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Bulova are replacing Hublot, who erected a distinctive Tower in the Old Trafford car park

You don't need to be a computer scientist

From quiet Essex girl to Oracle's first female director, Jackie Stephens has already fulfilled her ambition to overachieve, writes

Men set to become scarcer commodity

Smart restaurateurs, fashion retailers and makers of nifty sports cars, can look forward to a surge, early in the next century, in the number of affluent working women.

A little of what you fancy does you good

Moderation in all things (booze included) should be the mantra of any stressed executive. Roger Trapp reports

Labour to check Swindon selection vote

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road test : Ford Scorpio TD estate

For all its outlandish looks up front, the rear half of Ford's Scorpio Estate is almost the same as the old model, give or take a few plastic mouldings. But the estate does share some of the mechanical refinements that have made today's Scorpio saloon so much more civilised than its predecessor, including more supple suspension and an engine sound more effectively banished from the cabin.

Board feuds revealed at Daimler-Benz

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After the euphoria, the Norma option

For John Major to call a leadership election was a grand, almost poetic, gesture. But it doesn't solve the problem; The mistake is to see the Prime Minister as clinging on to power

The exec sec is back!

"Creme 95", said the poster. A blonde in a lipstick red suit, photographed from somewhere below her simply sheer calves, invited passers- by to visit The Executive Secretary Show at Olympia. Exhibitors would include Executive Woman magazine. The daily seminar schedule would begin with Realising Your Potential and end with Managing an Office Team. Clothes designed by Ravens, a "premium fashion house", would be modelled in an "extravaganza of colour and style". How could I refuse?

Baroness who kept Hong Kong spirits up admits she will leave

1997/ leading figure quits

How does your car insurance measure up?

The table reflects one consultant's estimate of insurance premiums for selected types of motorist. It is not a ``best buy'' recommendation, but an indication of what the market will charge for different risks, so that individuals can assess their current policies. If yours seems out of line, Motor Advice could help. All quotes are for comprehensive cover.

They played safe and won

R O A D T E S T Nissan's Maxima QX offers what its predecessor didn't, says Roger Bell

Hide the strong and silent type

Ken Jones in Las Vegas considers the form for the WBO showdown

Leading Article: Speak for yourself, Bill

It ain't so much what he said as the way that he said it. Entering the Labour debate about Clause IV last Saturday, the transport union leader, Bill Morris, told the world that "we want a clear commitment to public ownership". So far he had "heard nothing, read nothing, seen nothing which could remotely meet our minimum requirements".

Missing woman 'seen walking'

Alison Routley, the legal executive who went missing more than a week ago, is believed to have been sighted dressed for walking soon after her car was found burnt out. Somerset police said she had taken walking boots, a rucksack and outdoor clothing when she disappeared more than a week ago.

Bloodstains found at lawyer's home

Police searching for a missing legal executive appealed for information yesterday after spots of blood and signs of a disturbance were discovered at her bungalow in Chapel Leigh, Somerset.
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