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Dark materials: How to find the best chocolate, bar none

Premium chocolate used to mean a box of Black Magic. Now true connoisseurs are just as discriminating as wine buffs – but not all fine confectionary is equal.

The Week Ahead: Barclays kicks off bank reporting season

The banking sector, which has been the centre of public attention as bonus season has got into full swing, will retain the limelight this week as Barclays issues its full-year results tomorrow.

Write a Valentine's message for your loved one to appear in The Independent

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Currys owner trounces City forecasts with strong sales

DSGi sells one computer and one television every two seconds in UK at Christmas

Investment Column: Hold HSBC, the quality play among banks

IG Group; Thorntons

High street sees light at the end of tunnel at last

Store chains defy the downturn with increase in sales and profits

Share index back above 5000 after 11 months

London's FTSE 100 Index touched the 5000 mark for the first time in almost a year today as investor confidence showed little sign of waning.

The Week Ahead: Primark expected to beat growth forecasts

TODAY: Britain's battered high streets will be in focus at the beginning of a busy week when Associated British Foods provides a trading update.

Market expects good things from Primark and Morrisons

The resilience of the British consumer will be tested this week when a raft of retailers issue updates to the market.

Retailers record best sales for more than a year

CBI sees first rise in high street sales since early 2008

Hope on the High Street

Official figures show that retail sales are rising and several big names are prospering. So is the downturn over, asks James Thompson

Game and Thorntons hit sweet spot to boost retailers

The video game specialist Game Group posted record full-year profits yesterday, while the chocolatier Thorntons also revealed tasty third-quarter figures, providing further evidence that the retail sector's darkest days may just have passed.

Thorntons cuts staff costs as profits fall 40 per cent

The “vast majority” of staff at Thorntons have taken up its offer of flexible working this year, the confectioner said yesterday, as it revealed that hefty pre-Christmas discounting had dragged down its interim profits by nearly 40 per cent.

Andreas Whittam Smith: Amid the gloom and doom, I've a small piece of advice to offer

What should savers do now that inflation is dropping like a stone? Buy government bonds

Investment Column: Sales figures turn sour for Thorntons

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