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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.

Festive freeze hits sales across the high street

The full impact of last month's snow on festive trading was laid bare yesterday in a key survey, as the department store chain Debenhams said it lost £30m of sales to the weather.

House of Fraser bucks Christmas retail trend

Department store House of Fraser has beaten rival John Lewis by posting an 8.5 per cent rise in underlying sales over the festive period – the second year running it has broken records.

House of Fraser announces record seasonal trading

Department store chain House of Fraser announced record seasonal trading today despite the impact of December's Arctic weather on pre-Christmas sales.

Margareta Pagano: Stop blaming the weather and get your thermals on

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Austerity-hit retailers widen north-south gap

Stores look to ease pressure by concentrating on more affluent – and profitable – southern counties

JD Sports lifts forecasts after strong sales over Christmas

JD Sports Fashion upgraded its profits forecasts yesterday as it reported strong Christmas trading despite last month's snow. But the retailer of sportswear and trainers said its next financial year would present "significant challenges" as a result of both the rise in VAT and inflationary pressures in the supply chain.

Market Report: Bullish advertising view makes ITV a must-watch

A positive outlook for advertising revenue gave a boost to ITV, as investors switched on to the broadcaster. The company was lifted by a wide-ranging note on the media sector from Goldman Sachs, in which it upped its forecast for global advertising.

Profit warnings mount up on the high street

Mothercare, the maternity retail specialist, yesterday became the latest chain to issue a profits warning, as last month's heavy snowfall and "formidable" competition from the big supermarkest took its toll on its Christmas sales of toys in the UK.

Big freeze hits Mothercare profits

Retailer Mothercare today warned it will miss profit hopes after the big freeze prevented shoppers reaching its out-of-town stores.

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Market Report: Rolls-Royce boosted by bright 2011 outlook

It looks set to be a cheerful festive period for Rolls-Royce following a torrid couple of months, as the engineering giant was tipped to enjoy a strong 2011.

My Secret Life: Terence Conran, designer, 79

My parents were... a constant inspiration, and encouraged our creativity at a time when such a thing was almost unheard of.

Bob Willis questions England paternity leave

Former England paceman Bob Willis has criticised members of the current squad for taking paternity leave during or before international commitments.

How toys took over kids' TV

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