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Obituary: Sir Christopher Harding

CHRISTOPHER HARDING was one of Britain's most significant but least-known leading businessmen.

CBI chief spikes Byers' guns by taking pounds 500,000 pay cut

SIR CLIVE THOMPSON, the president of the Confederation of British Industry, revealed last night he is taking a pounds 500,000 pay cut this year because of the poor performance of the company he heads, Rentokil Initial.

The Investment Column: Hays celebrates 10th birthday with yet another rise in profits

HAYS, the business services group, is 10 years old this year and it is fitting that Ronnie Frost's empire should celebrate the anniversary with what he described yesterday as yet another "boring" set of brilliant results.

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Rentokil in huge clearout as growth target abandoned

RENTOKIL INITIAL formally abandoned its long-standing 20 per cent earnings growth target yesterday and said it was prepared to listen to offers for a quarter of its businesses.

Outlook: Sir Clive rats on Mr Twenty Per Cent

SIR CLIVE THOMPSON has boldly gone where the share price has been telling him to for the last three months and formally abandoned Rentokil Initial's commitment to grow earnings by 20 per cent a year. In its place is a new gramatically-challenged objective "to substantially outperform" the support services sector over the next five years.

The Player: Sir Clive Thompson, Chief Executive of Rentokil - The man who plans to clean up in the world of services

PERSONAL DETAILS: Aged 56. Lives in Kent. Drives a Bentley. He lists his interests as the stock market, golf, walking and his family. In 1998, Sir Clive was paid a total of pounds 1.4m including a basic pounds 890,000.

Market Report: Bass falls flat as City worries over hotels division

BASS LOST its head yesterday as vague rumours of a profit warning did the round just before the last orders' bell.

Right of Reply: The general secretary of Unison responds to yesterday's leading article on government attitudes to `fat cats'

IF TAXATION, as a means of redistribution, were fair, then I would agree with your editorial ("Mr Byers is right not to skin the fat cats") that "the Government's role should be limited to taxing fairly rewards generated by the market".

Market Report: Rentokil sets a takeover trap to capture earnings

IS RENTOKIL INITIAL about to return to the takeover trail?

Group 4 in line to look after top secret files

TOP SECRET Government files, many of them classified, are to be guarded by private security firms. Rentokil, Securicor and Group 4 will be invited to tender for contracts as ministers attempt to make keeping secrets cheaper.

Market Report: Kingfisher and Energis fail to energise FTSE

ENERGIS AND Kingfisher yesterday flew the flag for telecoms and retailers, two of the most bid-friendly sectors of recent times.

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