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French burka ban helps London to cash in on overseas shoppers

London stores are benefiting from a backlash to the Paris burka ban, as Middle Eastern shoppers choose to shop in the "more welcoming" capital.

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The Selfridges scion making a splash

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Designer Raphael Young has discovered style's holy grail: a comfortable high heel. Naomi Attwood meets him

Forget the wedding gifts, we'll take cash instead

The bride and groom's polite requests for bed linen, toasters and sets of cutlery might soon be over, as more than a third of couples exchange the traditional wedding list for demands for cash.

Saracens outgun Newcastle as Wray condemns the RFU

Saracens 24 Newcastle 9

Chelsea Girl: Let's twist again

The revival of Sixties high-street emporium Chelsea Girl brings a touch of fashion nostalgia to a new generation.

Brazilian sandal-maker packs wellies as it expands into UK

Known for its flip-flops, Havaianas is to sell boots when it opens its first London shop

DJ Taylor: Artfully, those pesky motorists dodge the bullet once more

Its been a good week for car-owners, Romeo Beckham, and Charles Dickens. But Mark Twain has taken a politically correct battering (if that's possible ...)

Shoppers flock to sales to beat VAT rise in 2011

Thousands of cash-strapped shoppers braved sub-zero temperatures after Christmas to pick up significant bargains in the sales before next month's VAT increase.

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