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Savills makes first loss since 1992 after asset writedowns

Savills, the upmarket estate agent, has suffered its first annual loss since 1992 after the financial crisis forced it to write down the value of acquisitions and investments.

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Savills profits warning

The upmarket estate agent Savills announced its second profits warning in two months yesterday conceding that full-year 2008 profits would be "significantly below" analysts' expectations, and that it would "consider its dividend policy".

Rentokil slide continues

Shares in Rentokil Initial are set to dip further this week after the rat-catcher to parcel-delivery group issued its fourth profit warning since December.

Estate agencies need regulation, inquiry concludes

The former head of of the Office of Fair Trading, Sir Bryan Carsberg, urged the Government yesterday to regulate estate agents and to make Home Information Packs (Hips) voluntary, as he published conclusions from his year-long review into the housing market.

Trio's £94m incentive to lift Rentokil back into the rat race

Former ICI team McAdam, Brown and Ransom appointed; Long tours City to ensure support

Roger Trapp: It's often those on the shop floor who can spot the best business ideas

There are countless examples of small businesses started by people working in particular industries who spot gaps that their current employers either do not see or fill inadequately. Through attention to detail and dedicated service, such enterprises can make surprisingly impressive profits out of the least likely opportunities and in so doing sometimes grow to a size to rival the original businesses from which they spring.

Foxtons taken to court by OFT

The Office of Fair Trading began a High Court action against Foxtons, the estate agency chain, yesterday, in an attempt to force it to remove a handful of allegedly "unfair terms" from its contracts with private landlords.

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Dillie Keane is no stranger to musing on female foibles in an ensemble situation, as her work with Fascinating Aida in the Eighties shows. Twenty years on, Grumpy Old Women requires Keane (with Linda Robson and Jenny Eclair) to dispense similarly withering remarks on fashion and food fads - except without musical accompaniment, and with a tone that's more end of the pier than Noel Coward.

A cultural revolution boosts rental market

An influx of workers from the new EU nations has been a godsend for the sluggish London market. By Chris Partridge

Landlord's should aim to stop potential problems before they start

Gas leaks, flooding, repairs: a landlord's life is not an easy one, but you can avoid a crisis, says David Lawrenson

Today, it's all about cupboard love

Tenants today have vast amounts of kit, so landlords need to provide space to store it all in, says Chris Partridge
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