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Fashion chain Next today said the snow cost it £22 million in lost sales as customers stayed at home during the key Christmas trading period.

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Major airports start to clear backlog after thousands stranded by snow

New Yorkers struggled to get back to normal yesterday after the sixth-biggest snowstorm in the city's history, while thousands of stranded travellers hoped finally to board long-delayed flights after a blizzard buried the US north-east.

Eastern America paralysed by snow

A heavy snowstorm has laid a blanket of peace and quiet on New York City, emptying the streets of almost all traffic and prompting many people to extend the Christmas holiday weekend for another day.

Snow today, then rain will speed the thaw

A flurry of snow is expected across much of Britain today and tomorrow before giving way to a thaw, albeit temporary. Up to 5cm of snow is forecast to fall across eastern and northern parts of the country, with up to 20cm in parts of Scotland and 15cm on the Pennines and Yorkshire Moors.

Christmas Day goes swimmingly in sun and snow

With temperatures dropping to -18C in parts of north-east England and Scotland, even the prospect of the coldest winter since 1890 was not enough to dampen the spirits of Britain's intrepid adventurers eager to mark Christmas Day.

Snow in the UK: Your winter 2010 pictures

It's wonderful when snow blankets the UK, muffling the country and making even the dullest landmarks beautiful.

Fears for retail snowball after profit warning from Alexon

Alexon, the fashion retailer, yesterday sent a pre-Christmas chill through the retail sector with a profits warning, becoming the latest group to warn about the damaging impact of the "extreme" wintry conditions.

Forecast: No let-up as cold snap continues across UK

Icy weather kept a tight grip on the UK last night, while further snowfalls are forecast for today. Temperatures dipped to -20 degrees overnight in parts of the West Midlands and Welsh borders, while by 8pm last night the temperature in Benson in Oxfordshire had dipped to -16.3 degrees. Andrew Sibley, forecaster for the Met Office said: "Another band of snow will move through the south west today along the south coast, which may affect London.

'You're like Scrooge': Award-winning writer Jackie Kay presents her exclusive festive short story

Friendship is a wonderful thing, but sometimes you just want to be alone. And some of those times happen to be Christmas. The award-winning poet-novelist Jackie Kay presents 'Home-Alone Christmas', a festive short story written exclusively for 'The New Review'

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Video: Snow to cause misery across Britain

Temperatures are plummeting across the UK with widespread ice and snow set to return.

Album: Aled Jones, Aled's Christmas Gift (Demon Music Group)

Aled Jones's take on the Christmas album is virtually flawless, if slightly bloodless, which given his frequent stints as presenter on Radio 2 and Songs of Praise should come as no surprise.

Bad weather puts Christmas gifts delivery in doubt

Millions of Christmas gifts are stacking up in warehouses and might not be delivered in time for the big day, a haulage expert said today.

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