Despite the Christmas sales boom it has been a tough year for many companies. Our business correspondent Carole Green has been finding out how Welsh firms, both large and small, got on in 2012.
The last six months have seen the North Wales child abuse scandal back on the agenda, fatal fires in Prestatyn and Cwmbran, and London 2012.
Our reporter looks back at some of the famous Welsh names we lost this year.
Our North Wales Reporter tells of his experiences standing alongside dozens of families evacuated from their homes in St Asaph last month.