Taking Stock

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SR Gent, the hard-pressed clothing group, may have something to say today about its talks with Claremont Garments and Indonesia's Texmaco. The shares rose 3p to 59.5p.

Gent has been in talks since October. There have been suggestions of a 70p a share offer. Claremont and Gent are Marks & Spencer suppliers.

Eurotherm is bumping along at a year's low, off 3.5p to 508.5p. There are worries that the industrial controls groupmay soon be tempted to produce a profits warning.

Jardinerie Interiors, which supplies indoor plants to businesses, has won a pounds 150,000 order to create a jungle at the Ideal Home Exhibition. The shares, floated at 114p in October, are 140.5p.