Shares: Taking Stock

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Disposal rumours lifted Sketchley. The shares rose 6p to 46p with 7 million of them traded. The group has said it intends to sell its SupaSnape and Sketchley dry cleaning chains to concentrate on business services. A spokesman refused to say whether talks are under way.

South Country Homes, a residential property minnow, jumped 13.5p to 48.5p. One story is that Sandy Anderson, the former Porterbrook leasing group chief, has built a 27 per cent stake. Whether Richard Grogan still has 28 per cent is unclear.

Stephen Dean, chairman of Dean Corporation, is thought to have lifted his interest in the building services and maintenance group to 36.44 per cent, buying 680,000 shares at 10p; market price is 12p.

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