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Lack of skills forces change in training

SKILL SHORTAGES have hit output in nearly half of British companies over the last year, according to a new annual enquiry conducted by the Confederation of British Industry.

Growth will relax without a rate rise

ARE THEY going to raise interest rates this week? No, I don't think they are - or perhaps I should say, since our monetary masters retain the ability to surprise, I see many reasons why they should not do so.

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One size cannot fit all in the new euro-zone

Monetary policy will inevitably be wrong for some parts of the European economy

Waiters to charge pounds 1,000 for working on millennium eve

WAITERS willing to work on New Year's Eve 1999 are demanding a millennial sum to mark the millennium: pounds 1,000 to serve customers wanting to toast the end of the century.

Vibroplant in profit

VIBROPLANT, THE specialist plant hire group, returned to profit in the year to 31 March. Turnover rose by a third to pounds 49m and profits reached pounds 1.46m, plus an exceptional write-back of pounds 730,000 from previous provisions on the disposal of the US business.

MPC set to keep rates unchanged

THE Bank of England is firmly expected to leave interest rates unchanged at 7.25 per cent today, at the end of its Monetary Policy Committee's monthly meeting.

I have seen the future and it doesn't work

Are you ready for the future? A world of cyberspace conferences, e-mail memos, technological elites and down-trodden service workers. Jobs as we know them are finished, says Helen Jones.

Health: Real men can have feelings

The motor trade might not be the first place you would look to find a group of males discussing the things that get them down at work and home. It's a healthy trend - but will it catch on? By Peter Baker

Smaller Companies: Cleaning up with Johnson

LIKE many small firms, Johnson Group Cleaners lacks a high profile, so you would be forgiven if you didn't know that it owns the largest dry- cleaning business in the US. With 308 stores, including 10 huge drive- through outlets, however, this still only adds up to a 2 per cent share in what remains an extremely fragmented market.

Sterling slips as rate fear recedes

THE BANK of England's Monetary Policy Committee is expected to leave interest rates unchanged at the end of its two-day meeting today, with many analysts increasingly confident that there will be no further rises in the cost of borrowing.

Companies face growing staff turnover problem

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