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WPP cheered the City yesterday as its half-year profits surged almost 20 per cent to £429m and the advertising giant promised to keep raising the dividend.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Benign outlook of Sir Martin's crystal ball

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Hamish McRae: Consumers can earn their way out of trouble but public debt is the problem

It is time to stand back a bit, isn't it? The past few days have seen the rumbling concerns about a US recession leading to a more severe global slowdown than was expected and these worries have spooked global equity markets. In fact nothing much new has happened in the past few weeks; what has changed is perception rather than substance. Still, changes in perception matter and it is reasonable to ask how this shift in the global outlook will affect the UK.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Rates dilemma should be settled by a cut

Big, bad banks turn screw on customers; Rock shareholders gamble over vote

Outlook: Rentokil Initial

IT IS hard to know whether Doug Flynn is a good, bad or indifferent appointment as Rentokil Initial's new chief executive. Brian McGowan, the chairman, has all too obviously been struggling to fill the post - it is now six months since he sacked Mr Flynn's predecessor, James Wilde - but it would be unfair and wrong to regard Mr Flynn as a desperate, scraping the bottom of the barrel type of appointment.

Will showers rain on the advertising parade?

Sir Martin Sorrell, the sage of adland, must be obsessed with personal hygiene. Analysts were scratching their heads after the latest utterances from the chief executive of advertising group WPP. "We're definitely out of the bath - but watch out for the shower," he said last week about the outlook for the advertising market for 2005.

Ad boss keeps his job and earns $30m 'compensation'

The boss of the American advertising group which was taken over last week by Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP will receive almost $30m (£18m) "compensation" for keeping his job.

WPP tries to calm City over fears of ITV-style bonanza for Sorrell

WPP is set to run into more trouble this week after it emerged that the new pay scheme could give chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell a windfall of up to £44m if the giant advertising group were taken over.

Aegis pours cold water on upturn

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