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Property: Pests don't win prizes at home

Infested? It can prove very costly to eradicate the problem, let alone repair any damage. By Penny Jackson

Tyco renews its Williams courtship

TYCO INTERNATIONAL, the US fire protection and electronic security company that is global leader in manufacturing electronic components, has renewed talks about launching a friendly takeover bid for Williams, the fire protection and security equipment company.

GOING DOWN: Associated British Foods

SHARES in Associated British Foods fell 4 per cent after reports that the FT-SE International was considering changing its rules to align more closely the number of shares in the market with their weighting in its indices. The index weighting is currently based on market capitalisation.

Market Report: Rentokil Initial stars in a falling market

RENTOKIL INITIAL and British Steel were the stockmarket's odd couple yesterday. The ultra-modern cleaning and pest control group and the old-fashioned bastion of the UK industry go together like chalk and cheese but yesterday they were the stars of a falling market.

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Going Down: Rentokil Initial

RENTOKIL INITIAL, the support-services company, said profits this year are likely to increase between 10 per cent and 15 per cent, below the company's 20 per cent target, as sales growth decelerates. The shares fell 25 per cent.

Rentokil plunges 20% on profits warning

SHARES IN Rentokil Initial, the pest control and business services group led by Sir Clive Thompson, slumped by a fifth yesterday after the group warned that profits this year would undershoot market expectations by a wide margin.

Market Report: Lloyds whisper sets L&G hare running

THE BLUE-CHIP bid rumour of the day was that the banking giant Lloyds TSB is to launch a pounds 10bn-plus offer for the insurer Legal & General.

Outlook: Sir Clive's glory days may be over

SOMEHOW, Mr Ten Per Cent does not have quite the same ring to it. Moreover, it brackets Sir Clive Thompson with that breed of commission men who make their living off the talents of others, be they footballers, film stars or for that matter writers.

Inside Business: The future of outsourcing could lie within the firm

Management fads come and go. But it is becoming increasingly clear that one of the more enduring is going to be outsourcing, the process by which organisations consign all but their most "core" activities to specialists to run on their behalf.

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AEA shares slide on shock warning

AEA TECHNOLOGY, the privatised engineering services group, yesterday lost its status as a darling of the market when it issued a shock profits warning, sending its shares into a 41 per cent nosedive.

Financials lead blue chips to another peak

BLUE CHIPS stretched to another peak with Footsie climbing 94.2 points to 6,335.7 in heavy trading. At one time it was 118.8 higher.

Williams plans to raise pounds 400m from disposals

WILLIAMS, the former conglomerate that is reinventing itself as a more focused security and fire services group, is planning to raise a further pounds 400m from disposals as it completes its transformation.

Market Report: Trading fears knock M&S

MARKS & SPENCER had a day to forget, as rumours of poor trading and whispers of a dividend cut encouraged a wave of selling.
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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album