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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.

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Thorntons warns it may have to close 227 stores

Thorntons, the chocolatier, has issued a profits warning for the third time in 10 months and indicated that it may have to close more than 200 stores over the next four years.

Market Report: Licence agreement gives Imagination a boost

With analysts saying it was "back in the game", Imagination Technologies rocketed up more than 15 per cent after revealing its technology had been chosen for a new chip.

Other mums are the word when it comes to baby tips

For advice and moral support in the early days, turn to those who've been there already, says Kate Hilpern

Steps to take for a safer home

Simple measures can help reduce domestic accidents

Fears of a double-dip recession fade as retail sales rise in January

Experts still expect a testing year ahead despite positive figures

Safety scares over buggies after toddlers slice off fingertips

Two pushchair manufacturers have issued safety alerts after their prams trapped the fingers of some children and adults who used them.

Matalan sales slither as snow keeps buyers away

Matalan, the fashion and homewares retailer, suffered a sharp fall in sales over Christmas after the heavy snow hampered shoppers' efforts to reach its out-of-town stores.

Worst December retail sales since records began

Terrible winter weather and rising prices kept shoppers away from the high street and prompted the worst December retail sales on record, official figures revealed yesterday.

How the recession killed the high street

Where shops and pubs once thrived, now bookmakers and boarded up premises live

Kesa warns on profits after snow hits Comet

Kesa Electricals has become the latest retailer to blame the snow for a profits warning after a "horrible" fall in festive sales at its Comet chain in the UK.

John Lewis sees sales rise ahead of VAT increase

John Lewis has delivered its biggest weekly sales rise so far this financial year, as it benefited from a surge in shopper numbers ahead of the 4 January VAT rise.

Retailers feel the chill after snow hits sales

Some of the high street's biggest names unveiled falls in underlying festive trading yesterday, as last month's heavy snow and cautious consumers gave many chains a Christmas they will want to forget.

M&S sales rise despite impact of the big freeze

Marks & Spencer delivered robust Christmas trading after it benefited from customers trading up on food and clothing, although it lost up to £55m in sales because of the recent snow.

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