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The gross payouts will be £2.25bn less in 2014 than in 2013

MyTablet - Argos's foray into the budget tablet market

Currys and Argos hail Christmas sales triumph

Online sales now represent almost half of all Argos' business

Currys PC World is going from strength to strength and starting to dominate the technology market once again

How Currys lured shoppers back to the high street

The store is back on top thanks to an extreme makeover

Paranoia at Dixons: one high street giant’s key to beat the web

Against all odds, Dixons survived as other major retailers collapsed. As Simon neville reports, fear keeps its management on its toes

The Business Matrix: Monday 11 November 2013

Pioneer TVs return to Europe

US shoppers prefer PS4 to Xbox One

Console war continues to rage back and forth but Sony might have the advantage in the US

Dixons pays £58m to have Pixmania taken off its hands

Dixons today shed its loss-making French online business, handing the buyer tens of millions of euros to take it off its hands.

Google's new Nexus 7 tablet launches in UK at £199 for 16GB model

Only the Wi-Fi version is currently available at the moment, with either 16GB or 32GB of onboard memory

Another nail in the coffin: Family doctors show support for charging patients for routine appointments

Deliver more with less! Job description revealed for new NHS chief - but health experience not essential

Ideal candidate has 'track record of change in a consumer-focussed environment'

NHS already doing ‘more for less’, insists leading GP Dr Clare Gerada

The NHS is already doing “more for less”, the country’s top GP said yesterday, after Britain’s leading doctor said that the health service could learn about efficiency from high street computer shops.

People were taken aback when Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of the NHS, told this paper that the whole health service should emulate the economic philosophy of 'PC World or Dixons', in improving the quality of what it offers the British public while charging less for it

Run the NHS like Dixons or PC World? It could happen...

People were taken aback when Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of the NHS, told this paper that the whole health service should emulate the economic philosophy of “PC World or Dixons”, in improving the quality of what it offers the British public while charging less for it.

Sir Bruce wants to put young doctors into leading roles

Run the NHS like PC World, says Britain’s leading doctor Sir Bruce Keogh

Health service must offer more quality for less money, says Sir Bruce Keogh

The 3D printer to go on sale at Maplin

Is the high-street ready for 3D printers?

Maplin have made one small step for the high street not a giant leap for personalised home manufacturing, argues Andrew Walker

Strong demand for tablet computers helps Dixons sales surge

Dixons' chief executive Sebastian James said he has "wind in his sails" as he reported a continuing recovery at the electrical retailer, and the City is beginning to believe the story.

Sony's 4k TV

HD? 3D? No, the future of television is 4K – and it’s brought to you by some very sharp meerkats

Ultra-high-definition technology is on the way (but for now a set to show it will cost you £25,000)

Do the best things really come to those who wait? Not in technology

Google's Nexus 4, Nintendo's Wii U are both set to have delivery delays of up to five weeks, so, in technology, do good things really come to those who wait?

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