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o Wakebourne, the computer group, has a sorry history of disappointing performances. This year the shares have been as high as 35p; they are now at a 14p low. But the dark days could be coming to an end. ABN Amro Hoare Govett is cautiously optimistic, forecasting profits of pounds 200,000 this year and pounds 500,000 next. To underline the more confident outlook, director share buying has taken place. But Wakebourne has an atrocious record to overcome. It has attracted two bursts of enthusiasm in the past and its shares touched 351p in 1992.

o While quoted companies stampede into football clubs, little Romulus, traded on Ofex, has chosen ice hockey as its sporting interest. The car distributor has taken a stake in Telford Tigers. Its shares are 78p.

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