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Has electrical retailer Dixons managed to "internet-proof" itself? Analysts at Deutsche Bank think the loss-making retailer may still have a bright future ahead of it. The impact of shoppers spending on the internet rather than at its stores could be reaching its apex they claim.

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Comet has launched a liquidation sale as administrators move to wind down the failed retailer ahead of store closures as early as next week.

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Sir Jimmy Savile defended paedophile pop star Gary Glitter saying 'he did nothing wrong' and calling child porn just 'dodgy films'

In a 2009 interview Savile appears to suggest Glitter was the real victim in the child porn scandal as he had only used the images for his own ‘gratification’ and had not tried to sell them on.

Eurozone leaves Dixons with £120m loss

Dixons Retail, the owner of Currys and PC World, blamed hefty write-downs on the value of its struggling Italian and Greek businesses for a painful full-year loss of nearly £120m.

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£600,000,152in Panasonic television: This Panasonic television weighs 600kg and has four times as many pixels
as a conventional high-definition TV. Costing £600,000, the cutting-edge technology creates a separate 3D image in high-definition for each eye. Dixons’ most popular television, a Samsung 32in, retails for a measly £249

It's Dixons – for those with deep pockets and lots of wall space

Check out the great offers, like a giant high-definition TV - yours for £600,000

Tablets cure Dixons' troubles over Christmas

Dixons Retail described trading over Christmas as a "rollercoaster ride", but the electricals group's shares jumped as its results were no worse than the City had expected.

Dixons boss says company beat Best Buy fair and square

The chief executive of Dixons Retail has launched a scathing attack on the failed launch in this country of the US electricals giant Best Buy.

How six police officers saw off a gang of 50 in Catford

A police officer has described how he fended off a gang of 50 hooded youths from ransacking a retail park.

Samsung vows to hit back as Apple blocks tablet

A shell shocked Samsung was yesterday drawing up its a response after a court in Germany ordered it to pull sales of its new tablet computer across Europe over charges it had copied the look of the iPad.

Blog and buy: the power of social shopping

Retailers are slowly discovering the benefits of using affiliate sites and bloggers to reach their target market. Laura Chesters reports

Dixons chief gets bonus despite mounting losses

John Browett, the chief executive of Dixons Retail, has pocketed a cash bonus of £122,000 for the year just ended, despite the owner of Currys delivering a loss of nearly £225m.

Fear grips high street as £225m loss hits Dixons

The gloom enveloping the high street deepened yesterday after the owner of the Currys electrical chain sank to a loss of nearly £225m, an influential survey revealed the worst UK trading figures for a year in June and the spectre of the administrator returned.

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