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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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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.

New hotels yield Regal profits

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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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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003