The Business Matrix: Thursday 12 December 2013

Peugeot Citroen sells 40% stake

Motoring review: Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi

Is it third time lucky for Peugeot?

European car sales plunge

This year has seen the slowest car sales on record in Europe, with the UK being the only country where drivers bought more new motors than in 2012.

Scientists have discovered birds observe speed limits on the roads

Birds observe speed limits on the roads even if motorists choose to ignore them

Scientists admitted breaking the law to carry out the study in western France

Greg Lemond (left) and Bernard Hinault tackle Alpe d’ Huez in 1986

Tour de France 2013: Alpe d’Huez – so good they’re climbing it twice

Tour breaks new ground today with double ascent of iconic mountain to mark 100th birthday 

UK sales boom lifts European gloom

Europe’s struggling car industry ended a dire 18-month run of declining sales in April thanks to booming sales in the UK, figures showed yesterday.

Radioactive material stolen from parked van

A canister of radioactive material has been stolen from the back of a van in Lancashire.

13-year-old girl killed in south London police chase crash

A 13-year-old girl has died in a crash involving a vehicle which was being pursued by police.

Man held as two men die in crash

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving after two men were killed in a car crash.

Two killed after car hits tree

Two people were killed and another was injured after a car left the road and hit a tree.

Man arrested by police investigating hit-and-run incident that killed 16-year-old boy

A man has been arrested by police investigating the hit and run death of a 16-year-old boy.

Tamara Ecclestone goes Greased lightning

Heiress Tamara Ecclestone seems to be inheriting her Formula One dad's interest in wheels as she recreates the spirit of the Greased Lightning scene from Grease.

Police warn of M20 airgun attacks

Police are urging motorists to be vigilant after three cars were hit by airgun pellets while travelling at speed on a busy motorway.

Pensioner killed in crash after 'driving on wrong side of road'

An elderly woman has died after her car hit another vehicle as she drove on the wrong side of the road, according to police.

Ford sees $1bn loss this year

Ford warned yesterday that it faced $1bn (£645.9m) in losses in its European division this year after the car industry slipped deeper into crisis.

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The Doctor and the Dalek meet
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The spy mistress-general: A lecturer in nutritional therapy in her modern life, Heather Rosa favours a Byzantine look topped off with a squid and a schooner
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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution