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Gloomy view at China Clays

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Why we must be stewards of our soil

Managing this neglected resource is vital to our future, says John Houghton

Builders warn of jobs collapse and slump in profits

Construction crunch: Tarmac and Wimpey confirm asset swap but prepare to add to the half-a-million jobs lost in the industry since 1990

Letter: 'Cleansing' in West Papua

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Tarmac swaps houses for roads


Beleaguered Wimpey warns on profits


Builders on shaky foundations

The Investment Column

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War paint

T&N haunted by asbestos liability


Wimpey seeks alliance

George Wimpey, the construction group, hinted strongly yesterday that it sees a strategic contracting partnership with a rival as the way to earn decent returns from the ravaged British building industry.

ABP delivers 29% profits leap


McAlpine sells quarries unit

Alfred McAlpine, the construction group, is to sell Alfred McAlpine Minerals to Wimpey Minerals, a subsidiary of George Wimpey, for £43.5m in a move reinforcing McAlpine's focus on construction and housebuilding.

Names group talks of secret deficit

The Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee looking into self-regulation at Lloyd's was told by the Lloyd's Names Defence Association yesterday that the closely guarded statistics showed most Lloyd's syndicates ran into loss four to six yearsafter having been created, writes William Gleeson. The names claimed Lloyds losses had been covered up for at least two decades by creative accounting.

Animal, mineral, edible?

We are what we eat - and it has a lot to do with rocks. Michael Bateman gets a geologist's-eye view of the dinner table Beef is, to the geologist, a complex mineral cocktail

Better margins help McAlpine back to black

DOUBLED operating margins from housebuilding and strong minerals sales helped Alfred McAlpine back into the black in the eight months to June despite continuing losses from contracting in Britain and from the US.
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