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Revenue backing boosts Exclusive sale

Granada wins hotel approval but loses interest in race classic

Thistle cautious over float price

Thistle Hotels took its cue from the recent postponement of Lonrho's hotel division spin-off and steered a cautious line on the pricing of its forthcoming flotation yesterday. Robert Peel, chief executive, restated his confidence that there would be plenty of demand, but the valuation range he unveiled was below more optimistic expectations earlier in the summer.

Principal Hotels to float this autumn

Principal Hotels, a UK operator of period hotels, is to seek a stock market listing later this autumn which will value the company at around pounds 100m.

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2 nights for the price of 1

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Lonrho 'aghast' at hotel float flop

Lonrho had to cancel the flotation of its Metropole and Princess Hotels group after its adviser, SBC Warburg, was unable to guarantee it could achieve an acceptable price for the business.

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Ladbroke deal reunites Hilton hotels

The City yesterday gave the thumbs-up to a worldwide alliance between leisure group Ladbroke and the Hilton Hotels Corp of the US that finally reunites the famous Hilton hotel brand after 32 years of separation.

Thistle joins growing list of hoteliers coming to the market

The hotel sector's rush to the stock market was joined by another heavyweight group yesterday as Thistle Hotels, London's biggest hotelier, confirmed its plans to float next month in an international placing and intermediaries offer.

Thistle Hotels set to announce pounds 1.5bn stock market float

Thistle Hotels is expected to announce plans for a stock market flotation this week that will value the 100-strong hotel chain at pounds 1bn- pounds 1.5bn, writes Nigel Cope.

New hotel group set for buying binge

Millennium & Copthorne, the recently floated hotel company, yesterday signalled a buying spree, saying it was prepared to spend up to pounds 150m on hotels to add to its portfolio of 23 properties in London, New York and Continental Europe.

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Modest rise for Jarvis debut

Investors expecting more instant profits from the new issues market were disappointed yesterday when shares in Jarvis Hotels managed only a modest premium on their first day of dealings.

Jarvis Hotels float to raise pounds 133m

Jarvis Hotels, the mid-market hotels group which specialises in leisure breaks, is to be priced at between 150p and 170p per share when it comes to the stock market later this month. The flotation will raise pounds 133m and value the company at pounds 281m at the mid-market price of 160p.
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
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
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London