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SHARES IN Seton Scholl Healthcare jumped 8 per cent yesterday when the footcare-to-hangover-cures group confirmed it was in merger talks with London International Group (LIG), which makes Durex condoms and rubber gloves. Shares closed up 60p at 827p, valuing Seton Scholl at pounds 873.8m.

New drivers should wear bobble hats

A WEEK after he passed his driving test, my 18-year-old son drove through a red light, hit a taxi and did pounds 7,000-worth of damage to our new car. The fact that at the moment of impact he was simultaneously lighting a cigarette, talking to his girlfriend on his mobile and trying to find a particularly good track on his new Puff Daddy CD may have affected his concentration. The cab driver seemed to think so. I'm all for driving tests being modernised and made longer, harder and more technical, but if you think this will make young men safer drivers, you're wrong.

Leak threat to LIG and Scholl merger

A PLANNED pounds 1.4bn merger between Seton Scholl and London International Group, makers of Durex condoms, to create a global healthcare business, was in danger of collapsing yesterday after news of the negotiations leaked.

Fashion: Cut out and keep

Would you pay pounds 480 for a piece of cloth? Well, it is by Issey Miyake, and you can make a complete wardrobe from it. There's a dress, a bag, a pair of knickers ... even a pointy hat. Susannah Frankel follows the dotted lines. Photographs by Sandro Sodano. Styling by Sophia Neophitou

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Mystery approach boosts LIG shares by 27%

LONDON INTERNATIONAL Group, the world's largest maker of condoms, yesterday revealed it had received an unsolicited bid approach from an unnamed company, prompting a 27 per cent jump in its share price.

The Joys of Modern Life: 27. Zappers

COULD IT be that things were so much more complicated then? Did we really pull ourselves clean out of our chairs, walk over to the TV set and - risking all kinds of cardiovascular complications - manually press a button to change the channel? I can practically hear the mocking, tinny laughter of the Smash robots echoing up from TV Hell.

The evidence: The personal trainer's fitness kit

Liston Denys is a personal trainer and currently has 23 clients whom he visits two to three times a week.

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Earnings slump knocks LIG shares

SHARES IN London International Group, makers of Durex condoms and Marigold gloves, slumped yesterday as the company announced a fall in first-half earnings and issued a profits warning.
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