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Conservative halve Labour’s poll lead

Sandwich heirs carry on the family tradition

The Earl of Sandwich has opened a sandwich shop in London, 250 years after his ancestor, the Fourth Earl, is said to have invented the snack in his quest for something convenient to eat while he gambled.

Pret 'nervous' on UK despite stellar results

The chief executive of Pret A Manger, the sandwich and coffee chain, has revealed it is "nervous" about the prospect of a spike in interest rates and UK unemployment but has continued to increase sales this year after a barnstorming performance in 2010.

Orange to bring mobile phone 'wave and pay' system to UK

Orange is set to become the first operator in the UK to allow customers to pay for goods with a swipe of their mobile phone, after signing a strategic deal with Barclays.

Consuming issues: Npower gets my vote for worst company in UK

You probably have your own nomination for Britain's worst company, BP or Santander perhaps, but my money is on npower. Although most big energy firms combine high prices with poor service, npower has distinguished itself by putting in an outstandingly bad performance over the past few years.

Coffee takes over the high street

Forget austerity: Britain's coffee shop boom continues, says James Thompson

£1.2m violin stolen as musician got a sandwich

Thieves made off with a £1.2 million antique Stradivarius violin when a classical musician went to buy a sandwich.

John Walsh: BTW (26/11/10)

Festive foodies bring out my inner Scrooge

Sir Stuart Rose will take Bridgepoint role

Sir Stuart Rose is to join a private-equity firm as an adviser in his first new role since he announced his departure from Marks & Spencer.

Chopsticks: The cutlery conundrum

Some 45 billion chopsticks are used and chucked away in China each year. Campaigners want to change that, but face huge economic and cultural obstacles

Revealed: the salads that contain more salt than crisps

This is not just a salad – it's a Marks & Spencer salad, and it contains five times more salt than a packet of crisps.

Fast food chains drop watchdog's calorie-count display scheme

Fast food chains and restaurants have quietly sunk a plan by Britain's food watchdog to display calorie counts in eating outlets across the country, The Independent can disclose.

Waitrose named compassionate supermarket of the year

Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and the Morrisons have won awards at Compassion in World Farming’s Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards for improving the lives of farm animals.

Katy Guest: A tall skinny latte to go, then we'll crack world peace

It is one of life's most enraging paradoxes that the most stressful ritual of the day, purchasing the morning coffee, has to happen before one has had the morning coffee.

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