News The eye of the storm: Speakes in the White House in 1982

An assassination attempt plunged Larry Speakes into the brightest of national spotlights as chief spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. When Reagan’s press secretary James Brady was severely wounded in the 1981 attempt on the president’s life, Speakes was thrust into the eye of the storm. As White House spokesman for six years, a long tenure in the sensitive post, he was credited with 2,000 news media briefings.

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Reckitt Benckiser shares dive on profits warning

RECKITT BENCKISER, the newly merged consumer products giant, yesterday issued a profits warning for its UK division, the former Reckitt & Colman, sending its shares sharply lower.

Anglian dividendploy rattles market

WATER SHARES took a soaking yesterday after Anglian Water unsettled the sector by unveiling plans to start paying dividends in redeemable shares rather than cash.

Freeserve set for loss in its maiden figures

FREESERVE WILL celebrate its maiden first-quarter figures today with a share price which opens at exactly the same level as when the company was floated in July. After its recent battering the share price added 15p yesterday to close at 150p.

Outlook: Regus belly flop

PERHAPS IT is the influence of those crazy internet valuations, but all growth companies, and even some which are plain, bog standard, low growth enterprises, seem to be priced for Initial Public Offering these days as if they are highly prized works of art. Most of the time the investment bankers seem to get away with it, but there was a rude awakening yesterday when Martin Dixon's much hyped Regus business centres was forced to pulp the prospectus on the very day of publication. No way, the City had told Merrill Lynch, over the mooted pounds 1bn valuation.

Dixon cries `mea culpa' as he pulls Regus back at the last fence

MARK DIXON, the founder of Regus Business Centres, is a man that the media loves to love. The bike-riding Essex boy who made it good from his beginning selling sandwiches and hot dogs to walking tall as the king of the serviced-office market, certainly makes for colourful copy.

Silver lining for insurers from Hurricane Floyd

CANNY STOCKBROKERS are urging clients to see Hurricane Floyd as an opportunity to buy weather-ravaged insurance stocks, despite fears that the bill for the industry worldwide could top the $15bn paid out for Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Regus listing to net founder pounds 600m

MARK DIXON, founder and chairman of Regus Business Centres, is set to find his majority stake in the serviced-office provider valued at pounds 600m after it yesterday unveiled plans is list on the London Stock Exchange this autumn.
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