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Bottom Line: Electron fired up

THE DECISION by Electron House, a distributor of electronic components, to move out of high- volume/low-margin activities is clearly paying off - if yesterday's news of an underlying 89 per cent improvement in interim pre-tax profits to pounds 1.6m is anything to go by.

Bottom Line: Conversion for JM

THANK goodness for diversity. With the European car industry stalling, Johnson Matthey, one of the world's top three makers of catalytic converters, was rescued in the first half by the booming demand for American semi-conductors.

Independent/Sharp School Team Quiz: Electronic equipment to be won

HERE is the second set of questions which offer you and your school the chance to prove that you have the knowledge and invention to grapple with fiendishly tricky questions and win an array of Sharp electronic equipment.

Semi-conductors strength boosts Diploma: Profits increase by 53% after electronics recovery triggers surge in demand

CONTINUING strong demand for semi-conductors helped Diploma, the electronics, building products and special steels group, to increase pre-tax profits by 53 per cent in the year to September.

Philips' income slips in first quarter: No sign of improvement in Europe, says electronics giant in throes of rationalisation

CONTINUING recession in many of its main markets has caused a sharp fall in Philips' net income to 103m guilders ( pounds 37.1m) in the first quarter from 163m guilders a year ago.

Intel rival to sell 'clone' 486 chips: Market leader faces competition from its own design after court verdict

INTEL, the Silicon Valley firm that dominates the market for semiconductors in personal computers, is suddenly facing competition for its 486 computer chips.

Faith moves Everest to lift interim on poor half

EVEREST FOODS demonstrated confidence in future profits yesterday by lifting the interim dividend in the face of falling sales and a collapse in earnings, writes Patrick Hosking.

Acorn shares jump on confirmation of talks

SHARES in Acorn, the computer maker, jumped 19p to 146p yesterday as Sam Wauchope, the managing director, confirmed talks with large Japanese electronics companies. Yesterday's rise means that Acorn's shares have doubled in value since last Thursday.

Science Update: Big bytes

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS and Hitachi are to work together on developing the next generation of memory chips for computers.

Johnson Matthey to buy titanium supplier Alta

JOHNSON MATTHEY, the precious metals company, has agreed to buy Alta Group of the United Staes, the world's leading supplier of high-purity titanium. The price was not announced, but is believed to be about pounds 10m, writes David Bowen.

Chip pressure

THE US administration should keep pressing Japan to buy more US computer chips, according to a study by the government's National Research Council. 'As long as US firms encounter impediments, appropriate pressure should be continued,' the council's committee on Japan said in the 118- page study.
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