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

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

Builders, retailers and banks target shareholders
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Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
10 best compact cameras

A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

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Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

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Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

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The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?