News The seven private investigators pleaded guilty to conspiring to unlawfully obtain personal data at Isleworth Crown Court

Confidential information from top firms illegally accessed

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Hong Kong deal

SIEMENS' Transportation Systems arm has won a HK$200m contract to provide the control system for the extension of a Hong Kong metro line.

European firms enjoy seller's bonanza

Boom time as US financiers compete with UK venture capitalists for private deals

GEC mounts net offensive

By swooping on a US technology firm, the one-time defence giant could become a force on the internet. Peter Koenig reports

Market Report: Greenalls ahead on rumours of bid by Whitbread

WHITBREAD basked in the glow of a pre-holiday rally yesterday as rumours of a pounds 1.1bn takeover of rival Greenalls enlivened a dull market.

Siemens ordered to repay pounds 18m in grant aid

SIEMENS, the German electronics giant, was yesterday ordered to repay pounds 18m it received in government grant aid to help build its doomed semiconductor plant on Tyneside.

Food & Drink: Up the function

Designer kitchenware may `express your personality' and provide a good talking point. But is it any better at actually doing the job? Photographs by Phil Ward

Immigration service under fire over computer chaos

THE IMMIGRATION service was reprimanded by the Government's spending watchdog yesterday over a computer system which has sunk the department into chaos.

8,600 UK jobs at risk in power generation merger

ALSTOM AND ABB joined forces yesterday to create the world's biggest power generation company in a move which leaves a question mark hanging over 8,600 UK jobs.

BTR and Siebe pay pounds 500,000 to become Invensys

BTR SIEBE, the merged automation and controls group, yesterday joined the growing band of companies which are adopting meaningless new names by announcing that it is henceforth to be known as Invensys.

Spending watchdog attacks IT `chaos'

THE IMMIGRATION service was reprimanded by the Government's spending watchdog yesterday over a computer system which has sunk the department into chaos.

Parliament Asylum Bill: Straw `regrets' Immigration Service chaos

JACK STRAW told MPs yesterday he "greatly regretted" the chaos in the Immigration Service, which he said represented the greatest management challenge faced by the Home Office.

German giants hire abroad and cut at home

GERMANY'S BLUE-CHIP companies have sharply increased their numbers of overseas employees at the expense of domestic workers, an influential survey will reveal today, writes Francesco Guerrera.

Music: Vorsprung durch Technik

What links Pulp, German encrytion machines and Sixties' sci-fi soundtracks? It can only be Peter Thomas

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