Who makes the best vacuum cleaners, fridge-freezers, ovens and washing machines? A single German company – Miele, according to Britain’s biggest consumer group.
British manufacturing suffered a major blow today when the last UK train-making company Bombardier announced more than 1,400 job losses.
Thermostats have been slow to catch on. Heating, like so much else, was invented by the Romans. Their version of underfloor radiant heating, called a "hypocaust", was surprisingly sophisticated and warmed the chilliest of villas and better still, public baths. It can get nippy inside marble buildings if you're running around naked and wet.
Eurostar international is ordering 10 new high-speed trains for the Channel Tunnel rail link from the German industrial giant Siemens, in the teeth of pressure from the French government to buy from France's Alstom.
Some of the continent's leaders used the US financial system to protect millions of dollars
Washing machines do not live up to claims of energy efficiency, tests reveal
It's decision day on a chain of solar generators across the desert that could supply a quarter of Europe's power
It is five years since Kellie Moody was talent-spotted at London Fashion Week. A career on the catwalk beckoned. But the work has failed to materialise. Could it have anything to do with the fact that she is deaf? Jerome Taylor investigates