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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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