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Market Report: Rentokil Initial stars in a falling market

RENTOKIL INITIAL and British Steel were the stockmarket's odd couple yesterday. The ultra-modern cleaning and pest control group and the old-fashioned bastion of the UK industry go together like chalk and cheese but yesterday they were the stars of a falling market.

Thorntons slides 17% on warning

SHARES OF the speciality chocolate group Thorntons fell by 17 per cent to 207.5p yesterday after the company warned that profits for the year would be lower than expected.

Shopping: Watch out, bunnies about

Hop to it and indulge in some extraordinary eggs and chocolate rabbits this Easter. By Dominic Lutyens

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Black Christmas on high street raises rate cut hopes

THE GLOOM on Britain's high streets deepened yesterday with official figures showing that retail sales in the run-up to Christmas were amongst the weakest in recent years.

Market Report: High returns from hi-tech investments

ANY SHARE with the most remote Internet connection is in danger of hitting the stock market heights.

Investment: Sweet success for Thorntons

THORNTONS, the Derbyshire-based chocolate maker, has just completed the most eventful year in its 87-year history, and shows no signs of scaling back the five-year makeover programme it embarked on two years ago. In the year to 27 June it spent pounds 45m extending the factory, adding another 59 shops, re-siting a further 41 and launching 132 new product lines, of which 15 flopped.

Thorntons sales rise by 22%

SALES AT Thorntons, the maker and retailer of upmarket chocolates, rose by 22 per cent to pounds 133m in the year to 27 June, including a like- for-like sales increase of 9.6 per cent.

Stock Market Week: Small caps take the biggest hammering

SPARE A thought for small cap shares as the stock market bloodbath stains every portfolio in the land.

Saris for the streetwise; people in fashion

Chris Maume meets Kurt Jones of Elvis Jesus and Co Couture, whose ethnically eclectic classics are dazzling, versatile and a not a million miles away from 'The Valley of the Dolls'

The Investment Column: Thorntons sweet after shake-up

INVESTORS in Thorntons, the chocolate retailer and manufacturer, must be delighted with the performance of the company since Roger Paffard took over as chief executive two years ago. The shares have motored from a low of 135p in early 1996 to a new high yesterday of 292.5p, up 5p on the day, after a big shake-up of the group.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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