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Iconic British brands sold 425,006 vehicles in 2013 - up 19 per cent on 2012 - and set records in 38 international markets

The frock-coated communist, By Tristram Hunt

Which great socialist had a dog called Nameless that "had a great appetite for boozing" and was trained to "growl hideously" at aristocrats? Not only in canine matters did Friedrich Engels fail to conform to the steely template of Communist leaders.

Chloride knocks back Emerson's £723m takeover bid as too low

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£80 million loan for nuclear components supply announced

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The drive to improve the take-up of Mandarin in schools is in danger of collapsing unless exams are made easier, says a leading private school headteacher who pioneered teaching the subject.

Châteaux splash out – on their own wine

French scramble to prop up prices as the world's biggest trader sells stock

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Osborne tries to win back trust after 'wobble' on spending cuts

Shadow Chancellor says safeguarding Britain's credit rating will be his priority

Strong exports drive manufacturing surge, raising hopes on jobs

British manufacturing is growing at its fastest rate for 15 years, research published yesterday showed, despite the rest of the economy struggling to recover from the recession.

Mandelson hits out at Tory economic plans

Lord Mandelson accused the Tories of being in "disarray" over economic policy today as Labour called on David Cameron to make clear his plans for post-election cuts.

Boost to UK commercial property market will be unsustainable

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PFA issue Portsmouth warning regarding wages

Portsmouth's players finally received their wages for December amid a stinging rebuke from the Professional Footballers' Association.

Portsmouth secure funds to pay players

Portsmouth's players have finally received their December salaries, a week late. The club announced it had obtained funds yesterday morning and paid the cash straight into the players' bank accounts.

Portsmouth players finally paid

Portsmouth's players have finally received December's salary, the club have confirmed.

Anthony Rose: 'A strong euro and a burgeoning global market could make life difficult for those with a limited wine budget'

Stargazers are two a penny at this time of year, but predicting 2010's wine trends need not be a total mug's game. To look forward in wine – reculer pour mieux sauter, as the French would have it – is the way. One of the big events this year, for instance, is likely to be the sale of Bordeaux 2009 vintage this spring. Bordeaux predictions should be taken with a larger than usual pinch of salt, but after three average years since the great 2005 vintage, reliable noises coming out of the region suggest that 2009 could rank alongside 2005. As ever, price will be the key. A strong euro and a burgeoning global market fuelled by new Asian wealth could make life difficult for those of us with an honest interest in – but limited budget for – great claret.

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