TAKING STOCK

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The Independent Online
Weeks, an environmental and engineering consultant, made a lively debut, countering stories the AIM market has run out of steam. Placed at 5p by stockbroker Ellis & Partners the shares, in often busy trading, ended at 7p. The company, founded by Dr Alan Weeks 24 years ago, intends to use its market muscle for acquisitions. It made profits of pounds 728,000 last year and should nudge pounds 1m this year.

St David's Investment Trust, a split-capital fund managed by ex-Slater Walker man Brian Bank's Guildhall Investment Management, is thinking of a restructuring and extended life. The trust is due to die in two years. A new company is likely to be formed to bid for St David's three classes of share. The trust has performed well since it was created.

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