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Jimmy Choo steps up for £1bn float

Blockbuster to shut 72 stores and axe 452 jobs

The closures represent the loss of about a quarter of its 264 outlets

Sainsbury's overtakes Asda on demand for its premium lines

Sainsbury's dominant position as the best-performing Big Four supermarket was cemented yesterday when the company revealed it has surpassed Asda to become the country's second-biggest supermarket and is set to overtake Morrisons' profit levels for the first time in a decade.

Sainsbury’s announced pre-tax profits of £400m for the six months to the end of September

Sainsbury's overtakes Asda to become second-largest UK supermarket as profits soar 9%

Company now accounts for 16.8% of the market

Farmers’ friend Prince Charles on a visit to Cumbria

Prince Charles: Supermarkets give squeezed farmers a raw deal

They take all the profit and accept none of the risk, says heir to the throne in editorial for Country Life magazine

Wine: Something for the weekend?

Night in

Anthony Rose: 'Forget ancient vicars and maiden aunts - Drakes Tabanco's sherries are fresh and innovative'

Missing the recent London Sherry Trail – aka tapas bar crawl – didn't prevent me from taking in the new sherry and cava bar phenomenon that's adding a dimension to the growing tapas scene. Following Bar Pepito, Rosita and Copa de Cava comes Drakes Tabanco in central London. Tim Luther and Nigel Howell's authentic tavern serves excellent Fernando de Castilla sherries from the cask and sells them to take away.

Money Insider: Spread your spending or cut costs for a happy Christmas spending?

With a little over six and a half weeks until Christmas, if you're thinking of taking out a new credit card to ease the festive financial burden, you need to get your skates on.

Keith Blakelock was murdered 23 years ago

Man aged 45 denies murdering PC Keith Blakelock during Broadwater Farm riot 28 years ago

A 45-year-old man today denied murdering policeman Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm Estate riot 28 years ago.

TV presenters Ant and Dec in the Morrisons 2014 Christmas TV advertising campaign

Struggling supermarket Morrisons sees sales fall 2.4%

Grocer said subdued consumer confidence led to heavy discounting

Rhodri Marsden: the embodiment of irresistible masculinity, obviously

Rhodri Marsden: Dear Tesco, our relationship is becoming a bit creepy

I'd like to invite you to play a mercifully short game that involves glancing at my byline picture and making broad generalisations about the kind of stuff I might like to buy. I'm evidently the embodiment of irresistible masculinity, so what do you reckon?

Asda launches 'gimmick-free' Christmas advert

Asda is to launch its "gimmick-free" Christmas advert this weekend, claiming it is spending the money saved on beating its competitors' prices.

Elbows at the ready: Aldi offers 1973 Napoleon Vintage Brandy worth £107 for bargain price of £29.99

The discount retailer has slashed prices on a range of premium spirits

Algorithm teaches robots that knifes and humans don't mix

"Corrective feedback" lets humans teach robots how to handle a range of everyday objects correctly, from sharp ones  like knives to fragile ones like eggs

Sweet shop owner fined £400 for selling 30p Asda chocolate as £3 Wonka bars

Alexander Gwillym had tried to register his product as 'Mr Wonka Bar' rather than 'Wonka Bar'

Homeless man John Ward sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering two Big Issue sellers in frenzied Birmingham knife attack

23-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after killing Wayne Busst and Ian Watson-Gladwish

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