UK inflation unexpectedly drops to 4%

Inflation unexpectedly slowed last month, official figures revealed today, as hard-pressed retailers slashed prices to pull in cautious consumers.

Agenda: Chloë Sevigny; Kate Tempest; One-on-One Festival; Those

The marriage of hipster actress Chloë Sevigny and hipster label Opening Ceremony is a union of fashion genius. Channel her distinct and urban wondrousness! Buy into a brand that can do no wrong! Even if you're too cool to care what the fashion pack are wearing, you'll fall in love with the print T-shirts and cutesy dresses in the range. Available now at Harvey Nichols.

Use of BPA must be limited, say scientists

A group of 60 scientists backed by environmental, health and women's organisations from around the world have called for action to reduce exposure to a chemical in plastics found in everyday products.

Julian Baggini: Out of sight, out of mind

We know slavery was an abhorrence, and that sexism and racism are wrong. Does that make our society more ethical? Not at all, argues Julian Baggini – like generations before us, we make excuses for the clear injustices of our age

Hit & Run: Baby bumps are so this season

You know, it's probably the new thing to be pregnant," the supermodel Karolina Kurkova has told New York magazine. "It's not to have the Chanel python bag. It's to be pregnant."

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Crunch time: Our writers hit the high street

As recession looms, consumers are tightening their belts as never before. We gave three retail experts £50 each and sent them in search of better value on the high street