US aerospace giant Boeing has unveiled a record $10 billion (£6.1 billion) share buyback and 50 per cent hike in the dividend.

Viagra village is sick of fame

RINGASKIDDY is hardly a place that conforms to Ballykissangel- style stereotypes of rural Ireland. It's an industrial sort of place where people earn their living in chemical plants and, until a few month ago, lived their lives quietly and minded their own business. Until, that is, Viagra became the wonder drug of the age, and changed the lives not only of the impotent men who take it, but of those who live in the tiny County Cork town.

If only it was this easy

Barbarella achieved orgasm with a psychosexual mind meld, but the fantasy of instant bliss is also alive and well in the Nineties, as reports of a `Viagra for women' testify. Hardly surprising, when you consider that 58 per cent of women never climax, says Cayte Williams

Property: Welcome to expatriate country

The Home Counties are becoming decidedly cosmopolitan and landlords are delighted, reports Robert Liebman

Doctor, life's so good it's depressing

America is booming, yet Americans are popping more 'lifestyle' pills than ever. There is a cure, says Henry Porter

Sex, hype and a little blue pill

The truth about Viagra: It's a miracle - or is it? Men can't get enough, but there are questions over its safety

Six die after taking impotence cure

SIX men have died after taking the anti-impotence pill Viagra, raising doubts about the drug's safety. America's Food and Drug Administration, and the drug's manufacturer, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, have launched investigations into the causes of the deaths.

Sex wonder-drug may make the earth move for women too

SCIENTISTS are experimenting on British women to see if the erection- enhancing Viagra pill, which is claimed to boost men's sexual pleasure, can improve female satisfaction too.

Pfizer creates 1,000 jobs but Siemens thinks again in Tyneside

Pfizer, the US drugs giant, confirmed yesterday that it is investing pounds 109m in a new research facility in Sandwich, Kent in a government backed move which will create 1,000 new British jobs in the next five years. However, Siemens, the German engineering and electronics giant, has abandoned plans to create up to 600 more jobs at its computer chip plant on North Tyneside after a new crash in global semi-conductor prices. Sameena Ahmad in London and Chris Godsmark in Munich report.

Pfizer to create 1,500 jobs at R&D site in Kent

In one of the biggest single research and development investments into the UK, around 1,500 new jobs are to be created by an expansion of Pfizer's drugs research facility in Sandwich, Kent.

A secret weapon to swell the male ego

Dubbed `the good love pill', the new drug to cure impotence is not an aphrodisiac. It can boost performance, but only when the spirit is willing

A hi-tech boom helps the medicine go down

Injections without needles, pills with microchips - drug delivery systems are a rapidly growing secto

The market: Thrush ads: just an irritation?

It's Getting a bit stressful, watching TV these days. Take Hollywood Lovers, for instance. You slump down in front the telly and before can say "film star" there's female genital enlargement and all sorts of close- up unpleasantness on the screen. No sooner have you recovered, than it's into the normally safe ad break where you find two ads for two different kinds of thrush treatment. Honestly.

Stagecoach was just the ticket

Our new year share tips for 1996 came in with a respectable 14.8 per cent increase in value (excluding dividends) - outperforming the FT- SE All Share index's 11.6 per cent rise by over a quarter, writes Paul Farrelly.

Zeneca shows its quality: The Investment Column

Zeneca's third-quarter sales figures yesterday continued to demonstrate the quality of Britain's third-largest drugs group. Turnover of pounds 4.1bn in the first nine months of this year represented a 14 per cent underlying improvement over the same period of 1995, or 12 per cent when currency effects are stripped out. The growth is well over double the rate recorded at the half year by Glaxo Wellcome, the industry's leviathan, and an acceleration on Zeneca's own figures for this time last year, when sales were 6 per cent up.

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