City File: Body Shop International

SHARES in Body Shop International - at 169p - are starting to look attractive now that they no longer trade on the ludicrous multiples of the past. Anita and Gordon Roddick, fresh from their libel case victory against Channel 4, have also sent US investigative journalists packing. ABC News last week abandoned its plans for a programme into the potions franchise.

Shareholders remain jittery, worried about me-too products from Boots and others in the UK. But interim figures this week should be calming. Body Shop is likely to beat the pounds 9m before tax pencilled in by most analysts. There should be good news on borrowings, too.