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REGENT INNS' sobering slide was arrested, with the shares regaining 19p to 176.5p. They were 316.5p before Monday's profit warning.

Buying by the pub chain's new finance director, Paul Huberman, and property director, John Shimmen, helped sentiment.

Mr Huberman acquired 117,500 shares at 168p and Mr Shimmen 7,972 at the same price.

ISA INTERNATIONAL, where David Heap has acquired 14.86 per cent, rose 6p to 51.5p as nine directors bought 996,000 shares, mostly at 45.25p.

THE SHARE merrry-go-round at Superframe, the shop fittings maker, continues.

Everett Financial, which emerged as a 6.86 per cent shareholder on Wednesday, has cut its stake to 3.16 per cent; a John Gilbert has sold 1 million shares.

Dean Corporation remains with 29.45 per cent. The shares are 22p.

SEAQ VOLUME: 1.08 billion


GILT INDEX: 105.10 -0.15