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All those new business start-ups that the Government keeps promoting need new homes, and the likes of Regus have been providing them with just that.

Market Report: Ads downturn threatens 'overvalued' ITV

Shares in ITV closed down 5.51 per cent, or 1.75p, at 30p last night after a leading broker questioned its valuation relative to other broadcasters.

Fry faces tough task at troubled Johnston Press

John Fry, who took over at the helm of troubled Johnston Press yesterday, has his work cut out for him as the company, one of the worst-performers on the London stock market last year, faces up to the challenge of a possibly prolonged recession.

FTSE 100 tumbles 31% in worst year on record

Banks take a pummelling, with HBOS slumping by more than 90 per cent

The Market in 2008: Year of turmoil brought City grandees low

With two and a half trading days to go before Christmas, this week, instead of looking ahead, we are peering over our shoulders to work out who fared the best and was left behind in the London market in 2008.

Market Report: Christmas cheer in short supply at M&S

Marks & Spencer led the blue-chip retailers lower last night amid concern the company might be left behind during the crucial Christmas selling period.

Market Report: L&G buoyed by backing on capital position

A vote of confidence in its capital position helped Legal & General buck the market trend and bank gains of more than 5 per cent last night.

Murdoch attacks newspaper doomsayers

Rupert Murdoch tore into the "doom and gloomers" predicting the demise of newspapers yesterday, backing the industry to hit new heights this century, but admitted this involved "moving beyond dead trees".

Johnston Press revenues hit by property ad plunge

The harsh reality facing media companies in the wake of the credit crunch was underlined yesterday by the regional newspaper group Johnston Press, which reported a 15 per cent plunge in advertising revenues.

The Week Ahead: Nervous market awaits call from Vodafone

There has been some nervousness in the market ahead of Vodafone's interim results, which are due tomorrow. The telecoms group's shares were sold early last week on rumours that it was guiding forecasts lower.

Market Report: Broker downgrade decimates Trinity

Bad broker comment bore on Trinity Mirror, the newspaper publisher, which closed down almost 10 per cent, or 11.25p, at 102.25p last night.

Small Talk: Former cricketer on sticky wicket over biofuel

Phil Edmonds, right, the former England spin bowler turned miner, is said to be annoyed about the press his businesses get for operating in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, because other, bigger, companies operate in the same region and don't get so much stick.

Johnston Press profits fall 16% after sharp drop in ad revenues

The woes of Johnston Press, the regional newspaper group, continued yesterday as it posted a 15.6 per cent fall in operating profits following a substantial fall in ad sales.

News groups' prognosis may not look good, but it's a boon for investors

Ever the bellwether of economic health, newspaper publishers across the globe are facing a grim combination of internal and external pressures as the squeeze on advertising spending exacerbates the upheavals caused by the internet.

Market Report: Cazenove note leaves Enterprise hungover

Enterprise Inns was the weakest on the FTSE 100 yesterday after Cazenove, worried by data from a subsidiary, downgraded the stock to "underperform" from "in-line".

The Week Ahead: Investors keen for news on Imperial’s suitors

Imperial Energy, the Russia-focused oil and gas explorer and producer, is due to report interim results this week and, with up to three predators on the prowl, investors are likely to look beyond the numbers for any news about progress in the race to acquire the company.

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