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.

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.

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Badminton and gym venue dropped from Olympic plans

Olympic organisers are to abandon plans for a temporary badminton venue at the London 2012 Games but will press ahead with two other controversial developments, following a cost-cutting review by the consultancy firm KPMG.