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Conditions have been hard, but a third place end is in sight for Alex Thomson in the Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race

Alex Thomson finishing Vendée Globe in cautious mode

Foot off the pedal and doing everything to protect his third place over the last 500 miles, Alex Thomson was sounding happier as he added “I don’t care where I finish (in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race) just as long as I finish.”

French skipper Francois Gabart celebrates after winning the 7th edition of the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race

François Gabart smashes Vendée record as Thomson heads for podium

The Vendée Globe record for sailing solo round the world has been well and truly smashed by François Gabart, crossing the finishing line today to become the youngest ever winner in a time of 78 days, 2hrs 16mins 40secs.

Third place in Vendee Globe likely for British solo sailor Alex Thomson

British solo sailor Alex Thomson has third place in the Vendée Globe round the world race in his grasp as the man ahead of him, Jean-Pierre Dick lost his keel overnight as is limping to safety in the Azores.

Alex Thomson on record-breaking Vendée Globe course

British solo sailor Alex Thomson has set a new national record for sailing from the equator and back to the equator of 68d 14hr 53min. That is nearly three weeks quicker than the old record set by Mike Golding.

Thomson eyes third place in Vendée Globe race

In a determined push up the Atlantic, Britain’s Alex Thomson is poised to take over third place in the Vendée Globe round the world race for singlehanders.

Alex Thomson involved in collision during Vendée Globe round the world race

A collision which could have knocked Britain’s Alex Thomson out of the Vendée Globe round the world race has also affected his ability to communicate with his team base as he continues to make fast progress deep south in the Indian Ocean.

Kito de Pavant has retired from the Vendée Globe after colliding with a trawler

De Pavant retires from Vendée Globe after colliding with trawler

Kito de Pavant became the second to retire from the Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race in the opening 48 hours after colliding with a fishing trawler 45 miles off the coast of Portugal. It was the second time he has been forced to withdraw from a race notorious for the rate of attrition.

SVG Capital is dented by Boss

A sharp fall in Hugo Boss's share price saw SVG Capital, the quoted proxy for giant private-equity group Permira, go into reverse in the third quarter.

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Manchester City have confirmed global clothing giant Hugo Boss are to become their fashion and clothing partner.

Hugo Boss sales slowing in Asia

Hugo Boss, owned by Britain's Permira private equity firm, has reported a slowdown in sales growth in Asia.

Hugo Boss surge lifts SVG buyback

SVG, the quoted proxy for the mighty Permira private-equity funds, saw its shares leap more than 8 per cent yesterday, after the firm said its first £50m tender to buy back some of its shares is to be priced at around 315p.

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