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ENERGIS, the UK's largest carrier of Internet traffic and telecoms supplier to Dixons' Freeserve, announced yesterday it had agreed to acquire the entire share capital of Zurich-based group Unisource Carrier Services (UCS) for pounds 60m in cash. The acquisition, Energis's first outside the UK, will be funded from the proceeds of a pounds 250m high-yield bond issued by the company in May.

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Outlook: Freeserve's new investment dawn

IS THIS about Britain at last entering the twenty first century, or rather a question of the Internet bubble finally and dangerously intruding on our British shores? Whichever view you take of Freeserve's sensational stock market debut yesterday, there's no doubt that something fundamental has happened with its coming.

Freeserve nearly 30-times subscribed

THE FLOTATION of Freeserve, Dixons' free Internet service provider, has been nearly 30-times subscribed, it transpired yesterday, making it one of the most sought-after initial public offerings ever on the London stock market. All cheques relating to the offer are being cashed and refunds will not be paid until next week.

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Freeserve plays it safe with pounds 1.4bn price tag

AROUND 100,000 Freeserve subscribers - roughly 8 per cent of the 1.3 million regular users - have registered for shares in the Dixons' free Internet service provider which comes to the stock market in a fortnight's time.

COMPANY OF THE WEEK: Dixons Group

DIXONS Group, the UK's largest appliances retailer, indicated that second-half profits rose 21 per cent as price cuts helped to lure shoppers and consumer confidence strengthened at the end of its fiscal year.

Judge allows TV show's secret filming was legal

A HIGH COURT judge has quashed a controversial decision by the Broadcasting Standards Commission that the BBC's Watchdog programme invaded the privacy of the retailer Dixons when it filmed sales transactions secretly in the chain's stores.

The Investment Column: Dixons may be overrated

EVEN BEFORE the market fell in love with Freeserve, the free Internet service provider launched in the autumn, shares in its owner, Dixons, were tipping up.

Dixons weighs up European expansion

DIXONS IS considering spending the proceeds of the flotation of Freeserve, the market-leading free Internet service provider it set up last September, on establishing retail operations on the Continent. It also expects to create 3,000 jobs in the UK this year by opening more than 100 new stores.

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ON THE UP: Dixons Group

DIXONS said it will sell as much as 18 per cent of Freeserve, Britain's first free internet provider, to capitalise on investor enthusiasm for web companies in the biggest offering of an internet stock in Europe. The news sent the shares up 11 per cent - they have tripled since Freeserve was launched last September.

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Outlook: Clueless search for Freeserve value

WHEN ASKED a few months back what he thought Freeserve was worth, John Clare, chief executive of Dixons, said he hadn't got a clue. That hasn't stopped the stock market pricing a value of some pounds 1.3bn to pounds 2bn into the Dixons' share price for this fledgling Internet service provider. City sponsors of Freeserve's forthcoming IPO are confident they can make these values stick, and privately they talk of pounds 1.5bn and upwards.
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