i Marina Pepper, activist

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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.

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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.

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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

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Media: Can Evans do a Star turn?

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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'

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Privacy loss

pandora's box

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

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Media: Ginger's Virgin vs the Capital city slickers

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