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Online fashion retailer Asos has turned to Marks & Spencer for again by hiring former finance director Ian Dyson.

Bid war at Greenalls

Pubs chief looks at management buyout to foil Scottish & Newcastle

Greenalls in talks with S&N over disposals

HEALTH CLUBS to pubs business Greenalls Group confirmed yesterday that it is in talks with Scottish & Newcastle to sell its lodge, restaurants and pubs business.

No Pain, No Gain: OUR MAN'SPORTFOLIO

After the brawl was over ...

COMPANY OF THE WEEK: Allied Domecq

ALLIED DOMECQ - which has long lagged behind its bigger, and more diversified rival Diageo - is finally assembling a strategy to wring consistent profits out of its stable of spirit brands.

Hogg grilled by Allied Domecq investors

THE BOARD of Allied Domecq, the UK drinks group, faced a barrage of questions from shareholders yesterday before winning approval for the pounds 2.75bn sale of Allied's UK pubs division to privately owned Punch Taverns.

Investment column: Independent's tips are winners

BEFORE THE mayhem of the company reporting season gets under way next week, it seems worth returning to The Independent's share tips for 1999 to see how they have fared since the beginning of the year.

Allied Domecq shifts HQ from London and cuts jobs

THE DRINKS group, Allied Domecq, yesterday announced plans to close down its headquarters in London's Portland Place it has occupied for a decade.

Grade to strike First Leisure bowling deal

DUKE STREET CAPITAL, the venture capitalist, was close to clinching a surprise victory in the battle for First Leisure's bowling alleys last night.

Allied sends out pub sale details

Allied sends out pub sale details

Predators eye Greenalls pubs

GREENALLS HAS embarked on a radical strategic review since its profits warning last week, with a sale of its underperforming pubs chain and wholesale operations top of the list of options.

Allied gets all clear for Punch deal

ALLIED DOMECQ'S pounds 2.75bn deal to sell its 3,600-strong estate of pubs and restaurants to Punch Taverns was given the legal all-clear today, despite objections from disappointed rival bidder Whitbread.

Solo bid to beat Punch

GUY HANDS, Nomura's principal finance guru, is set to ask his Japanese bosses for pounds 3bn to whip Allied Domecq's pubs form under the nose of Punch Taverns, writes Dan Gledhill.

Punch price deters rival Allied bidder

THE POSSIBILITY of a renewed bid battle for Allied Domecq's pub estate was in effect scotched yesterday when a potential rival consortium to Punch Taverns' pounds 2.75bn bid indicated that it was unlikely to beat the Punch price.

Allied board settles on pounds 2.75bn Punch pub bid

ALLIED DOMECQ finally agreed to sell its pub estate to Punch Taverns yesterday in a pounds 2.75bn deal which brings to an end months of bad- tempered wrangling.

Punch persuaded to return to table in Allied bid battle

THE BID battle for Allied Domecq's pub estate experienced another volatile session yesterday with Punch Taverns at one stage withdrawing its offer before being persuaded back to the negotiating table.
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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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