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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.

Maker's mark: A new generation of artisans are reviving arts and crafts

Robin Barton reports on the spectacular renaissance of arts and crafts in Britain – and explains how it could benefit us all

Unexpected rise reported for retail sales

Retail sales unexpectedly grew last month, official figures revealed today, as department stores bucked the gloomy trend on the high street.

Mothercare to hire Asda executive to run UK business

The maternity wear retailer Mothercare is set to hire a former Asda executive to run its UK business, a move designed to help management dedicate more attention to both its domestic and burgeoning international business.

JD warns of more trouble in store for the high street

JD Sports Fashion added to the anxiety of retailers yesterday, warning it was "extremely cautious" about its outlook for the sector, despite posting a sharp jump in annual profits to nearly £80m.

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.

Retailers suffer worst sales for 16 years

Retailers have warned the Bank of England that raising interest rates would do "more harm than good" after posting their worst monthly sales for at least 16 years.

Urban Outfitters defies high street gloom

US retailer to double number of UK stores, while Ralph Lauren signs up to cross Atlantic with RRL 'vintage' menswear brand

Market Report: Dairy Crest advances on frothy takeover hopes

The takeover spotlight returned to Dairy Crest yesterday, as investors' hopes were revived that it could become a bid target.

Being Modern: Baby buggies

What better way to avoid the commercialisation of Mother's Day than by gathering the clan and stepping out into the spring air for a relaxing walk around the nearest green space? Avoid commerce? Relaxing? Are you kidding? It's like Brands Hatch out there. And the reason is the designer baby buggy, those things we used to call pushchairs.

Market Report: Victrex benefits from takeover spotlight

The prospect of Victrex becoming a bid target was highlighted yesterday as positive broker comments helped the high-tech plastics company to surge up the mid-tier index.

Mothercare and Laura Ashley target overseas sales

The retail stalwarts Mothercare and Laura Ashley yesterday vowed to press ahead with their international expansion plans in the face of deteriorating trading conditions in the UK.

Retail shares down amid sales slump

Retailers came under mounting share pressure today as further gloomy sales figures confirmed dire conditions on Britain's high street.

The Week Ahead: Travel companies set for burst of spring sunshine

Global events have hit the travel industry hard in 2011, and investors will be hoping to find out the extent of the damage this week with both TUI Travel and Thomas Cook updating the market.

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