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The Business Matrix: Monday 13 January 2014

Asos expands into Russia and China

Nathan Filer, 32, is a lecturer but also works in mental health

Mental health nurse Nathan Filer wins Costa first novel prize with The Shock of the Fall

Nathan Filer's novel explores a man's descent into mental illness

Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Abbey Clancy crowned champion as more than 12m watch the final

Final of the BBC1 dance contest pulled in its lowest ratings for a final for four years

Dopers, nobblers, dibbers and dobbers: 2013 in sports books

A high proportion of the standout books of 2013 deal with dirty dealings of one kind or another. Then again, as Mike Rowbottom points out in Foul Play: The Dark Arts of Cheating in Sport (Bloomsbury, £12.99), athletes have sought an illegal edge since ancient Greece. His excursion into the grey areas of sport’s moral maze is illuminating and entertaining, if somewhat disheartening.

Market Report: Investors desert BAE Systems

Investors flew out of defence specialist  BAE Systems on Friday after news it had failed to win a £6bn contract on which punters had been pinning their hopes.

Stoke City owner Peter Coates

The Last Word: Football blind to scale of match-fixing threat

Game’s rulers must tackle a problem that dwarfs doping and hooliganism

Westlife's Kian Egan has emerged as an early rival for Joey Essex in the battle for the I'm A Celebrity crown

I'm A Celebrity 2013: Kian Egan tipped to rival Joey Essex for crown

Bookmakers have picked the Westlife singer as the most likely challenger

Ladbrokes loses auditor in its bid to catch main rival William Hill

Ladbrokes has dumped its auditor as the bookie looks to close the gap on fierce rival William Hill.

Market Report: Fears Aberdeen could be caught up in expensive bidding war

Reports from Down Under that could mean an expensive bidding war for fund manager Aberdeen Asset Management sent it to the bottom of the Footsie yesterday.

Jim Crace with his Booker-nominated novel, Harvest. Our critic said:

Man Booker Prize: Jim Crace and Eleanor Catton favourites ahead of tonight's ceremony

Find out what our critics said about each of the shortlisted novels

Market Report: Double Standards rock the markets

The City can be very fickle when it decides what stock is on or off the buy list, and yesterday the FTSE had particularly varying standards. Insurer Standard Life Investments was in but Standard Chartered Bank was out.

Online woes spark another Ladbrokes profit warning

Ladbrokes shocked the City with its third profit warning of 2013 today as the bookmaker’s ailing online business lost yet more ground on its rivals.

Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Ashley Taylor Dawson

Strictly Come Dancing's Ashley Taylor Dawson prepared to miss birth of his first child to dance in the live show

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ashley Taylor Dawson says he may have to miss the birth of his child - because it could clash with the first live show.

It could be Who: Capaldi

Doctor Who announcement: Peter Capaldi unveiled as 12th incarnation of Time Lord

Glasgow born star revealed as latest actor to play iconic role

It could be Who: Capaldi

Doctor Who announcement: Has Rankin given fans a clue to the identity of the new Doctor?

Photographer may have accidentally let slip that Gallifrey's finest will still be played by a man

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