News Louis Vuitton is finding that customers no longer buy handbags for the logo and is changing tack

Sales rebound in fourth quarter after a tough year for French luxury giant

Racing: Hennessy ban looms for McCoy

TONY McCOY, the champion National Hunt jockey, could be banned for up to three weeks after being found guilty of using his whip with excessive frequency by the stewards at Fontwell yesterday. His case was referred to the Jockey Club's Disciplinary Committee and, if found guilty, he faces a suspension of at least 14 days. His chances of appearing at the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday fortnight as anything other than a spectator are slim.

Racing: Earthmover grounded

PAUL NICHOLLS faces a race against time to get Earthmover fully fit for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on 28 November. Last season's Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase winner took a crashing fall at Newton Abbot on Wednesday and Nicholls reported yesterday: "Earthmover has sustained a haematoma between his front legs which is very sore today and it will be a fight against time to have him ready for the Newbury race."

Letter: On the catwalk...

On the catwalk...

The outfits Dior didn't want you to know about

Media manipulation: Designers and chefs seek to control press by banning hostile commentators

French scent Yardley opportunity

LVMH, the French luxury goods group headed by Bernard Arnault, is one of nearly 70 parties who have expressed an interest in buying Yardley from the receivers, it emerged over the weekend.

The firm that created designer scent

GUERLAIN was the world's first perfume house and is the last where the founding family still has an interest.

Market Report: Diageo hits peak amid talk of sale by Arnault

Bernard Arnault, the combative French tycoon, is said to have lost his taste for Diageo, the pounds 24bn drinks giant created by the merger of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness.

Racing: Danoli knocked out of Ireland's Hennessy

Danoli is out of next Sunday's Hennessy Cognac Cup at Leopardstown and possibly the rest of the season after knocking himself while walking on the road. The Grey Monk, who is still recovering from a cold, is also out of the Leopardstown race.

Racing: A turn for the better - Graham Bradley - 'I was at one of the lowest ebbs of my life'

Milestones of '97: From the big server with a big future to the uneasy rider who nearly fell to earth

Racing: Follow Brad's advice and plunge on Bay

The former National Hunt jockey Steve Smith Eccles (right) gives a runner-by runner analysis of Boxing Day's King George VI Chase.

Racing: Cup within range for Trying Again

The former National Hunt jockey Steve Smith Eccles (left) gives a runner-by runner analysis of today's Tripleprint Gold Cup.

Racing: Distance learning for Trying Again

Britain's most exciting young steeplechaser, Simply Dashing, is due to run on Saturday. But the venue is yet to be decided - leaving two race tracks, Ascot and Haydock, anxiously awaiting news of who will have the weekend's main attraction.

Racing: Suny Bay's run rests on Brooks' walk

The trainer Charlie Brooks, unhappy with the state of the ground at Newbury, walks the course this morning before deciding whether to run Suny Bay in the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday. Richard Edmondson reports.

Travel: Bubbles for bursting at the millennium

They're dark, damp and closely guarded. And they contain a sparkling wealth of fascination. Stephen Pritchard goes underground to see the 'caves' of the Champagne region.

Racing: Punters have a Suny outlook in the Hennessy Gold Cup

Suny Bay was cut to 5-2 from 4-1 by the bookmakers William Hill yesterday for Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. The support coincided with growing doubts over the participation of last year's winner, Coome Hill.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee