i Theo Paphitis, retail magnate

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Outlook: Tote conundrum

O THE TOTE is going to be privatised, is it? Jack Straw's short statement announcing the privatisation yesterday appeared to decide the matter once and for all, but in truth this is just the beginning. It is all very well for the Government to agree in principle to the sale, but the real issue - that of who owns the Tote - has yet to be resolved. Until it is, nothing can happen. Certainly there is no possibility of sale this side of a general election, for any such disposal will require legislation.

Investment: Mersey Docks sails in with strong profit rise

MERSEY DOCKS, Britain's second-largest port operator, yesterday dispelled some of the gloom surrounding the sector with a strong set of results and an upbeat trading statement.

Football: Replay `sets dangerous precedent'

AS THE country's most senior referee said yesterday that the rescheduling of Saturday's FA Cup match between Arsenal and Sheffield United had set "a very dangerous precedent", it emerged that an incident very similar to Saturday's occurred a fortnight ago and an "ungentlemanly" goal on that occasion had been disallowed.

Inside Business: Put it there, partner

Give staff a stake in the company and see motivation soar. Roger Trapp on two firms that have made it happen

Shopping: Shoptalk

IF YOU feel you need to get back in shape in the New Year, give yourself a beauty break without breaking into sweat with a professional aromatherapy facial. Decleor is offering Independent readers a facial at its in-store beauty rooms for pounds 15 during January, instead of the usual price of pounds 35. As well as receiving a set of miniature specialist samples for your skin type, the cost of the facial will be redeemable against the purchase of any two or more of Decleor's natural products.

Jarvis set to gain from boom in PFI contracts

JARVIS, the transport infrastructure maintenance company, yesterday predicted that the Government's Private Finance Initiative (PFI) would yield it further opportunities.

Fashion: Shopping with... Cath Kidston - Wrap me up in flowers...

GIVEN Cath Kidston's signature style - her Portobello shop is filled with romantic Fifties-inspired printed clothes and fabrics - it isn't surprising that she likes to shop at antique fairs and markets. "I go to Portobello market a lot because I'm a local and I have my contacts there. I usually go on Fridays, often just to get inspired rather than to actually buy."

Racing: Tote may break free

THE TOTE is to come out of public ownership if successful in its attempt to secure Coral, it was confirmed yesterday. The Tote, gradually expanding its operation, now has the financial muscle to try to mount a credible bid for the Coral operation. The opportunity has come about after the Monopolies and Merger Commission blocked Ladbrokes' attempt to acquire the Coral estate.

Much binding in the Guildhall

The six novels shortlisted for the Booker Prize have been specially bound by an elite squad of bookbinders.

Racing: Bookies queue up in race for Coral

Coral/Ladbroke deal: While shrewd punters celebrate the MMC ruling, it is back to the drawing board for the Tote

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Racing: Windows of opportunity for the new marketeer

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