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MATTHEW FREUD, arguably the most powerful PR man in London and partner of Rupert Murdoch's daughter, Elisabeth, is to launch an online toy company to deliver "a complete toy experience" to internet-savvy kids and their present-buying relatives.

No Pain, No Gain: Our Man's Portfolio: Chew over a tasty chain

THE ONE and only no pain, no gain portfolio share traded on Ofex - the lightly-regulated "off exchange" market - is to disappear. Montana, a fledgling restaurant chain created by Kevin Finch, has fallen to a takeover bid from Hartford, an AIM-listed operation taking in the up-market Pharmacy eaterie in London's Notting Hill. It's an all-share deal which values Montana at around 340p a share, based on the price Hartford shares are being placed.

What if Geri won't sell?

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No Pain, No Gain Our Man's Portfolio: I see profit, so it's time we moved to a new Era

ERA, THE retail chain, is a splendid example of the stock market's walking wounded. In two horrendous years, the company lost pounds 24.5m and seemed destined for the corporate graveyard.

It's Notting Hill, but not as I know it

The hype has been with us ever since Julia flew in on Concorde last summer and the Portobello Road was carpeted with artificial snow. Richard Curtis rides again with not a sequel to, but a sort of reprise of, the nation's favourite romantic comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Finally, five years on from Curtis's low-budget triumph, we're within spitting distance of seeing Hugh Grant scoring with another chick from across the pond.

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Dome deal set to tame `Mail'

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US buyer scoops Abbott for pounds 346m

News Analysis: Advertising's drive to go global looks irresistible as another UK agency is taken over

Admen sell out and hit the jackpot

FOUR DIRECTORS of a British advertising firm wake up today worth a combined total of nearly pounds 20m after their company was bought up by a US group in a pounds 346m deal.

Comment: Bouquets of tannic acidity

`Serena,' I said, `I think this is terribly choir loft, don't you?' `No John,' she said. `It's fruit'

Fame, fortune and Freud

If celebrity is a commodity, then Matthew Freud's PR empire has cornered the market.

Privacy loss

pandora's box

Food: Damien and Co all set to serve a sensation a la carte

Are fashionable eating-places becoming just another branch of the entertainment industry? Celebrity - whether it's in the form of the chef or the clientele - can bring people flocking to a burger bar. Now, says Spencer Bright, the restaurants are moving up-market.

Media: Ginger's Virgin vs the Capital city slickers

Chris Evans's successful bid for Virgin Radio has left Capital Radio, which offered more money but lost out after lengthy negotiations, licking its wounds. Meg Carter looks at the challenges ahead for the deal's winners and losers.

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