Capita has won a five-year, £145 million deal to run the congestion charge, which it helped set up in London 11 years ago.

IBM to launch new range to revive ailing PC operation

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Machines, the leading computer maker, will unveil business personal computers with new designs and a new brand in the first half of 2000 to try to revive its money-losing PC unit.

The Investment Column: BATM

SHARES in BATM Advanced Communications - reputedly a stock discovered by Friends Ivory's smaller companies team - have grown in value nearly 20 times this year. The risk of taking profits now is that this may be just the beginning.

What makes a design classic?

IT TAKES time to become a classic. If there's one definition of this abused term, it's about resisting the inevitable ebb and flow of taste and fashion. Classics can't be invented, they evolve. They have to win approval and slowly acquire value.

IBM under investigation by Revenue

IBM, THE American computer giant, yesterday confirmed that it was under investigation by the Inland Revenue in the UK.

Microsoft beats forecast with 62% earnings rise

MICROSOFT, THE world's biggest software maker, expects first-quarter revenue to grow 20 per cent from the same period a year earlier, chief financial officer Greg Maffei said last night. Microsoft expects fiscal 2000 revenue growth to be in the "high teens," Maffei said on a conference call with analysts and investors after earnings results were released. He added that Japan would not be as strong in fiscal 2000.

Tennis: Power servers not a new phenomenon

MEN'S TENNIS at Wimbledon is no more dominated by big servers than it was 20 years ago. That is the claim of researchers who have carried out a study of results and match characteristics of the Championships since the Second World War.

Danka shares tumble by 32%

SHARES IN Danka, one of the world's largest photocopier companies, yesterday dropped 32 per cent, or 36.5p, to 79p after Schroder Ventures pulled out of an agreement to buy its outsourcing division, Danka Services International (DSI).

Me And My Partner: William Sieghart And Neil Mendoza

William Sieghart and Neil Mendoza became friends at Oxford in 1980 while putting on student plays, and 10 years later set up Future Publishing. They now have 150 employees and a pounds 25m turnover, producing in-house corporate magazines

Sage leaps on IBM Net tie-up

SHARES IN Sage, the accountancy software group, leapt 10 per cent yesterday when the company announced a partnership with IBM designed to lure its two million small business customers on to the Internet.

NEW YORK MARKET: Analysts duel over falling IBM stocks

MORGAN Stanley Dean Witter told investors IBM's stock could disappoint them. Merrill Lynch defended Big Blue, saying it's still a good buy. Morgan Stanley won Friday's battle of dueling analysts. IBM, slid 5 per cent to 168 9/16 after Morgan Stanley said the company's revenue from mainframe computers won't meet expectations because of price cuts.

People and Business: What a racket

"SUCCESSFUL RACKETEERS and marketeers have more in common than we think," says Roger Gaspar, the deputy director general of the National Criminal Intelligence Service.

Wall Street applauds $16bn deal between Dell and IBM

DRAWING APPLAUSE from Wall Street, International Business Machines (IBM) revealed yesterday that it had reached an agreement with Dell Computer to supply it with equipment and components. The deal should be worth $16bn (pounds 10bn) over seven years, making it the largest-ever struck in the information technology sector.

The restoration game

Michelangelo's damaged masterpiece can at last be viewed in its entirety.

Rugby Union: England head rankings

PUNTERS, PLAYERS and coaches can reap some benefit from a revolutionary ratings system which has predicted Five Nations glory for England. But, if the Welsh team are looking for a confidence boost before their clash with Ireland at Wembley today, they should avoid casting a glance over the IBM World Rankings.

Surprise profit warning sends MDIS skidding

MDIS - the former McDonnell Information Systems - threatened yesterday to return to its former accident-prone form after a surprise profits warning sent its shares skidding 12 per cent before they recovered to close 3.5p lower at 42p.
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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn