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Banks took a battering yesterday as traders ditched financial stocks after a shock profit warning from Deutsche. Traders feared that news of the German bank’s €1.1bn (£910m) fourth-quarter loss could mean other banks may still have issues to work through and further regulatory fines to deal with.

The Week Ahead: Mothercare expected to show first half-year profit for more than two years

As winter nights draw in, more of us will be sat in front of the telly, and tomorrow broadcaster ITV will update the City on how much advertisers have been paying to sell their wares through the goggleboxes of the nation.

Morrisons gets serious with its Kiddicare baby products site

Dalton Philips, the chief executive of Morrisons, says his ambitions for Kiddicare are "massive". Yesterday there was evidence he is serious as he moved four of his most senior directors to work on expanding the maternity website.

Liz Field, chief executive of the Financial Skills Network

Male, pale & stale: Could more women on the board help Mothercare – and other ailing firms?

The retailer's critics say its management is out of touch. Now the PM has returned to the issue of females in boardrooms

Mothercare reports 3 per cent sales decline

Under-pressure retailer Mothercare today announced another drop in UK sales as it continues to flounder at home but flourish abroad.

Kuwait firm picks up troubled La Senza

The struggling lingerie chain La Senza's UK arm fell into Kuwaiti hands last night after the international franchise operator Alshaya struck a deal with administrators KPMG, safeguarding 1,100 jobs.

1,300 jobs lost as La Senza folds

Lingerie chain La Senza collapsed into administration today triggering 1,300 redundancies and the closure of more than 100 outlets.

Anger at Yodel delivery backlog

Disgruntled customers have been complaining they will not receive their Christmas presents in time because of a huge backlog at the depots of one of Britain's largest delivery firms.

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New figures cast doubt over Christmas high street shopping sales

Discounts and promotions failed to entice shoppers during November as figures today cast more doubt over high street prospects this Christmas.

Warning over Mothercare on break-up buzz

The City has raised concerns about the UK property costs associated with a break-up of Mothercare after talk of a private-equity bid lifted the maternity retailer's shares yesterday.

Market Report: Is Mothercare taking baby steps towards future sale?

Is adoption the next step for Mothercare? Investors in the mother-and-baby retailer were hoping so yesterday after the struggling high street stalwart bounced up the mid-tier index following rumours it may be attracting the attention of private equity.

Even Sir Philip Green is feeling the pinch

In a sign of just how tough conditions are on Britain's high streets, Sir Philip Green is expected to report this week that his retail empire has seen its profits slump by about a third.

Iraqis arrive in London to drum up British investment

But UK firms may already be missing out on a market that is forecast to reach £69bn this year because other countries have jumped in sooner

David Prosser: About to throw the baby out with the bath water?

Outlook So farewell Ben Gordon, the boss of Mothercare, whose departure has seemed inevitable since last week's disastrous profits warning wiped 30 per cent off the value of the company.

Figures rise but retail sales struggle

The struggle on the high street was underlined today as official figures revealed a greater-than-expected slowdown in retail sales.

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