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Motoring: Road Test; New Romeo rekindles a love affair

The Alfa 166 re-establishes the Italian car-maker's street cred and gives the Germans a run for their money. By John Simister

Network: Our schoolchildren are still waiting, Mr Blair

Derek Wyatt, left, takes the Government to task for failing properly to plan, fund and put into effect the National Grid for Learning

Who's Suing Whom: Premier League takes on `pirates'

THE PREMIER LEAGUE has taken legal action against a Birmingham based supplier of "pirate" smart-cards, which allow users in Britain to view live Premiership football matches by unscrambling the satellite transmissions intended for the Continent.

BSkyB cheat is dished by Murdoch

FOR A MAN who used to rejoice in the name of "Spangles Muldoon", his vanishing act seemed a fitting finale to a short but highly lucrative criminal career.

Holly and ivy all year round

You may think Christmas starts too early, but for some, it never goes away. James Sherwood reports

Investment: Much faces a baptism of fire

IAN MUCH could hardly have picked a better time to join De La Rue. Barring a catastrophe, yesterday's dire first-half results from the bank-note printing to smart cards group - which showed pre-tax profits plunging pounds 42.3m to pounds 7.8m - should be a low point. The blame for the figures falls squarely on the shoulders of Jeremy Marshall, who stepped down earlier this year. Newly installed as chief executive, Mr Much should now be able to preside over a steady recovery.

Big firms profiting from tax collection

News Analysis: High cost of running a payroll punishes small businesses

Firms stealthily prepare for currency revolution

POLITICIANS MAY be cautious about the euro but the British high street is already conducting its own quiet revolution to accommodate the new currency system from next year.

Investment: Bid rumours prompt rethink on De La Rue

THERE'S NOTHING like a good bid rumour to give a bombed-out share price a lift. And when the supposed predator is the world's biggest company, investors are bound to prick up their ears.

De La Rue rumoured for takeover

De La Rue rumoured for takeover

MD resigns from ailing De La Rue

THE RECENT problems at De La Rue, the banknote printing and smart card group, claimed their first victim yesterday with the departure of the head of the group's largest division.

Mandelson plans internet shopping revolution

EVERYBODY IN the country will be allocated a unique electronic signature allowing them to buy and sell goods on the internet, under plans unveiled this week by Peter Mandelson.

Poetic Licence: Sperm Wail

A worldwide study of the male sperm count has been launched. Recent research indicates that global sperm counts have halved in the past 50 years

Outlook: De La Rue man gets in at the bottom

AFTER A six-month search, De La Rue has finally found itself a new chief executive, Ian Much - the old one, Jeremy Marshall, having been thrown overboard for persistently disappointing stock market expectations. Ian who? The City was plainly less than overwhelmed by the appointment yesterday, but actually, he may be the man for the job.

Much goes to troubled banknote group as chief

DE LA RUE, the troubled banknote printing and smart card group, yesterday appointed a former executive of T&N, the car parts engineer, as its new chief executive.
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