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The designer baby boom

It used to be the place to go for bibs, bottles and buggies. Now Mothercare simply can&rsquo;t compete with our love of luxury brands. <b>Alice-Azania Jarvis</b> reports

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.

How toys took over kids' TV

The Zingzillas ... Peppa Pig ... Ben &amp; Holly ... did you really think they were just cuddly TV characters loved by your two-year-old? Gerard Gilbert investigates the ruthless &ndash; and fearsomely lucrative &ndash; world of brand licensing

The Week Ahead: Sir Stelios's shadow is still hanging over easyJet

It was easyJet's 15th birthday last week, but when the budget airline releases its final results tomorrow, it will be its chief executive Carolyn McCall's plans for the future that investors will be focusing on. Ms McCall, who joined the company in July from Guardian Media Group, is set to outline the outcome of her strategic review.

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The Insider: How to get a handle on the basics of buggies

The average parent spends more than £600 on pushchairs and car seats, so you'll want to make sure you don't end up buying a buggy with wayward wheels. Not only do they come in a confusing array of shapes, sizes and styles, they can also be called all sorts of names; from buggies to strollers to travel systems.

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.

Crunch time: Our writers hit the high street

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