Retailers enjoyed a "spectacular" Christmas, official data showed, with total sales growing at their fastest rate in years.

Do ethics have any business in the workplace?

Are students of business ready for lessons in ethics or do they think they are a waste of space? This was an issue dividing the deans and directors who attended the Association of MBAs' (Amba) conference in Berlin last week. Some speakers thought that students were thoroughly sceptical about companies that embraced business ethics; others detected an increasing consciousness of business ethics in the student population.

Fiell at home: How Britain's most stylish couple is giving us 'tools for living'

The couple opposite may not be instantly recognisable – but their influence certainly is. Charlotte and Peter Fiell have spent two decades educating the public about good contemporary design – and now they're set to extend their influence across our lives...

Amy Jenkins: We haven't 'moved on' on just because we've embraced café life

The Cadbury Cocoa House is coming soon to your high street. It will serve afternoon tea and chocolate and is an attempt by Cadbury – now part of Kraft – to take advantage of the booming, soaring, runaway success of coffee shop chains in this country.

Michael Savage: With one House put in order, the Lords could well be next

Just days after Sir Ian Kennedy was handed the task of devising an expenses system that would put an end to duck houses, moat clearances and publicly funded trips to Ikea, it appeared his conclusions would not draw the line under the scandal that party leaders had hoped for.

Dancers stage 'choreographed attack' on Ikea

Flash mob protests at Swedish firm's 'tacky' ploy to put sofas in Métro stations

Flat-pack dining: Ikea's range of food promises the authentic taste of Sweden

But does it survive the journey home? Rob Sharp finds out

Invasion of the Swedes: A cultural incursion from the north

They revolutionised British design though Ikea; gave us fast fashion at H&M and, of course, we thanked them for the music of Abba. Now the Swedes are taking over in the world of British page and screen.

What Works: Success in Stressful Times, By Hamish McRae

Nothing kicks a dying dinner party into life better than a good complaint. Only last month, John had a great one about the man from British Gas who called to inspect his boiler. After a great deal of poking about he finally announced that the boiler was beyond repair. "But it's working perfectly. I only asked you round so that I could sign up for your maintenance deal."

Clegg's mother of all rows with Gina Ford

Nick Clegg is embroiled in a row with Britain's best-known childcare guru after he likened her methods to "sticking babies in broom cupboards".

Business Diary: 09/01/2010

The true meaning of personal banking

Knock, knock, who's this at the door? Why it's Sir Richard Branson, come to deliver your bank statement. An unlikely scenario, we know, but Church House, the Yeovil-based bank that Sir Richard's Virgin Money has just bought, is so small that it offers a to-the-door service. Probably best to check who's there before you open up in future.

Ikea withdraws high chair over safety concerns

Ikea issued an urgent recall of a faulty children's high chair last night after a child suffered bruised legs from falling through the frame.

Furniture iPhone apps – fabulous or futile?

As IKEA and House of Fraser join the media frenzy, the question rises as to whether furniture shops can justify an iPhone app

High street target of the new Vikings

Clas Ohlson, the latest Scandinavian retailer to hit these shores, is hoping its Woolies and Ikea hybrid will attract UK shoppers.
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