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Deans denies Australia rift ahead of tour

Robbie Deans has dismissed suggestions former captain Stirling Mortlock was kept in the dark over the decision to replace him with Rocky Elsom for the upcoming Grand Slam tour of the British Isles, insisting the 32-year-old knew exactly where he stood.

DVD: Chuck – Season Two, For retail & rental (Warner)

How to stop yourself talking when a rogue CIA agent is torturing you? Faint.

The hi-tech refuseniks

Phones and TVs are 'obsolete' the moment they hit the shops, to tempt us with newer models. But now consumers are fighting back. Nick Harding reports

DSG optimism grows after stronger sales

DSG International, the electrical retailer that owns Currys and PC World, claimed an "encouraging" start to the year as its sales fell less than feared and it said that its outlook appeared "less negative".

The Week Ahead: Currys owner unlikely to cook up a storm

The retail sector will be back in focus this week, as the Currys and PC World-owner DSG International prepares to post a first-quarter trading update tomorrow.

DSG profits plunge with no recovery until 2010

DSG International, which owns Currys and PC World, posted losses for the second consecutive yesterday and warned its market wouldn't recover until after next summer. Total losses at the electricals group hit £140.4m before tax for the 12 months to May 2, as it continued to suffer from the slump in consumer spending.

Currys and PC World owner racks up £140m losses

Currys and PC World owner DSG International today racked up annual losses of £140.4 million as it warned markets were set to remain tough in the year ahead.

DSG to post 80% profit collapse

Further pressure is expected to be heaped on DSG's chief executive, John Browett, this week when the electricals group that runs Currys and PC World posts a near 80 per cent drop in profits to around £42m.

It's a PC World, By Edward Stourton

Edward Stourton is an urbane and humane guide through the tricky terrain of the politically correct. Is the notion of PC speech and behaviour an enlightened, civilised way of fighting unfair discrimination; or is it a bullying, unjustified form of censorship? Good manners, or plain stupid? Stourton's aims are admirably clear: to identify what, exactly, "PC" means, and to distinguish between when it's appropriate and when it has lapsed into its alter ego, "PC gone mad".

Mark Steel: The significance of a concrete hippo in Walsall

In a desire to retain their identities, towns are reaching for new symbols

Best Buy delays UK roll out

The opening of the first Best Buy stores in the UK has been delayed until the first quarter of next year.

Investment Column: Good results but be careful with Spectris

Morgan Sindall; Ashmore Group

Cash-strapped companies to ask shareholders for more funding

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