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Dixons to float pounds 300m tranche of Freeserve

THE APPETITE of British investors for Internet shares will be put to the acid test next month when Freeserve, the country's largest Internet service provider (ISP), is floated by Dixons in an estimated pounds 1.5bn initial public offering.

Freeserve to sell float shares online

THE 1.25M subscribers to Freeserve, Dixons' Internet service provider, will be able to register online for the shares when it is floated within the next few weeks. It is thought to be the first time that subscribers have been able to register for a flotation issue on the Internet in Britain.

Freeserve may offer special share deal

FREESERVE, the free Internet service provider being demerged by Dixons, is considering special share deals for subscribers if it includes a retail offer as part of its pounds 1.5bn-pounds 2.5bn float.

Personal Finance: Will the Net `bubble' last?

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Host of copycats clouds Dixons' Freeserve float

News Analysis: The free Internet service could be worth anything from pounds 500m to pounds 2bn. The range hints at the uncertainties facing the fast- changing online sector

Market Report: Dixons charges market with Net service float talk

DIXONS ELECTRIFIED a sleepy market yesterday as dealers speculated on an imminent flotation of its Internet service.

Dixons invests pounds 9m in online trader

FREESERVE, THE free Internet service provider owned by the retailer Dixons, yesterday advanced its plans to launch online trading this summer by lifting its stake in the US firm GlobalNet Inc.

Dixons tipped to gatecrash pounds 92m Action offer

COMPUTER RETAILER Dixons was yesterday tipped as a possible counterbidder for Action Computer Supplies, the UK's leading IT distributor, after Action recommended an all-paper offer worth pounds 92m from Arizona-based computer company Insight Enterprises.

Outlook: Internet loss

EVERY MAN and his dog seems to be launching a "free" Internet service provider these days. The latest offering comes from Mirror Group, which plans to put pounds 1m of advertising behind, as well as promoting the service through its flag ship title, the Mirror.

WH Smith optimistic despite profits fall

WH SMITH yesterday reported a fall in first-half profits but cushioned the blow with upbeat comments about prospects for the core high street brand and its fledgling Internet service.

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Dixons sues AOL over internet arm

World's largest service provider faces paying damages over slanderous claims by CompuServe

Dixons shares soar on plan to cash in on Internet boom

DIXONS, the electronics retailer, is preparing to cash in on the soaring value of Internet stocks by floating off a part of Freeserve, its popular free Internet service which is valued at up to pounds 4bn by analysts.

Outlook: What to do with Sir Stanley's Net gem

SIR STANLEY KALMS and his chief executive at Dixons, John Clare, claim always to have anticipated that their pioneering new service in Internet access provision, Freeserve, would take the UK market by storm. However, neither of them could have foreseen the effect on their share price, which has more than doubled since the service was launched last September.

Dixons likely to tighten its grip

THE SHAKE-OUT in the electrical retail sector is set to continue, according to a new report published today, with large players such as Dixons likely to tighten their grip on the market.
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