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Sale mourn loss of former forward David Tait

Rugby players, coaches and administrators were today mourning the loss of David Tait, the former Sale forward and Scotland seven-a-side international who fell to his death from an apartment block in Hong Kong. He was 25.

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Retailers see no respite from weak trading

Retailers predict "tough" trading conditions on the high street will continue into next year, after they posted a sixth consecutive month of anaemic sales growth in October.

Shops fear for Christmas trade as sales slip again

High street sales fell unexpectedly last month, reinforcing fears that shoppers are already reining in their spending ahead of the economically crucial festive period. It was the second consecutive monthly sales decline, with clothing and footwear stores suffering the most.