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CHRIS JOHNSON, chairman and chief executive of Ipeco Holdings, the aero-engineering company, has asked me to make clear that it is he and his wife who have rescued Kelways, and not Ipeco Holdings as we said last week in Cuttings.

Athletics: Christie back in swing

LINFORD CHRISTIE and Colin Jackson got back to business here on Saturday to provide British athletics with a welcome distraction from its grim preoccupation.

Athletics: Norman comes under increasing pressure: Calls for suspension of promotions officer

ANDY NORMAN'S future as British athletics' most powerful figure was called further into question yesterday following allegations linking him with the suicide of Cliff Temple, a leading athletics writer.

STAYING IN / York on ads: No 5: Panasonic

THE Panasonic grannies, the Third Age supermodels launched in June to sell the convenience of the Panasonic VHS Camcorder, have got a leading edge. The younger one is heavily made up to look a bit like Molly Parkin, the older one - 'Auntie's terribly modern' - wears a jazzed-up Victorian undertaker's outfit with top hat. They're very chic in their post-Mondrian set (art director Dave Horry). This time they're selling a substantive innovation in picture quality, the self-adjusting digital picture with the super-flat screen (or in Japanese gaoo, which translates as 'King of Pictures').

Abacus placing will be at 140p

SHARES in Abacus, the electronic components distributor, are to be placed with institutions at a flotation price of 140p each, writes Robert Cole.

Panasonic Trust

The following engineers have been awarded scholarships by the Panasonic Trust to enable them to study for the degree of MSc in new technology subjects at United Kingdom universities:

Top three

THREE bosses each holding eight non-executive directorships head the 1993 Director/Arthur Andersen Corporate Register, down from the record 11 non-executive directorships held by Sir Roland Smith, the former British Aerospace chairman, in 1991.

Bairstow blames QMH board for his absence: Correction: John Bairstow

An extract from a statement made by solicitors on behalf of John Bairstow, former chairman of Queens Moat Houses, published in Saturday's paper should have read that Mr Bairstow wished it to be known that his non-attendance in an official capacity at the company's annual meeting 'was at the specific request of the board and was not of his own choosing', and not as quoted.

Business Information Service: Quote of the week

'The market is more competitive than we have ever known.' - John Clare, Dixons managing director

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Sports Listings: Plan Ahead - Panasonic AAA Championships

THIS year's Panasonic AAA Championships take place at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, on Friday and Saturday, 16 and 17 July and will serve as the trial for the World Championships in Germany in August. The meeting is open to elite athletes and all the top British competitors, such as Sally Gunnell, Linford Christie, John Regis and Roger Black, are expected to take part.

Motor Racing: Strange days in snake pit

THE RAINS came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday, spoiling the party in the Snake Pit.

When the corporate customer cracks the whip: Correction

Last week we gave the impression that Nicole Farhi had been involved in product placement for a production of Lorca's Blood Wedding. This was incorrect.

Acorn shares jump on confirmation of talks

SHARES in Acorn, the computer maker, jumped 19p to 146p yesterday as Sam Wauchope, the managing director, confirmed talks with large Japanese electronics companies. Yesterday's rise means that Acorn's shares have doubled in value since last Thursday.

Japanese executives' pay cut as profits fall

TOKYO (Reuter) - Thirty executives at Matsushita, the giant Japanese consumer electronics company, will have their pay cut by 10 per cent from November to next March because of a plunge in profits.
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