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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.

Investment Column: Close Bros still exists and it is doing nicely

Trafficmaster; Mothercare

Mothercare to create 400 new jobs

Mothercare will create 400 new jobs in the UK as part of plans for another 33 of its biggest format stores over the next two years, it said today.

The Week Ahead: Falling inflation to dent Morrisons' sales

Morrisons is set to become the latest big grocer to post a slowdown in underlying sales resulting from falling inflation on Thursday. Morrisons is expected to unveil consensus underlying sales, excluding fuel and VAT, up by 4.5 per cent for the 13 weeks to 2 November, down from 7.8 per cent in the first half.

Johnson faces up to England's full poverty

England 16 Argentina 9: Downcast manager's expression sums up a wretched display, alarmingly short of any creativity in attack, against an inexperienced Pumas side

Supermarkets wind up for a competitive Christmas

By Greg Walton

The Week Ahead: Whitbread is ready to show its resilience

The hospitality group Whitbread, the company behind the Premier Inn budget hotel chain, should confirm its resilient performance through the downturn when it issues results for the 26 weeks to 27 August tomorrow.

Gloucester bolstered by Vainikolo

Cherry and Whites bring in powerful winger for his first league game since January

Hit & Run: Baby bumps are so this season

You know, it's probably the new thing to be pregnant," the supermodel Karolina Kurkova has told New York magazine. "It's not to have the Chanel python bag. It's to be pregnant."

Investment Column: Wait for impressive Autonomy to soften

Mothercare; Trafficmaster

The Week Ahead: Great expectations for retail sector's top end

Retail sector investors will be keen to hear how the top end of the market is faring when Burberry posts a first quarter update this Wednesday.

The Insider: How to get a handle on the basics of buggies

The average parent spends more than £600 on pushchairs and car seats, so you'll want to make sure you don't end up buying a buggy with wayward wheels. Not only do they come in a confusing array of shapes, sizes and styles, they can also be called all sorts of names; from buggies to strollers to travel systems.

Wheels of distinction: The semiotics of the pram

A pram isn’t just a practical piece of equipment. It’s also a status symbol, a fashion statement – and a moral choice, finds mum-to-be Clare Dwyer Hogg

Market Report: Debenhams in fashion thanks to Goldman

Debenhams was in focus last night, as Goldman Sachs issued a series of chunky forecast upgrades, highlighting the potential upside to the current share price.

Merchandisers are the brains behind the shop floor but what exactly do they do?

Are you the sort of person who gets annoyed when you walk into your favourite shop and find out that things have changed? Or does the rejig on the sales floor automatically arouse your interest, prompting your own opinions about the choices made to introduce a new mix of products for the buying public? If you fall into the second category, you might be a merchandiser in the making.

Investment Column: Overseas push is a winner for Mothercare

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee