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(From left to right) 1. Clara whispering briefs, £48, stellamccartney.com

Market Report: Miners subside after gold price plunge

Getting on the wrong side of your regulator is a bad idea. Particularly  in financial services

The Business Matrix: Friday 22 March 2013

Secure Trust boosts Arbuthnot

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Ted Baker enjoys festive boom

Smart Ted Baker beats profit targets

Ted Baker is pushing ahead with its overseas expansion after the fashion group posted a rise in half-year profits that beat City expectations.

Fence of fury: David Haye and Dereck Chisora continue the war of words

Boxing: David Haye - Dereck Chisora fight set to go ahead

The controversial bout between David Haye and Dereck Chisora will definitely go ahead, according to organisers, after the Luxembourg Boxing Federation reiterated its support for the fight despite a threat of expulsion from the European Boxing Union.

Profit boost sees Ted Baker boss go up the aisle in style

Ray Kelvin, founder of the fashion chain Ted Baker, is marrying his long-term girlfriend Clare this weekend and is almost more excited about that than the company's 12 per cent rise in profits last year. "I'm really excited," he exclaimed. "I've lost a lot of weight because she said I had to. And the business is going brilliant."

New store openings lift Ted Baker's profits

Ted Baker defied the gloom in fashion markets with a 12% rise in profits today, adding that its "exciting" overseas expansion plans should further boost prospects.

<p>1. Eastpak Provider Blackout</p>
<p>£65, epacks.co.uk</p>
<p>No list of the best backpacks would be complete without an Eastpak in there somewhere. This one has two main compartments, one mini one, plus a padded laptop sleeve as well.</p>

The 10 Best rucksacks

1. Eastpak Provider Blackout

£65, epacks.co.uk

No list of the best backpacks would be complete without an Eastpak in there somewhere. This one has two main compartments, one mini one, plus a padded laptop sleeve as well.

1. Winter Coffret: £60, Diptyque, diptyqueparis.com - A mini candle set from Diptyque that's sure to muster up a festive aroma. Fresh pine, spicy pomander and warm wood fire are the scents included in thislimited-edition set.

The 10 Best Christmas gift sets

Boxed-up toiletry treats have come a long way since bath salts and talc. Now you can choose from candles, cosmetics and more

<p>1. Instead of a Book by Diana Athill</p>
<p>£20, granta.com</p>
<p>Can anyone resist the 94-year-old grand dame of publishing? This volume of letters spans 30 years.</p>

The 10 Best: Gifts for women

1. Instead of a Book by Diana Athill

£20, granta.com

Can anyone resist the 94-year-old grand dame of publishing? This volume of letters spans 30 years.

Overseas sales boost ASOS growth

Online fashion retailer ASOS maintained its rapid rate of growth today after revealing a 41% jump in annual profits to £28.6 million.

Ted Baker posts sharp profits rise

Ted Baker said it was "pleased" with early sales of its spring and summer collections, as it grew pre-tax profits by nearly a quarter. The quirky fashion brand, which has a retail, licence and wholesale arm, grew revenues by 14.7 per cent to £187.7m over the year to 29 January, boosted by an increase in selling space.

Market awaits indebted Punch's strategic review

Punch Taverns' chief executive, Ian Dyson, unveils his long-awaited strategy review on Tuesday.

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