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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.

Imperial feels the pinch from tobacco price war in Spain

The cigarette giant Imperial Tobacco said the price war and the smoking ban in Spain hit its performance over the past nine months, but said the impact on full-year profits would not be as bad as previously expected.

Market Report: Bid chatter and recovery hopes help De La Rue

Its rise up the mid-tier index meant De La Rue's investors were in the money last night, as City scribblers talked up both the banknote printer's takeover potential and the chances of it executing a successful turnaround.

Market Report: Aegis falls as break-up potential takes a knock

Investors hoping that the sale of its market-research arm will prompt a full break-up of Aegis received a blow yesterday, as the advertising group followed the wider market down.

Entrepreneurs expect improved profitability

Britain's entrepreneurs remain optimistic even as evidence of a slowdown mounts, a survey reveals.

Investment Column: Results highlight Chemring's strengths

Safestore; Go-Ahead

Market Report: Analysts say Betfair should gamble on tie-up

The possibility of Betfair entering into a merger with its small-cap peer Sportingbet was being mulled over yesterday, as City scribblers argued a tie-up between the two gambling groups would result in a sure-fire winner for investors.

Business diary: Bank told to stay out of lion's den

These are scary times for the staff of Morgan Stanley – at least those based in the head office of the bank in Greenwich, Connecticut. They've all received an email from the bank warning them that a wild animal is on the prowl outside – a mountain lion, no less. The bank naturally wants to pass on the advice of law enforcement officials following "possible sightings" of the beast. They warn: "Anyone that sees this animal should not approach it and immediately call the local police". Wise words.

Pour Moi can gain final verdict after Fallon's court-room tribulations

There are only two places, so they say, where all men are equal: on the Turf, and six feet under it.

Murtagh leads rivals merry dance on Rain for Oaks triumph

To his victim, it must have felt as though Johnny Murtagh had trailed the nightmares that would stalk him through the hot, brief night ahead.

Exclusive: Owner launches legal bid to stop Fallon riding in Derby

High Court judgment this morning will determine whether champion jockey takes part

Carlton drifts after injury scare

It was almost as though he wanted to prove that any and all ranks of society can discover a common derangement in their fascination for racehorses. Carlton House, hot favourite to give the Queen her first success in the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday, was yesterday subject of the type of 11th-hour scare that seems de rigueur in this sort of situation. There remains every prospect that he will take his chance – and show his form – but he has certainly emphasised that even a monarch must accept the frailties latent in the breed's own majesty.

Fallon dumps Khan for Derby ride on Ballydoyle's Recital

Epsom week got off to a pretty sensational start yesterday when Kieren Fallon discarded one of the leading fancies for the Investec Derby in order to rebuild bridges with his former employers at Ballydoyle. Nor were his incentives for breaking a commitment to Native Khan confined to Recital, one of four runners for the Co Tipperary stable on Saturday. Fallon has also been booked for Wonder Of Wonders, who has outstanding prospects in the Investec Oaks the previous afternoon.

'Sleepy' Workforce awakens to lay down a marker on comeback

While his juniors remain confined to talking the talk, for another eight days at least, the colt who actually holds the Investec Derby trophy last night showed them the way to walk the walk. Dropped in trip for his reappearance, and carrying a 7lb penalty, Workforce would have been readily pardoned defeat in the Piper Heidsieck Brigadier Gerard Stakes. But he combined all the diligence suggested by his name, and all the class transparent in his record, to lay down a most persuasive marker at Sandown for the months ahead.

Workforce returns to a hard task

So many people seem to have decided that Carlton House only has to turn up to win the Investec Derby – and a meteoric piece of work yesterday did little to discourage them – that it seems proper for them to be reminded that for the moment he remains behind another colt in his own stable. The reappearance of Workforce at Sandown this evening should perhaps be treated as a timely corrective to the hype. For there appears to be every chance you will be offered roughly the same sort of price against Workforce to beat Group Three rivals for the Piper Heidsieck Brigadier Gerard Stakes as against Carlton House at Epsom on Saturday week. Yet Workforce not only won the Derby last year, he careered home by seven lengths, and then proceeded to add the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on only his fifth start.

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