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Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, is buying back the South Korean brewery it sold to private equity in 2009

Television: The answer is blowing in the trees

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Tennis: Draper's first title a material gain

AFTER spending the best part of a week in the locker room - "having bets when the next bloody cloud would come over" - the Australian Scott Draper was overjoyed with yesterday's silver lining. The 24-year-old from Brisbane, ranked No 108 in the world, won the first ATP singles title of his career at the Stella Artois Championships.

Rusedski keeps Tim and Greg show waiting

TWENTY-FOUR hours after Horror Friday was a day for lengthy assessment at the Queen's Club of Britain's prospects for Wimbledon, there being little else to do on an afternoon of steady rain which prevented the semi- finals getting under way in the rain-plagued Stella Artois Championships.

Queen's counting cost of rain

THE R-WORD is banned until after Wimbledon. Drenched organisers of the Stella Artois Championships at London's Queen's Club are faced with refunding almost pounds 500,000 in rain checks to spectators - pounds 50,000 more than the prize- money.

Pressure of competition puts heat on Whitbread

SHARES in Whitbread, the brewing to leisure group, fell yesterday in the wake of a cautious trading statement, taking the shine off a 12 per cent rise in its full-year profits.

Drinks industry fears move to ban sport sponsorship

The pounds 40m that drinks companies pour into British sports sponsorship every year is under threat from a controversial French plan to ban drinks advertising for international sporting events. However, as Andrew Yates reports, new European legislation could bring cheer to the British drinks industry.

Whitbread `considering brewery closures'

Speculation was mounting last night that Whitbread, the brewing and pub giant, is about to close two of its five breweries with the loss of several hundred jobs. The Flowers brewery in Cheltenham and its brewing operation in County Durham, which produces Castle Eden and Trophy Bitter, are likely to be axed. Drinks analysts in the City seemed unsurprised by the rumours.

The Investment Column: Boring old Whitbread

With the pub sector suffering a hangover, Whitbread's predictably boring results were a tonic. The big brewers have been out of favour recently following warnings from both Greenalls and Wolverhampton & Dudley. The fear was that with the huge sums being poured into developing managed pubs, returns would suffer. Whitbread's share price was dragged down too with the shares tumbling from 850p in July to less than 700p a week or two ago. But they have been recovering recently. Yesterday's half-year results served to further reassure that the company is on track.

CINEMA: A half-baked Bean who should have stayed in Britain

Mr Bean is the world's most popular in-flight entertainment, and understandably so. Half-asleep between bouts of air-sickness is undoubtedly the best way to watch it. But now Rowan Atkinson has brought his creepy TV character to the big screen, his audience no longer has the option of taking off the headphones and reading a book instead.

Dark days for hapless Henman

Tennis

Lee's feat keeps Henman company

Tennis

Kuerten sambas to Paris triumph

An astonishing French Open drew to a close here in Paris last evening with Bjorn Borg handing the Coupe des Mousquetaires to the unseeded Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten, a player barely known outside the Brazilian resort of Florianopolis a fortnight ago.

Tennis: The Surbiton road to Wimbledon

Andrew Baker sees the leading players warming up for the warm- up

Pub chain gets one in

Enterprise Inns is locked in takeover talks with Discovery Inns, according to an industry source. The deal could be worth more than pounds 50m, and would significantly boost the size of Enterprise, which has a stock market value of pounds 125m based on Friday's closing price of 265p.
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