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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

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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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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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