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Wednesday 27 July 2011
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.
Saturday 23 July 2011
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.
Tuesday 19 July 2011
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.
Monday 04 July 2011
Britain's entrepreneurs remain optimistic even as evidence of a slowdown mounts, a survey reveals.
Friday 24 June 2011
Tuesday 21 June 2011
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.
Monday 13 June 2011
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.
Saturday 04 June 2011
There are only two places, so they say, where all men are equal: on the Turf, and six feet under it.
Saturday 04 June 2011
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.
Friday 03 June 2011
Wednesday 01 June 2011
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.
Tuesday 31 May 2011
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.
Saturday 28 May 2011
Friday 27 May 2011
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.
Thursday 26 May 2011
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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