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Alliance Boots has posted robust full-year trading profits and sales, as customers seek comfort with its anti-ageing cream during the recession, but the health and beauty giant revealed deep job cuts at its wholesale pharmaceutical division.

Boots Opticians to merge with Dollond & Aitchison

Boots Opticians is to merge with Dollond & Aitchison, the high street retail chain said today.

UK's biggest companies face late-payments code

Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, will apply pressure to the heads of some of Britain's biggest companies tomorrow to get them to speed up payments to small businesses.

Jeremy Warner: Lack of demand, not credit, is the problem now

Outlook: An economic contraction caused by too much credit is unlikely to be cured by providing even more of the stuff

Rudd named as the next chairman of Invensys

The City grandee Sir Nigel Rudd is to add the chairmanship of Invensys to a curriculum vitae that already includes board positions at two other FTSE 100 companies.

Buyouts plunge by 82% in wake of crunch

Private equity deals have continued to dry up in the wake of the credit crunch, with the value of buyouts worldwide tumbling to a four-year low during the last quarter.

Boots sets eye on emerging markets

The health and beauty specialist Alliance Boots is to target the world's largest emerging markets after revealing soaring profits for the year in which it was taken private in an £11.1bn private equity deal.

No 10 urged to tackle moonlighting MPs

"Moonlighting" by MPs must end, Gordon Brown is being urged, in a drive to clean up British politics.

Foreign predators snap up record£81bn of British firms

The value of UK companies falling into foreign hands hit record levels last year, according to Government numbers, marking the country's fourth consecutive year as a net seller of companies.

Private equity faces years in doldrums, says Moulton

Jon Moulton, founder of Alchemy Partners, yesterday warned the private equity industry to prepare for the collapse of further deals this year, before turning his anger on the "enemies" outside and inside the buyout industry.

Private equity trade body in '£140bn' charm offensive

Private equity-backed companies have contributed £140bn in tax to the UK economy over the past five years, according to a new study commissioned by the industry trade body as part of its charm offensive to bring greater transparency to the market.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Hands seems to be getting it right at EMI

Rocky horror show for the Government

Boots to get green light on £7bn Alliance deal

The City threw up its hands in horror, but now thinks the chemistry is right for a merger

John Curtice: Time is ripe for Kennedy to get party bandwagon rolling

Twenty years ago the SDP/Liberal Alliance tried to "break the mould of British politics". They failed. But their successors, the Liberal Democrats, have now at least managed to break the mould of British by-elections.

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