Bill Wyman, the bass guitarist of the Rolling Stones, has announced his retirement from the group, which was signed by Virgin for a reputed pounds 50m last year. While he is being replaced, all the band members are a bit old for rock 'n' roll, and the Stones might not now be worth Virgin's investment. Thorn shares fell by 3p to 860p on Friday.
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CRITICS of Thorn EMI's pounds 560m purchase of Virgin Music Group have found another strand to the argument that Sir Colin Southgate's group paid too much for the business.