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Comet's slide into the red forces Kesa to ready the for-sale sign

Kesa Electricals has admitted for the first time that it is considering selling off its Comet chain after the British company sank to a loss of nearly £9m last year.

Tim Lott: You'll be my Facebook Friend for ever. Or until the next fad ...

As thousands log out of computer camaraderie, Tim Lott admits his addiction to virtual relations

Royal Wedding boosted sales, but not for long

Economists urged "extreme caution" about reading too much into a strong rebound in retail sales last month, as chains were boosted by the hottest April on record, a glut of bank holidays and the Royal Wedding.

Dixons Retail touts sales of iPad 2 and big stores

Dixons Retail, the owner of the Currys and PC World chains, yesterday boasted soaring sales of Apple's latest iPad device and said its UK business had outperformed the market, despite the pan-European group suffering a slump in revenues in its second half.

Cadets in court over sex scandal

Two military cadets were arrested yesterday over a scandal in which a woman accused a fellow cadet of secretly filming her having sex and showing it to his comrades.

UK inflation unexpectedly drops to 4%

Inflation unexpectedly slowed last month, official figures revealed today, as hard-pressed retailers slashed prices to pull in cautious consumers.

HMV warns on profits again as troubles mount

Owner of entertainment chain may have to sell Waterstone's within two weeks

M&S set to add to high street gloom

Marks & Spencer is expected to add to the gloom on the high street tomorrow when the retail bellwether posts its fourth quarter trading update.

Retail shares down amid sales slump

Retailers came under mounting share pressure today as further gloomy sales figures confirmed dire conditions on Britain's high street.

Slight increase in retail sales

Retail sales have picked up unexpectedly in March, but the rate of growth remained subdued amid grim conditions on the high street, figures showed today.

Currys' owner issues profits alert

The owner of Currys and PC World issued its second profits alert in as many months today after worsening trading conditions saw sales tumble 11%.

Retriever wins Crufts



Winning Crufts is something that "always happens to someone else", the breeder of the Best in Show said.

Reality Hunger, By David Shields

Divided into 26 categories ("memory", "blur", "collage), this book is an assemblage of 617 verbal shards about the novel, originality and communication in a digitised world. Here's a taste: "Increasingly the novel goes hand in hand with a straitjacketing of the material's expressive potential."

Small Talk: Small businesses unimpressed by government help

The economic picture remains changeable. Public sector spending is facing the axe, and the Government is banking on the private sector to drive the economy forward. But is it doing enough to aid the small and medium-sized enterprises that are key to private sector strength? If the results of a new survey of more than 1,500 SMEs are anything to go by, the answer is an emphatic no.

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