US President Barack Obama needs to make a deal with Congress on tax and spending to avert a recession

America battles to pull back from the precipice

Nikhil Kumar assesses where the pain will be felt if US economic woes trigger automatic tax hikes totalling £274bn

Union J's X Factor dream ends at semi-final

...as final three contenders James Arthur, Christopher Maloney and  Jahmene Douglas

Shoppers in Macy's store over Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving weekend sales top last year

More people hit the stores this Thanksgiving weekend than did last year, as big-box retailers opened their doors earlier than ever on Thursday.

At least 112 people killed in Bangladesh garment factory fire

At least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through a multi-story garment factory just outside of Bangladesh's capital, an official said Sunday.

Wal-Mart facing strike threat as it gears up for 'Black Friday' frenzy

The retail giant Wal-Mart is facing the threat of strikes at its discount stores this week, with workers seeking better wages and benefits planning to protest on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.

Every little goes a long way… Tesco Magazine overtakes The Sun to become Britain’s most-read print publication

As it awaits censure from the Leveson inquiry, the tabloid press suffered a new ignominy as the coveted title of Britain’s most-read print product was claimed by the supermarket brand with the catchphrase: “Every little helps”.

Let's go shopping on the Black Friday

How to beat 'Black Friday' - both here and in the US

This Friday is Black Friday in the States, the day after Thanksgiving, which marks the traditional start to the Christmas shopping season with massive discounts to lure shoppers. Most years it turns nasty, though. In 2011 it was marred by shootings and pepper-sprayings (one started over a tussle for a waffle iron) as bargain-hunters stampeded into stores across America.

BP settlement a boon to conservation group

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has operated on a modest budget in relative obscurity for nearly three decades. Then it won the lottery.

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Merely the first phase of its Christmas ad campaign, this short piece uses Lionel Richie’s “Hello” to promote its Clubcard voucher exchange. As sexy as it sounds.

Mamma mia, these Tesco, Morrisons and Asda adverts take Christmas back to the 1950s

They've been accused of sexism. But it's not just the mums who suffer

Supermarkets cut petrol prices

Hundreds of supermarket filling stations will be offering cheaper fuel from tomorrow.

Take a drink of the colour of the state. Red or blue?

US Election night: get ready for the greatest political show on earth

We may not get to vote, but Brits can still enjoy the show, argues Will Dean

UK Sale: £1.2bn... UK Tax: £0

Sketch: Getting to the bottom of Starbucks' tax arrangements is a study in exasperation

If nothing else the questioning of the country’s top taxperson was a study in exasperation today. Understandably, the Commons Public Accounts Committee was eager, desperate even, to find out from Lin Homer, HMRC’s chief executive, how it was that Starbucks managed to pay a trifling £8.6million in corporation tax on UK sales of - wait for it - £398million.

Lisa Markwell: Food labels made simple: if you can't say it, don't eat it

In the same way that the only honest weight-loss advice should be eat less, move more, the only honest way to label food would be good for you, OK and bad for you. Instead, as we know from yesterday's announcement of a voluntary labelling system to be introduced into supermarkets next year, we will have high, medium and low. This replaces the nebulous "traffic lights" of red, amber and green that many retailers have been using.

Asda PR slips up on live radio revealing two-thirds of checkouts are 'guilty' (surrounded by sweets and chocolate)

It was supposed to be a day for supermarkets to trumpet the easy way to ensure healthy eating through the near-universal adoption of a new food labelling system. Unfortunately for Asda, its communications chief didn't manage to keep to the script.

Asda is the latest to make a move, rebranding its financial services arm as Asda Money and launching a new credit card

Asda cuts 2p off petrol pice

Supermarket Asda is cutting up to 2p a litre off the price of its petrol.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker