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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.

Now it's time for tot gear

Pushchairs have moved on since the days of bulky prams. Now, inspired by car technology, they're the most hi-tech items on the pavement. By Paul McKenzie

Former Whitbread boss to chair Mothercare

Alan Parker, the former Whitbread chief executive, is to join Mothercare as a non-executive chairman later this month. Mr Parker, pictured, will replace Ian Peacock, who is stepping down from the role after nine years.

Retail sales return to growth

Retail sales returned to growth last month after stores started their summer sales early to attract cautious consumers, official figures revealed today.

Market Report: Rival's profit warning increases Misys bid fears

A profit warning from its closest peer meant Misys continued its recent slump yesterday, raising fears once again over the status of the recent bid approach for the software company.

Mothercare lifted by overseas unit

Mothercare, the maternity retailer, again showed the two-sided nature of its business, as international sales put its struggling UK arm in the shade.

M&S boosted by demand for premium goods

Marks & Spencer today revealed an increase in sales as consumers trade up to more premium food and clothes despite the squeeze on the high street.

The Week Ahead: SuperGroup and M&S to update on high street

They may cater to rather different demographics, but investors interested in the state of the high street will be focusing on both SuperGroup and Marks & Spencer when the two companies update the market on Wednesday.

Yorkshire determination and Italian design – it's a winning combination

Mamas & Papas, the UK's best-selling nursery brand, has been going strong for 30 years. Alison Shepherd meets the family behind the business

Pressure on Bank of England eases

Pressure on the Bank of England over rising prices eased today as the rate of inflation for goods leaving British factories slowed in June.

Struggling retailers closing 20 shops a day

Retailers are closing an average of 20 shops per day as squeezed consumer spending takes its toll on the high street.

Meltdown on the high street

It's not just the recession. Competition from the internet and superstores on the doorstep is killing traditional town centres. Laura Chesters reports

Job fears amid more retail failures

Hundreds of high street jobs were lost or put at risk today as the tally of retail failures mounted and more firms signalled plans to shut stores.

Clothing chain Jane Norman falls into administration

Women's fashion firm Jane Norman fell into administration today in a move which could put up to 1,600 jobs at risk.

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