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

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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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album