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Laundry business boosts Photo-Me

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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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
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Vietnam
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South Africa
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas