Battlefront dies on Grand National meeting day one

Grand National meeting suffers first fatality on day one after Battlefront collapses following Fox Hunters' Chase By Charlie Skillen PUBLISHED: 16:05 GMT, 4 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:58 GMT, 4 April 2013 The Grand National meeting at Aintree suffered its first fatality on day one this afternoon as Battlefront collapsed and died after the 3.40 John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase. The horse, ridden by Katie Walsh, was pulled up at the 11th fence of the 2m 5f chase, which was won by 100/1 long shot Tartan Snow

United Nations of Bargain Hunters: Britons find themselves at the back of the queue as China and Middle East lead rush for designer brands

United Nations of Bargain Hunters: Britons find themselves at the back of the queue as China and Middle East lead rush for designer brands | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 26 December 2012 Like every sensible sales shopper, Ghada Alhajji set herself a spending limit yesterday.

On Christmas Day spend time at church, spend time with family… and spend a little time shopping online, says Church of England

On Christmas Day spend time at church, spend time with family… and spend a little time shopping online, says Church of EnglandChurch spokesman says online shopping is OK, as long as you spend time with your family and at churchChristmas Day 'is not about self-denial'Online spending set to spike today as sales start early | UPDATED: 00:37 GMT, 25 December 2012 The Church of England has urged people not to feel bad about shopping online on Christmas Day, despite concerns about the increased commercialisation of Christmas

Christmas shopping: High Street pins hopes on biggest festive bonanza since credit crunch as shoppers spend 2BILLION over the weekend

High Street pins hopes on biggest Christmas bonanza since credit crunch as shoppers spend 2BILLION over the weekend Almost a quarter of a million head to Bluewater in KentExtra trading weekend coming up has raised hopes of record sales Retailers offer discounts of up to 50% nine days before ChristmasSavvy shoppers ditching brand loyalty in hunt for bargainsSupermarket price hikes mean an expensive Christmas dinnerNearly 12.75m British men still haven't started their present buyingFirst time December has four retail weekends before Christmas since 2007London's West End saw 200m spent during bumper weekend | UPDATED: 18:09 GMT, 17 December 2012 Christmas shoppers spent up to 2billion on Saturday and Sunday in a crucial two days for present buying – with the upcoming extra December trading weekend promising record sales. London's Oxford Street was jam-packed with people while almost a quarter of a million headed to Bluewater in Kent and the Bullring Centre in Birmingham had a million visitors in a week

Get set for mega Monday: Online Christmas shoppers in UK set to spend 222,222 a MINUTE over 24 hours

10,000 spent every second! Christmas bargain hunters are expected to splash out 465million today – biggest online shopping spree in history Shoppers could spend nearly half a billion pounds throughout the day78 transactions will be made every secondOnline shopping this month could top 5bn | UPDATED: 22:56 GMT, 2 December 2012 Christmas shoppers will spend an astonishing 10,000 a second online today. On the day dubbed ‘Mega Monday’, they will make 115million visits to web stores – up by more than a third on last year – and spend as much as 465million.

Another 125 Comet stores to close as 5,000 staff face redundancy just a week before Christmas

Another 125 Comet stores to close as 5,000 staff face redundancy just a week before ChristmasThe remaining 70 stores will stay open until all remaining stock is soldAdministrators also plan to close the company's distribution centre in Harlow, Essex, this Friday | UPDATED: 11:39 GMT, 28 November 2012 Up to 5,000 staff at electricals chain Comet could be out of a job just a week before Christmas after administrators today announced a further 125 stores will close. Administrators Deloitte said it would only keep the remaining 70 stores open until all remaining stock is sold. Around 5,000 employees work across the 195 Comet stores, with more than 3,000 jobs expected to be affected by today's decision