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Ian Maxwell fails in court action

Bankruptcy proceedings are set to go ahead against Ian Maxwell after he failed yesterday in a bid to set aside the pounds 500,000 court judgment on which the petition is based.

The Court of Appeal dismissed Mr Maxwell's challenge to a High Court order last December ordering him to pay the money 'on account', pending a final assessment of his liability to pay damages for breach of his duty as a director of Bishopsgate Investment Management.

Boost for airline

British Midland, the UK's second-largest scheduled airline, has strengthened its European network by announcing it will start flights from Heathrow to Frankfurt with fares that undercut rival carriers by more than a quarter. The four-times-a-day service to Germany's financial capital will begin on 28 March.

Euro Disney loss

Euro Disney told the annual shareholders' meeting it expected a substantial loss for the financial year 1992/3 after losing Fr188m net in the year to 30 September. However, it predicted an improvement in the second half of this year.

Forte nets pounds 200m

A pounds 200m debenture issue by Forte, the hotel and catering group, will refinance other borrowings. The First Mortgage Debenture Stock, maturing in 2018, is underwritten by UBS Phillips & Drew and SG Warburg as joint lead-managers. The coupon has been set at 10 per cent with an issue price at 99.663 per cent.

dollars 4m for Dworkin

Storehouse, the BhS and Mothercare stores group, confirmed that David Dworkin, the outgoing chief executive, was paid a dollars 4m bonus at the end of last year. The board has also decided to allow him to exercise all 1,415,000 of his share options, yielding a profit of pounds 830,000 at the current share price. Storehouse also announced that Graham Rider, its finance director, would be acting managing director of BhS and that Ann Iverson, the Mothercare chief executive, is to join the main board.

EC clears Hoover The European Commission said it was unable to back suggestions by the French government that Hoover had broken EC laws in deciding to transfer jobs from Dijon to Scotland. Investigation of a complaint filed by Paris last week had shown no breach of EC rules on subsidies and workers' pensions.

Bristol homes in

Bristol & West Building Society has created a Business Expansion Scheme to buy its repossessed properties and rent them to the private sector. The pounds 45m scheme offers projected net returns of 10.9 per cent a year for higher rate taxpayers.

World Markets

New York: An upturn in retail sales and a fall in unemployment boosted the Dow Jones Industrial Average 10.27 points to 3,422.69 by the close.

Tokyo: Closed (holiday).

Hong Kong: The week's Hang Seng index gains passed 100 points with a 21.45 rise to 5,857.

Sydney: Better-than-expected Australian employment figures helped the All Ordinaries index to climb 14 points to 1,604.8.

Bombay: Profit-taking in trading reduced to one hour instead of the normal two lowered the index 26.29 to 2,785.83.

Johannesburg: With the gold upsurge continuing but industrials weak, the overall index firmed 10 points to 3,551.

Paris: Prices closed higher for the first time this week, aided by a slight strengthening of the franc. The CAC-40 index added 12.25 points to 1,905.57.

Frankfurt: In light, narrow-range trade the DAX index edged up 1.24 points to 1,651.05.

Milan: The MIB fell 1.82 per cent to close at 1,076.

London: Report, page 25.

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