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James Ashton: Rentokil is still not sprung from its trap

Outlook Whenever Rentokil Initial says it is doing better, I smell a rat. This is a company that has flattered to deceive for as long as I have been writing about it. A glance at yesterday's figures shows that underlying revenues are falling, it is enduring tough times in Europe, and it is trying to put in place a more efficient country-by-country operating model. So what's changed?

Rentokil boss Alan Brown to step down

Rentokil Initial’s chief executive Alan Brown, who was parachuted in five years ago to turn around the pest control group’s struggling City Link, today said he is departing, just three months after selling the postal business he called a “problem child”.

Market Report: GKN finds new gear as City praises deals

The car and aerospace components company GKN hit a 14-year high after analysts at UBS praised its recent acquisitions as "transformative". Scribblers at the bank reckon the recent purchases of the Getrag and Volvo Aero businesses have "strengthened GKN's strategic position in both of its key markets – aerospace and autos".

Rentokil ditches City Link ‘problem child’ for just £1

Rentokil Initial today ended five turbulent years of large losses at its “problem child” parcels division City Link by selling the 44-year-old business for less than the cost of sending a package across London.

Market Report: Miners subside after gold price plunge

Getting on the wrong side of your regulator is a bad idea. Particularly  in financial services

The Business Matrix: Monday 18 March 2013

Late payers to face interest charges

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Eurotunnel disputes ruling

Rentokil: Ratcatcher poisoned by contract losses

Rentokil's facilities management arm is following the wrong growth strategy, say critics
Investigators at the crash scene in Vauxhall yesterday

Experts claim radio and fog to blame for London helicopter crash

The pilot of the helicopter which crashed in central London on Wednesday morning may have been trying to change channel on his communications radio when the aircraft collided with a crane at rush hour.

Fresh losses for City Link

Rentokil Initial has admitted that its troubled delivery division, City Link, will not return to profit this year.

Market Report: Gambling traders moving into Bwin

City traders like a gamble, right? Well there were certainly enough punters fond of a flutter to push Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment up more than 6 per cent yesterday. The online poker business has been the subject of spurious bid rumours over the past month and yesterday the rumours, on a predominantly quiet Thursday, increased.

James Moore: Farepak ruined Christmas but there's cheer for its bosses

The Farepak savers' vain battle for justice goes on as the stench from this appalling affair lingers

Taxpayers may have to foot bill for Farepak collapse

Taxpayers may have to foot millions of pounds in legal bills following the abandonment of a Government bid to penalise directors of a Christmas hamper business which collapsed six years ago leaving tens of thousands of savers out of pocket, a businessman involved said today. 

Bosses took '£1m a week' from Christmas savers

Victims of the collapse of Christmas hamper firm Farepak had "no inkling" that "about £1m a week" of their money was being dipped into, as directors of its parent company sought to prop up other loss-making units of the group, according to allegations made in the High Court yesterday.

Rentokil chilli gel wards off problem birds

A new red-hot weapon has been unveiled in the fight against problem birds.

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