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Consumers win in the price wars

Fixed cost for electrical goods is at an end

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FINAL DECISIONS ON THE WRITE STUFF

RESULTS OF THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY / PANASONIC WRITING COMPETITION AND THE IoS / DALER-ROWNEY YOUNG CARTOONIST COMPETITION 1997

Electrical makers blamed for high costs

Customers are being overcharged for electrical goods ranging from televisions to washing machines because multinational manufacturers want to maintain profits and add cachet to their brands, according to a report published today.

Currency movements hold back T&N

Currency movements hold back T&N

Queen's Awards: Japanese firms are leading the way

The influence of inward investment is shown by the fact that a quarter of the winners of the Queen's Award for Export have overseas parent companies. American, German, Scandinavian and Dutch companies have long featured in the list of winners, while a new entry is those with a Japanese parent.

Sky-BT alliance would put competition at risk

COMMENT: 'At a time when new technologies should be opening up the world of pay TV and telephony to a legion of new players and competition, all manner of unholy alliances are being formed to defend the status quo'

Rolls to double annual bonuses

Rolls-Royce, the aero-engine manufacturer, has decided to double annual bonus payments for top executives because its scheme is no longer competitive with comparable companies.

Verity's hi-fi is high-risk: The Investment Column

Verity is the ultimate share for hi-fi anoraks. With names such as Wharfdale and Quad, the group's brands sound like a roll-call of the cream of British audio equipment. But they did not prevent the group coming to the brink of collapse in 1993 after three years of mounting losses and a torrent of cash calls.

Slower sales of receivers send Pace tumbling

Slower sales of digital satellite receivers and the adverse effect of the strength of sterling on profits sent shares in Pace Micro Technology into free fall yesterday. The shares lost 25 per cent of their value to close at 169.5p, below the issue price of 172p when the company came to the stock market last June.

Letter: Welsh wages compare well

Sir: Your article on Korean investment in Wales ("Come to low-wage Wales", 13 January) implied that Korean investors come to Wales solely because of low wage costs, and suggested that the Welsh Development Agency was more concerned with attracting investors than with creating well-paid jobs for Welsh workers. Neither claim is valid.

THE WRITING COMPETITION

THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY/PANASONIC WRITING COMPETITION 1997 and THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY/DALER-ROWNEY YOUNG CARTOONIST

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A cordless phone lets you call your friends while you make a cup of tea, have a bath or even wander around the garden. Our panel helps you get well connected

Further adventures of the Famous Five

The Blyton brand is being transported to the US. Meg Carter reports

Letter: Openness at the National Trust

Sir: The agenda for the coming annual general meeting of the National Trust on 2 November includes a members' resolution which draws attention to the somewhat unusual status of members' resolutions at annual general meetings of the Trust.
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