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Harrods guns for record results after overseas lift

Harrods appears to be on track for another record year of sales and profits after overseas visitors continued to spend freely at the landmark London emporium.

Harrods 'convenience' experiment ends

Harrods has pulled the plug on its convenience store on Brompton Road and US brand National Geographic is taking it over.

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Ready to wear: Make-up artists may say 'dewy' but in real life, it's oily

Just as the designer "show piece" – anything from flashing shoulder pads to glow-in-the-dark jellyfish dresses, say – is rarely seen away from the catwalk, so various hair and make-up looks are unlikely ever to make it into real life. These vary from the extreme – think anything courtesy of Pat MacGrath for John Galliano – to the more deceptively usual, the kind of thing that innocent onlookers might think they'd like to emulate but do so only at their peril.

Business Diary: Taxman needs to print more paper

It may be lucky that HM Revenue & Customs was not in charge when the country needed a boost from quantitative easing. The hapless taxman yesterday revealed that it had failed to send out thousands of reminders to citizens to pay their bills on time because it had, er, run out of paper. A red-faced Revenue spokesman admitted that the cock-up had come about due to an "exceptionally high demand this year".

Camilla al-Fayed bags Issa

The daughter of Mohamed al-Fayed has acquired Issa, the clothing label favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge for an undisclosed sum.

Cooper Brown: Good times with Hugh Grant

Great to hear my old pal Hugh Grant give the tabloid red tops a hammering. The lower end of the UK press has gone a bit crazy and it needed a shining knight like Hugh to come and slay the dragons.

Gang mugs Dubai diplomat for £2m in cash outside bank

Masked robbers held up an Arab diplomat at gunpoint as he left a bank in London, stealing almost £2m.

The Secret Language of Flowers - picture preview

An exhibition exploring the age-old motif of flowers in art opens at a gallery in London today.

Citigroup tower on the market for buyers offering 'in excess of £1bn'

The 42-storey Canary Wharf tower which houses the European headquarters of Citigroup is being put up for sale for more than £1bn, the commercial property agents Jones Lang LaSalle said yesterday.

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