News Another storming performance from the value fashion chain Primark

Primark saw a 14 per cent increase in sales in the 16 weeks to 4 January

Media Diary: 27/06/2011

BBC arrogance turned Panorama's mistake into a catastrophe

The use of unreliable footage was bad enough. The subsequent spin was even worse, argues BBC veteran Tom Mangold

BBC crisis over 'fake' sweatshop scene in Primark documentary

Trust says that 'Panorama' should consider giving back its Royal Television Society award

Green talks to Primark over Bhs sales

Sir Philip Green is in early talks to sell a batch of his Bhs stores to Primark as part of a cost-reduction exercise across his Arcadia brands.

Market Report: ABF defies Gap profits warning to rise to top

Many of the clothing retailers may have been wearing red after the rising cost of cotton led sector giant Gap to issue a profit warning, but Associated British Foods (ABF) was still top of the blue-chip index last night on hopes the problems facing the company are about to ease.

Off With My Head, Son

How the world of sport saw the royal wedding

Market Report: Standard Life is well set for regulatory revamp

Standard Life was in demand last night after the insurer was picked out as the best placed in the sector to cope with major new regulations set to be introduced in 2013. Shares in the Edinburgh-based company finished 4p ahead at 219.1p, their highest level for more than a month, following a bullish note from Investec which reiterated its "buy" advice on the stock.

Discount retail back in fashion as consumers adjust to austere times

Cut-price supermarkets and value retailers see upswing

David Prosser: The UK economy and a tale of two companies

Outlook Yesterday's extremely disappointing GDP data – and there really is no other way to characterise it – was accompanied by a slew of results from large companies that did not all conform with the rubric of a country showing no growth.

Human remains found in field

Police are investigating after human remains were found in a field on farmland on Easter Monday.

Primark looks to break into new territory

Primark is set to open its first shop in a retail park.

Katy Guest: What next for the Camerons – Primark?

When Sam and Dave chose a no-frills flight, it was good value for all

John Walsh: When leaders suffer a Lear moment

As Laurent Gbagbo hid in his Abidjan bunker yesterday, waiting for the end, did he think it was all worth it? Thirteen hundred people dead, 130,000 Ivorians fled to Liberia, a million more displaced, blood-crazed gangs roaming the streets – and all because of a man who couldn't leave the power chair when his time was up.

Market Report: ABF flavour of the day thanks to sugar outlook

There was a renewed appetite for Associated British Foods yesterday as analysts turned sweet on the group, arguing investors have missed how much of a boost it will get from sugar.

David Prosser: Don't be alarmed by Northern Rock's move back into risky loans

Outlook: There are only 200 products available to buyers with a 10 per cent deposit, down from 800before the financial crisis struck
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