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

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The anthropologist Desmond Morris made his name with pop-science bestsellers such as `The Naked Ape' and `People Watching'. But he is also an artist who finds colour copying a boon

AT&T forges $5bn link with IBM

AT&T, the US telecommunications giant, yesterday forged close links with IBM, the computer group, in a clutch of deals which will see thousands of staff move between the two companies, writes Peter Thal Larsen.

IBM weighs sale

IBM weighs sale

A-Z of Employers: IBM

Age: Over 40.

CWC and IBM sign pounds 1.8bn IT contract

CABLE & WIRELESS Communications yesterday linked up with IBM in a pounds 1.8bn 10-year deal which will see the computer giant take over 1,000 of the cable group's employees, writes Peter Thal Larsen.

Books: A space dog's view of human chaos

David Papineau is blasted into orbit with a debut novel of soaring ambition; Habitus by James Flint Fourth Estate, pounds 16.99/pounds 10.99, 480pp

Olympic Games: Major sponsor ends backing after 38 years

THE MULTI-NATIONAL corporation, IBM, is ending its 38-year relationship with the Olympic Games, deciding after months of negotiations not to sign an eight-year deal with the International Olympic Committee, the company announced yesterday.

The judgements of Scottish business are what matter

From his days in the shipyards of the Clyde, Gus Macdonald has shown his value

IBM goes for mini microchips

A NEW generation of even smaller, even faster microchips will soon be incorporated into consumer items after years of development by the computer giant IBM.

Goldman committee meets to decide on market float

PARTNERS OF Goldman Sachs were reported last night to have voted in favour of floating the 127-year-old investment bank at a marathon two- day meeting just outside New York at the weekend.

Where networking is child's play

You make your first friends in the schoolyard. Many women are now finding their first business contacts here, too. By Kathy Harvey

Palm print i.d. to replace passports

IMMIGRATION officers are to be replaced by machines at a major UK airport - probably Heathrow - in a trial of a computerised passport control system that identifies travellers by their palm prints.

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African Caribbean finance forum

The new rules of office sex

They tried to ban it, but why fight human nature? Cayte Williams reports on how business has come to terms with love at work

Outlook: Compaq is in expansive mood

Successful companies, like successful individuals, need to have goals and ambitions to sustain them. As a result, Compaq's chief executive, the unpronounceable Eckhard Pfeiffer, some years ago set himself the challenge of becoming the world's number three computer company by the turn of the century. Given that Compaq was at that time some way down the hierarchy, that always seemed a bit of a tall order. But that was reckoning without that wonderful tool now available to all right thinking chief executives - industry consolidation.
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