Travel Cyprus bill: costs rise out of term time

Some parents of children at independent schools like to calculate the cost per day of their offspring's private education – usually upwards of £60. For the benefit of all parents, I can now reveal the cost per day of the school holidays: £70, or even more.

The Week Ahead: Carpetright is unlikely to get the red carpet treatment

Carpetright is unlikely to get the red carpet treatment from investors at its half-year results tomorrow. They are still reeling from its profit warning in October.

The Business Matrix: Monday 9 December 2013

Royal Mail set to join FTSE 100

Anthony Hilton: Why should people clean up these messes when they’ll be pilloried for it?

The travel company, Thomas Cook, announced a dramatic surge in profits on Thursday to suggest that it is finally recovering from its near-death experience of a couple of years ago. That was when it was in such a mess it should really have been allowed to go bust.

Mark Carney believes the measures will keep the market on a 'sustainable path'

Market Report: Bank of England governor Mark Carney's remarks hit housebuilding stocks

Remarks by Bank of England governor Mark Carney poured cold water on recently buoyant housebuilding stocks as investors panicked.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 19 November 2013

Mitie profits leap as it dodges cuts

Walk the line: Waverley Station in Edinburgh

Simon Calder: At last! A new way to get to Waverley

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Brand new: Thomas Cook's logo on a high street store

Simon Calder: Will Thomas Cook's new look entice you to book?

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Thomas Cook seeks new heartland

Travel group Thomas Cook today unveiled a new “sunny heart” logo and the simple message “Let’s Go” in a major rebranding, but some observers warned that it looked “bland” and could lead to confusion.

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From yoga in India and glass in Venice to augmented reality apps

Where's the best place to take my family for a beach break in early autumn?

Q. I'm currently perusing holidays suitable for a family of five in mid-September: two adults, twins aged two and an eight-month-old baby. We are looking to travel independently to somewhere quiet and picturesque. A nice little beach is most important to us with safe accommodation close by. We went to Scarborough and loved it, but there is no guarantee we will get good weather. We want a flight no more than two hours with a short transfer. Name withheld, Sheffield

Deals of the week

Less than £200... BA has a range of city breaks for under £200. One quick and cultural option within reach of the beach is Cannes, where two nights' room-only at the Appart'City Cannes Mandelieu is £113pp with flights from Gatwick to Nice on 18, 29 or 30 September. Ba.com/holidayfinder

Investment View: It's worth taking the trip with two travel firms

It's holiday time so it seems appropriate to run the slide rule over the two big tour operators that have recently issued rather positive trading updates. While we relax, they are now starting to focus on the winter season and even next year's bookings. But the numbers to date look good.

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School summer holidays are in full swing - but the Great British exodus to the sun is a relatively new invention

Bay watch: The view of Nice’s harbour from the Colline du Château

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