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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.

Boots profits push above £1bn

High street giant Alliance Boots today pushed profits above £1 billion for the first time and mapped out future growth plans despite "challenging" conditions.

The Week Ahead: Rising confidence boosts expectations for Yell

Recovery trends will come under the scanner when Yell, the FTSE 250-listed directories group, issues full-year figures this week. UBS expects the results to reassure investors worried about the potential for a rebound in revenues.

Mothercare eyes deal for Blooming Marvellous brand

The high street shain Mothercare is understood to be closing in on acquiring the brand of Blooming Marvellous, the maternitywear retailer, and possibly a few of the remaining Blooming Marvellous shops.

Julian Baggini: Out of sight, out of mind

We know slavery was an abhorrence, and that sexism and racism are wrong. Does that make our society more ethical? Not at all, argues Julian Baggini – like generations before us, we make excuses for the clear injustices of our age

Randall & Rentoul unleashed: It's a mad, mad, mad electoral world

Don't just tune out the spin, the phoney baloney and the ersatz earnestness.Enjoy the democratic experience as our detectives debunk and decode

Scientists call for ban on danger chemical

Experts back <i>Independent</i> campaign to outlaw bisphenol-A in baby products

Government 'must follow Europe's lead and ban BPA'

If Denmark can outlaw danger chemical why can't we, ask experts

Jerome Taylor: Mothers confused by mixed messages on BPA risks

Many mothers who are concerned about the presence of BPA in baby bottles are confused about the evidence and would like clearer guidance from the Government.

Boots vows to phase out baby bottles containing chemical

Boots said yesterday it would phase out baby bottles containing BPA within "a few weeks".

Investigation: Scandal of danger chemical in baby bottles

Leading British retailers selling products banned in Canada and US

The Week Ahead: Tough quarter expected from Mothercare

Mothercare is expected to reveal slowing sales growth when it posts a quarterly update this week with the fourth-quarter figures likely to have been hit by tougher comparatives and the cold snap which persisted over January, February and early March.

Paul Vallely: He was a beacon for believers in reform. Now he is back in jail

Jon Venables's painstaking reintegration into society is threatened by recent events

Is it possible to decorate a unisex &ndash; and tasteful &ndash; nursery?

Annie Deakin discovers how to create a Disney-free space for her pregnant bump

Currys owner trounces City forecasts with strong sales

DSGi sells one computer and one television every two seconds in UK at Christmas
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