be put to an instant test this afternoon, as the Swede was last night insistent that Steven Gerrard would be fit for England's opening game with Paraguay.

The Investment Column: It's pricey but GUS still has upside

It's worth sticking with Whittard of Chelsea; Recovering Incepta is worth holding on to

GUS looks at demerging Experian unit

GUS, the owner of Argos and Homebase, yesterday set itself a two-year deadline to decide whether to break itself up as it unveiled plans to return £200m to shareholders.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker