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London's Brent borough leads Britain for rising house prices

Suburb once known for shootings experiences surge in property values greater than banker hotspots such as Chelsea<p>For years the London borough of Brent was synonymous with Wembley stadium and Ken Livingstone's constituency when he was an MP. It included some of the capital's most deprived areas, and …

Asos: an extraordinary company with ordinary problems

The clothing retailer is currently valued at 85 times earnings. But it faces the same difficulties as any of its competitors<p>Asos, the online fashion group worth £4.3bn only 13 years after launch, is plainly an extraordinary company. It should achieve £1bn sales this year and it is the trailblazer …

SSE boss attacks 'scaremongering' over energy competition probe

Energy chief says competition probe needs wider remit and criticises scaremongering, after rival Centrica warns of possible blackouts<p>Energy companies should not "scaremonger" over the impact of a competition probe, the chief executive of SSE has said, in a thinly-veiled attack on rival …

United Kingdom

As Scientists Examine Landslide, Questions About Logging's Potential Role

While there is no "smoking gun," clear-cutting and river erosion emerge as possible contributors.<p><b>Scientists hoping to better understand what triggered the tragic landslide in western Washington are eyeing two prime suspects: rising groundwater that weakened slide-prone soils, perhaps exacerbated by</b> …

Forests

Massive Chile Earthquake May Not Be the "Big One"

Scientists warn that the region has pent-up seismic energy along active faults.<p>A big earthquake of magnitude 8.2 shook the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday night, setting off small landslides and a small tsunami and killing at least five people. But scientists say the quake, while large, was not …

Geology