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Lily Savage started life as the figment of a social worker's imaginatio n. Now she's one of the hottest properties in showbusiness. For the man behind her, it's getting beyond a joke

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PAUL O'GRADY, aka Lily Savage, performer: I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole. I used to work in the office of an abattoir and now I only eat meat that doesn't look like the animal.

Micro Focus shares suffer as its profits tumble 40%

SLOWER-than-expected sales of new products and delays in computer purchases by companies were yesterday blamed by Micro Focus, the software company, for disappointing first-half figures and a warning that the full-year results would be below last time's, writes Heather Connon.

Lower profits blow to Micro Focus shares: Revenue growth fails to meet targets

SHARES in Micro Focus, the computer software company, fell 30p to 970p yesterday after its announcement of lower pre-tax profits and earnings per share. They had peaked at pounds 28.98 in February.

Comic with toothless grin takes his last gurn

A DOZEN clowns in full dress uniform provided one of the less dignified guards of honour in the history of Westminster Abbey. But, despite the painted lips, arched eyebrows and hastily stuck-on red noses, none had a face as instantly humorous as the man they were there to honour, writes Jim White.

O'Grady takes extra role at Micro Focus

PAUL O'GRADY, chairman of Micro Focus, has taken on the additional role of chief executive at the computer software company after pre-tax profits and earnings in dollars flattened off in the first half, writes Topaz Amoore.

City File: Micro Focus

THERE MUST be days when Paul O'Grady tires of saying he heads a software company called Micro Focus. Micro what? Don't you mean Microsoft? But Mr O'Grady gets the next laugh. Micro Focus, founded in 1976, a year after you know who, has doubled its turnover to pounds 68m and tripled profits to pounds 23m in the past four years. True, it's much smaller than its rival, whose profits at the nine-month mark were a hefty dollars 688m ( pounds 453m), on a turnover of dollars 2.71bn, but the stock has proved just as waterproof in recession. Worth more than a chuckle, in fact.

Micro Focus shares jump

SHARES in Micro Focus Group gained 92p to pounds 15.45 yesterday after the software products company shrugged off difficult trading conditions to report a 5 per cent jump in first-half profits.
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