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Marks & Spencer Profit Up Despite Weak Clothing Sales

U.K. Retailer Sees Better Margins in 2015<p>LONDON—Marks & Spencer Group PLC said on Tuesday that it will expand its international footprint and U.K. food stores after another year of poor sales of its clothing, footwear, and home-ware goods in the U.K. The company reported a 16% rise in net profit in …

Marks & Spencer

UK grocery sales fall for first time on record as supermarkets slump

The amount that British consumers spend in major grocery stores has fallen for the first time since at least 1994 according to Kantar, dealing a further blow to Tesco, Asda, J Sainsbury and Wm Morrison<p>Grocery sales in the UK have fallen for the first time on record, highlighting the growing …

Sainsbury'S

Henry VIII's mother-in-law's estate is being turned into flats - Telegraph

Housing

9 Things Powerful People Never Say

Powerful people talk in a healthy way, combining the right blend of confidence and humility. They share authentically with their hearts and inspire others to action. Check out these things powerful people never say so you can become even more powerful.<p><b>1. "Because we've always done it that way."</b><p>You …

Ronald Reagan

8 iconic brands that have disappeared

Soon Nokia will be no more.<p>In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Finnish tech company made the must-have mobile phone. It became the world’s No. 1 …

George R. R. Martin Shoots Down One Ridiculous 'Game Of Thrones' Fan Theory

All men ridiculous fan theories must die.<p>The world of "Game of Thrones" is full of some wild fan theories -- such as Bran Stark and Daenerys Targaryen both being time travelers and even "GoT" taking place in the same universe as the sitcom "Friends" -- but at the 92Y event for his new book, <i>The</i> …

Warren Buffett loses $678m on Tesco in just three months

Sage of Omaha has previously called his investment in Tesco 'a huge mistake'<p>Warren Buffett lost $678m (£427.2m) on his Tesco investment in the third quarter, as the billionaire revealed profits fell at his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate.<p>The Sage of Omaha was Tesco’s fourth largest investor before …

Investing

The top 15 smartphones you can buy right now

It's possible you already purchased one of the smartphones we listed in our buyer's guide last July, but things tend to move quickly, and with fresh handsets from names like Apple, Samsung and Motorola, some of you may already be itching for an upgrade. To that end, we've made some fresh additions …

Russia's currency won't stop falling

Russian President Vladimir Putin could be facing a full-blown currency crisis.<p>The ruble has fallen by about 30% since the start of the year to a record low against the dollar.<p>It plunged by about 10% this week alone, after the Russian central bank said it would reduce its support for the currency, …

25 Years After the Wall Cracked Open, a New Berlin Is Emerging

Awash in reminders of Germany's tragic past, the city is reinventing itself with a "good karma" vibe.<p>The night of November 9 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the great turning points of modern history—the moment in 1989 when the Communist regime of East Germany finally collapsed, and the Wall …

GT Advanced claims Apple used ‘bait-and-switch strategy’ and said to ‘put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement’

Following a court order that documents be unsealed regarding the ill-fated partnership between Apple and sapphire crystal glass maker GT Advanced, a number of interesting anecdotes surrounding the tumultuous relationship have been exposed. In an unedited affidavit, GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller …

6 CEOs with terrible reputations

Being the top dog of any corporation is a big job. Employees turn to their CEO for direction, while board members and shareholders watch their every …

London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

The unanswered questions in Tesco’s accounting scandal

Tesco wants to draw a line under accounting scandal, but questions remain about size of the blackhole and what was behind it<p>Despite the best efforts of Dave Lewis, the accounting scandal facing Tesco will not go away. Two weeks ago Lewis, the chief executive, pledged to draw a line under the crisis …

Banking (UK)

This Man's Betting On The Technology Behind Apple Pay - And Even He Says It's Years Away From Wide Adoption

When Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled Apple Pay in September, he predicted that it would “forever change the way all of us buy things.” As I wrote in a recent post, while he ultimately might be proven right, Apple’s mobile wallet is likely to take years to catch on widely.<p>Although that assessment is …

Abercrombie & Fitch still isn’t in fashion with today’s teens

Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) is still struggling to get back in style with today’s teens, as the retailer reported sales for the fiscal third-quarter …

Ford makes some big changes in the C-suite

Its been a tough fall for Ford Motor Company (F), and the auto manufacturer is making some changes at the top.<p>Jim Farley, currently the company’s …

Mark Zuckerberg's AMA: Messaging app, his favorite unreleased features and Social Network movie

<i>Update</i>: You can now watch the full video from Mark Zuckerberg’s Q&A yesterday below.<p>Today Facebook hosted a video AMA of CEO Mark Zuckerberg. A week ago, Facebook asked users to drop questions for the CEO. Today, some of them got their answers.<p>Facebook has had weekly Q&As for employees for years. …

Toy Story 4: the franchise by numbers

Find out the surprising facts and figures behind the Toy Story films as Disney/Pixar announce a fourth installment will be released in 2017<p>It is already one of the highest grossing movie fanchises in history, but <b>Toy Story</b> is set to continue breaking records with the announcement of a <b>fourth film to</b> …

Regular investing: whether you have £10 or £500 there’s a place for you

Start small in a regular savings account or stock market fund and little by little you can build a tidy lump sum<p>Setting aside a sum every month is the most painless way to save for the future. And when it comes to stock market investing, a regular savings plan can help smooth out the highs and lows …

'Game of Thrones' Showrunner Explains Bran's Season Five Absence

'Last year we caught up to the end of Bran’s storyline," says David Benioff. "So if we pushed him forward this season, then he’s way ahead of where …