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World sauna contest ends as contestant dies in 110C room

A Russian man trying to win the Sauna World Championships died after collapsing with severe burns in the final stage of an event that required contestants to sit in a 110C room as water was tossed on to a searing stove, officials and witnesses said.

Currys' owner gets World Cup TV boost as profits rise

DSGi, the owner of the Currys electricals chain, yesterday revealed that its sales of TVs had risen sharply in the run-up to the football World Cup, as it posted an uptick in underlying profits ahead of City expectations.

Investment Column: Strong yield makes Filtrona a certain bet

Harvey Nash; RPC Group

Gunman kills five in Finland, then himself

A gunman clad in black went on a shooting rampage today, killing his ex-girlfriend then four workers at a suburban shopping centre near Helsinki before apparently turning his gun on himself, police said.

Holiday group TUI soaks up profits uplift despite costs of swine flu

TUI Travel, owner of the British holiday companies Thomson and First Choice, shrugged off the recession and the impact of swine flu yesterday as it posted a surge in underlying third-quarter profits.

Market Report: New fears over funding hit Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey lost more than 37 per cent of its value last night amid speculation that funding problems may force the troubled housebuilder into a debt-for-equity swap.

Currys owner scales back investment

Consumer electronics giant DSG today said it planned to cut capital expenditure by around £30m this year as part of efforts to deal with deteriorating consumer confidence across Europe.

Market update - 6 August

The FTSE 100 was down 4.1 points 5450.4 and the FTSE 250 was up 15.4 points at 9091.1 at 12:09 pm on Wednesday. Lonmin dominated the London benchmark, up almost 47 per cent or 1089p at 3408p, after Xstrata unveiled a £5bn offer for the platinum miner. Lonmin rebuffed the 3300p per share proposal – the South African group called the move “opportunistic and entirely unwelcome”. Market sources said the response was not unexpected.

Family travel: 'We want to go camping – and get some sun'

We are trying to arrange a last-minute camping holiday for our seven- and 11-year-old children. We'd like somewhere with reliable sunshine – so not the UK – but not too hot given that we'll be under canvas, and near water for some swimming or waterborne activities. D Wood, via e-mail

American inequality highlighted by 30-year gap in life expectancy

The United States of America is becoming less united by the day. A 30-year gap now exists in the average life expectancy between Mississippi, in the Deep South, and Connecticut, in prosperous New England. Huge disparities have also opened up in income, health and education depending on where people live in the US, according to a report published yesterday.

The Swedish are coming, and they mean business

One of Sweden's biggest publishing groups is expanding. And it's doing it in Edinburgh, with a newspaper aimed at 600,000 Scottish business readers

ICL plans to create 4,400 jobs for Net expansion

ICL, the information technology group owned by Fujitsu of Japan, yesterday unveiled plans to create 4,400 new jobs, including 1,000 in Britain, as part of a pounds 100m expansion into e-business and wireless Internet applications.

Premature death is the British way

A CHILD born today in the United Kingdom faces a higher risk of succumbing to death and disease before attaining old age than one born almost anywhere else in Europe, doctors' leaders said yesterday.
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