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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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