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Ayrault asks his ministers to stop using English words in their work

QPR confirm Ecclestone in talks to sell the club

Queen's Park Rangers' owners are in talks over a potential sale, the Premier League club confirmed last night.

Mayfair voted off the board

The smart London area has always been a mainstay of Monopoly, but now an upmarket usurper has replaced it. It's an unexpected roll of the dice, says Sophie Robehmed

North-South divide in house prices is widening

The North-South divide in house prices is widening, according to new figures.

QPR vice-chairman quits as ticket prices rise

Queen's Park Rangers vice-chairman Amit Bhatia last night resigned after another boardroom dispute at Loftus Road.

QPR fans furious over ticket price increase

QPR fans have reacted angrily after learning they will be charged up to £72 to watch their team in the Barclays Premier League next season.

Warnock will stay with QPR, insists Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone yesterday insisted Neil Warnock would lead the Championship winners QPR into the Premier League, dispelling speculation surrounding the 62-year-old's position. Ecclestone, speaking in Barcelona where he was attending the Spanish Grand Prix, said: "He's staying, 100 per cent. We've never discussed anything about him leaving. He's never wanted to leave and we don't want to get rid of him. He's absolutely taking the club into the Premier League."

Want to be a billionaire? You should have founded Specsavers

Even as the founder of Specsavers, Dame Mary Perkins could perhaps be forgiven for squinting at the number of zeros beside her name. She is Britain's first self-made billionaire according to The Sunday Times Rich List, joining 72 others in Britain who have at least 10 figures in their bank accounts.

New tricks for old bricks: How an eco-refurbishment scheme helped convert a Victorian terrace into a green flagship

Maria Hawton-Mead proves that old homes can go low carbon too.

New tricks for old bricks: An eco-refurbishment scheme helped one woman convert her Victorian terrace into a green flagship

Maria Hawton-Mead proves that old homes can go low carbon too.

What a difference a decade makes

To strike it rich, it helps if you're in an old-fashioned field, in a new economy, and young(ish)

Revealed: How graft on training ground put QPR on top

Glenn Moore goes behind the scenes to hear Shaun Derry explain how Neil Warnock has transformed the Championship pace-setters

Russell Brand's wedding fit for a maharajah

Comedian and his fiancée Katy Perry arrive in India for week-long marriage celebration

Manchester City owner back on top of rich list

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has returned to the top of football's rich list, according to the latest figures from FourFourTwo magazine.

Kapoor told to take his Olympic tower back to drawing board

It has been nicknamed the "hubble bubble" tower and its creators hope that the soaring structure will provide a lasting legacy for east London once the Olympic Games are over. But unless they remember to install pipes for the toilets, Anish Kapoor's shisha pipe-shaped Olympic tower may never get off the ground.

ArcelorMittal braced for lower profits in third quarter

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steel producer, unveiled a sharp jump in profits in the second quarter, but its chief executive warned on the impact on profits from an economic slowdown in China.

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