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In the midst of London’s stock market IPO boom, one mid-tier technology group is about to bid auf Wiedersehen.

Investment Column: Reed and UBM are worth holding for now

The two publishers who updated the market yesterday generated varying degrees of excitement with their results. But is either Reed Elsevier or United Business Media (UBM) worth a punt in the longer term?

Ballydoyle Derby hope Recital only third in trial

Recital, one of Ballydoyle's leading Epsom contenders, lost his unbeaten record on his reappearance at Leopardstown yesterday. The Montjeu colt, fast-tracked from a maiden success to win a Group One in France last autumn, was only third as Banimpire proved herself a tough filly typical of those trained by Jim Bolger.

Alterian boss quits on profits slump

The chief executive of Alterian has left the marketing software group after it warned on profits yesterday. Analysts believe it is now more vulnerable to a takeover approach.

Rare cause for celebration in Japan after Victoire Pisa wins

Lucrative victory in the desert sparks emotional scenes after race for $10m prize ifts some of the worry following natural disasters

Walsh opts to take Midnight ride in National

Ruby Walsh, seeking his third win in the race, has chosen The Midnight Club from various possible mounts in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on April 9. The Midnight Club has been among the favourites since winning his rehearsal at Fairyhouse last month. His trainer, Willie Mullins, is especially relieved by Walsh's decision as Paul Townend, his regular understudy, is injured.

Grand Slam set back good for England claims New Zealand coach Graham Henry

New Zealand coach Graham Henry predicts England's failed Grand Slam attempt will make them a force at the World Cup.

Market Report: Amec surges as nuclear potential highlighted

Amec surged up the top-tier index yesterday after investors were told that nuclear energy still "remains an area of significant potential" for the engineer, despite the ongoing events in Japan.

The Week Ahead: Little cheer for retailers after bad winter and VAT

After extreme weather hit the festive period, it is no secret that – with the rise in VAT just one of its headaches – the retail sector has suffered a tough 2011, and Debenhams aren't expected to produce any positive surprises tomorrow.

Market Report: Fall helps Micro Focus' takeover credentials

Investors in Micro Focus were given some hope yesterday after its disastrous session on Tuesday, when it lost more than 25 per cent of its value, as they were told it was now more likely to be the target of a takeover attempt.

King plays down rate-rise rumours as number of jobless nears 2.5 million

The economy faces a "difficult period" of higher inflation and lower growth than previously expected, the Governor of the Bank of England cautioned yesterday.

Small Talk: New fund focuses on India's growing infrastructure sector

The other week, when we looked at Great Eastern Energy Corporation, we began by running over India's growth prospects. But besides driving energy needs, the expanding economy also calls for an overhaul of the subcontinent's infrastructure, which remains in a woeful state. Years of underinvestment have left a sorry legacy of, among other things, potholed highways – most of which are single-lane roads – and ancient airports that are bursting at the seams.

Courtney Lawes to miss entire Six Nations

England have suffered a major blow ahead of their RBS 6 Nations campaign with the news that Northampton forward Courtney Lawes will miss the entire championship.

HMV Christmas sales hit by severe weather

Music chain HMV delivered more dismal sales figures today after its peak trading season was "significantly undermined" by severe weather.

Week Ahead: Retail outlook provides challenge for Kingfisher

The DIY giant Kingfisher is clear in its ambition to become the global leader in the home improvement sector, and with the company – whose stores include B&Q in Britain and Brico Dépôt in Europe – recently speaking about lifting the tempo of its expansion, investors will be eager to hear more about its plans when it releases its third-quarter update on Thursday.

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