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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: M&S will give clues to mood on the high street

Marks & Spencer is set to dominate the headlines tomorrow, as investors scrutinise the retailer's full-year results for signs of stability on the beleaguered British high street.

Birmingham defend Brady after re-arrest

Birmingham City managing director Karren Brady denied any wrong doing after being re-arrested by police investigating alleged corruption in English football.

Fiery week ahead for Curry's boss as he reveals Christmas figures

Further pressure is likely to be heaped on John Browett, the chief executive of the struggling electronics chain DSG, if City expectations of a disastrous Christmas trading period are confirmed this week.

Hundreds of jobs at risk as more retailers struggle

Further signs of the intense pressure facing high street retailers on both sides of the Channel emerged yesterday, as thousands of retail staff face the new year without a job.

Studio photography chain Olan Mills collapses

Studio photography business Olan Mills has become the latest corporate casualty after shutting all its 34 sites across the UK, it emerged today.

The Week Ahead: Revenue erosion feared in Icap's outlook

The outlook is likely to be key when Icap posts its interim results tomorrow. The inter-dealer broker was sold last week when Morgan Stanley forecast a contraction in earnings next year and investors will no doubt be keen to hear the company's side of the story.

Market Report: Stay-away shoppers could hit Home Retail

The spectre of tighter purse strings unsettled Home Retail Group yesterday after UBS took stock of the impact of the recent market turmoil. The broker said that the events of the past fortnight – the loss of thousands of jobs at Lehman Brothers and the volatility in the HBOS share price, for example – may prompt shoppers to spend less on the sorts of durable goods offered at HRG's Argos and Homebase chains.

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

The Investment Column: Dairy Crest is crème de la crème of defensive picks

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Crisis? What crisis? The ten retailers defying the gloom

Consumers are tightening their belts like never before. But some retailers are still shifting their products. James Thompson finds out how

Harrods and Selfridges unite to join staff blacklist

Harrods and Selfridges are among two of Britain's best known high street businesses to have signed up to a controversial database for blacklisted staff that could affect the careers of three million workers.

Debenhams looks to India and Russia for expansion

Debenhams is the latest UK retailer set for major expansion in the high-growth Indian and Russian markets, as part of the group's plans to more than double international sales over the coming four years.

Through the glass ceiling: Is the game over for football's leading lady?

She defied the game's sexist culture to reach the top of a Premier League club. But a corruption inquiry is threatening to derail Karren Brady's trailblazing success. By Jonathan Brown
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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

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Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen