Unilever has announced plans to ditch PricewaterhouseCoopers after 27 years and is set to move its  £18 million a year audit to rival KPMG.

Test case for radio industry

Bridgeman tries to rescue ITV deal

Sage may spark bid war by trumping offer for Pegasus

A TAKEOVER battle was poised to erupt yesterday over Pegasus Group, the computer software company, after Sage, its larger rival, said it may scupper an agreed pounds 30m offer for Pegasus sealed on Tuesday.

Byers' pledge to take politics out of mergers returns to haunt him

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Gates seeks deal to keep Microsoft in one piece

BILL GATES is under strong pressure to broker a deal with the US government after a judge slammed his company as a monopolist which has abused its position to crush the competition.

Airtours bid `close to collapse'

THE CITY is expecting that Airtours' planned bid for rival First Choice will collapse today as the deadline arrives for the UK holiday company to present its revised proposals for the deal to the European Commission.

Right of Reply: The director of the Consumers' Association responds to a recent article in the Outlook section of the business pages which argued that regulation is the enemy of competition

IT IS simply not true that consumerism can be equated totally with deregulation; it is more a case of appropriate regulation allied to strong competition. Effective competition in markets can be assured only with clear laws. History teaches us that a totally laissez-faire deregulatory attitude leads to monopolies and the abuse of consumers.
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