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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.

Gadgets galore – and a nice friendly chat with Wendy

Lakeland is cooking up a storm, with profits of £10m. Its secret? Listening to customers. Laura Chesters finds a kitchen Utopia in Windermere

Campaigners livid as Whitehall axes Breastfeeding Week

Critics say move may undo years of work, just as message on benefits of mothers' milk gets through

Value shops eye Mothercare sites

A handful of companies are circling Mothercare to buy small batches of stores from the struggling childcare retailer.

Editor-At-Large: Let's be honest – there are far worse things than adultery

My goodness, is there something in the water? Open a newspaper, turn on the radio or the television and it's impossible to avoid middle-aged, successful men caught with their pants down. From sportsmen, actors and politicians to bankers – what a motley gang of cheating, lying, deceiving cads. Maria Shriver discovers Arnie Schwarzenegger has not only sired a lovechild with their housekeeper, but the timing couldn't have been more insulting: the little boy is almost the same age as her own son. Her adulterous husband hadn't even bothered to leave the family compound for his extra-curricular activities.

Royal Wedding boosted sales, but not for long

Economists urged "extreme caution" about reading too much into a strong rebound in retail sales last month, as chains were boosted by the hottest April on record, a glut of bank holidays and the Royal Wedding.

Stars in their eyes: Why is the Government allowing celebrities into the seats of power?

Mary Portas is the latest television personality to be recruited by government – but politics is too important to be treated like a reality show, argues John Walsh

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

April weather boosts retail sales

A winning combination of the royal wedding and warm weather triggered a bigger-than-expected surge in retail sales last month, official figures revealed today.

Market Report: BG flares higher on renewed takeover talk

Reheated bid chatter, plus a recommendation that investors should take advantage of its recent weakness, helped BG Group rise up the top-tier index last night. The gas explorer advanced 41p to 1,373p as vague speculation spread late in the session that it could be in line for an approach.

Mothercare to close one in three UK stores

The chief executive of Mothercare has urged landlords to be more realistic about rental demands, as the maternity retailer unveiled plans to close nearly a third of its 373 UK stores.

Mothercare to close 110 stores

Mothercare today dealt a fresh blow to the UK high street as it unveiled plans to close 110 outlets and focus on out-of-town superstores.

The Week Ahead: Rivals' woes prompt concerns for Vodafone

It has hardly been a promising run-up to the release tomorrow of Vodafone's full-year figures. The past few weeks have seen disappointing results from a number of its global peers, including Telecom Italia and the Dutch group KPN, while Carphone Warehouse, O2 and Everything Everywhere have all made cautious noises over the UK.

Shoppers count their pennies as retailers struggle

A new report paints a grim picture of retail spending across the UK, reports Laura Chesters

Mothercare puts 'For Sale' sign on 121 UK stores

Childrenswear chain circulates confidential list of available shops to other retailers
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