News The iconic British brands sold 425,006 vehicles in 2013 - up 19 per cent on 2012

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

Peter Rabbit set for return in Chorion deal

Beatrix Potter's much-loved cast of children's characters, including Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs Tiggywinkle, are to make a comeback on British television screens after two decades, thanks to a deal unveiled yesterday by the entertainment company Chorion and the publisher Penguin.

Dubai's debt shakes world markets

Debt-swamped Dubai today asked for a six-month reprieve on paying its bills, causing a drop on world markets.

Fear of 'double dip' haunts global markets

Fund managers pull out of equities as gloom gathers over strength of recovery in UK and US

Mobile giant Nokia recalls danger threat chargers

Mobile phone maker Nokia recalled 14 million potentially dangerous chargers today.

Leading article: A surfeit of crinoline

When a politician says it's not about the money, you know – say observers of American politics – that it's about the money. You could say the same about the BBC and ratings. When their spokespeople insist, as they did yesterday, that it's not about the ratings, you can be pretty sure that this is indeed exactly what it's about – in this case the plummeting number of viewers for Emma, its latest costume drama.

Nuclear group sells commercial arm

A major slice of the country's nuclear expertise is to transfer into private hands after the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) today announced the £50 million sale of its commercial arm.

Last Night's Television - Running in Heels, E4; Tweed, BBC4

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Sponsorship deal 'boosts' Liverpool stadium plans

Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow believes the biggest sponsorship deal in the club's history can get their new stadium project back on track.

Hot shots: tequila becomes Britain's spirit of choice

Few liquors can match tequila for its association with endurance drinking and lethal hangovers. For decades, Mexico's national spirit has been at the heart of an unholy alliance with salt, lime and pickled caterpillars to make it the tipple of choice for those in search of cheap and rapid oblivion.

Critics cry foul as President brings free football to Argentina

In a deft offensive manoeuvre, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner ended a two-week delay in the start of Argentina's football season by signing a $155m-a-year (£94m) deal to broadcast league matches on state television, kicking aside an existing and far less generous cable contract.

David Prosser: Markets at a crossroads

Outlook: The problem with market bull runs is that the higher they go, the more nervous people start to feel

Paul Marsh: Literary agent who led the way in the sale of rights to authors' work on the international market

The international literary agent Paul Marsh was celebrated for selling British and international authors around the world and ensuring they were published in many languages. Most authors, and literary novelists in particular, cannot make a living from their domestic sales alone, so they depend heavily on international sales. Paul Marsh was one of the key players in this globalisation of literary culture. He was the consummate broker, linking authors and publishers across a Babel of languages, a charming and energetic promoter of an international culture of books.

David Prosser: Tata steps up a gear

Outlook: It Is difficult not to feel extremely nervous about the employment prospects of staff at Jaguar Land Rover. Parent company Tata admitted as much yesterday, warning that future job cuts are possible after unveiling a £280m loss at the company in its first 10 months of ownership.

Amy Barry: We are waiting for governments to act

In 2003, three years before the sweaty torso and grungy Rhodesian accent of Leonardo DiCaprio propelled the issue of blood diamonds to international attention, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was established as a way of cleaning up the diamond trade. The result of years of campaigning, it was designed to stop diamonds that finance conflict from entering the global market.

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