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State of the British high street? It's rubbish. Don't take my word for it: some of the best-known names in retailing have reported poor results over the Christmas period, and they can't blame it all on shoppers staying at home because of the snow. The companies that own Argos, Homebase, PC World and Currys recorded a decline in like-for-like sales, with the electrical retailer Dixons reporting a 4 per cent fall in the UK and Ireland. Even chocolate sales are down on the high street, with the chocolate maker Thorntons suffering a decline of almost 6 per cent.

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It's the last shopping week until Christmas and everywhere we look there are discounts by the stocking load. But which savings are worth a second look and which have been talked up to cash in on the shopping season?

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Rising sales are boosting retailers' hopes for a strong Christmas on the high street, but the longer-term outlook remains fragile and unpredictable.

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One in three people who have survived a stroke face higher living expenses as a result, a poll found today.

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DSGi dismisses threat of Best Buy's arrival in UK as sales of iPads and TVs soar

The chief executive of DSGi, owner of the Currys and PC World retail chains, has seen "no impact" from the launch of Best Buy in the UK.

Currys owner DSG scores World Cup sales boost

The group behind Currys and PC World today said first quarter sales leapt 6% thanks to a World Cup boost for televisions and strong demand for Apple's iPad.

Investment Column: Still awaiting dividend revival at DSG

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The Bargain Hunter: Back to school deals

It's already time to search out those "back to school" deals, and Marks & Spencer's uniform offer is well worth taking advantage of. While stocks last, the M&S website is selling a child's cotton polo shirt for £1, a pure cotton jumper for £2 and a pair of adjustable-waist trousers for just £3.50. Better still, the company offers free delivery on all schoolwear products, below.

Knight Vinke builds stake in Comet owner

The activist investor Knight Vinke has acquired a 3 per cent stake in Kesa Electricals, which owns the Comet chain in the UK.

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