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Tea time is up for London auctions

LONDON'S two remaining tea brokers occupy different floors in the same decrepit building overlooking the Thames.

Rugby Union: Pugh confident of resolving `little spat' with English clubs

The language will not have endeared him to the big-ego businessmen who run the major clubs in England, but Vernon Pugh is sure that he can sort out the "little spat" over fixtures.

Rugby Union: Quins given Cup opportunity to atone for their midweek misery

The storms of the last 36 hours have disrupted the weekend's Tetley's Bitter Cup ties. David Llewellyn discovers what's on and what's not.

Outlook: Mrs Beckett scores one out of two

It was a day of mixed fortunes yesterday for Margaret Beckett. The President of the Board of Trade must rightly have felt rather pleased with herself as she woke up to the news that Bass is selling off 1,428 pubs - the best part of one-third of its estate - to a trio of entrepreneurs best known for bringing pizzas and French fast food to the masses.

Rugby Union: Fanolua flattens Fylde

Gloucester recorded the biggest victory in their 124-year history yesterday when they thrashed Fylde 88-0 in Group A of the Cheltenham & Gloucester Cup at Kingsholm. Leading the way with three of their 14 tries was Western Samoan centre Terry Fanolua while Scott Benton, Audley Lumsden and 19-year-old debutant wing Rob Jewell each touched down twice. Mark Mapletoft, whose injury problems have cost him at least one England cap in recent weeks, proved his fitness with 23 points - one try and nine conversions.

Bass given go-ahead to buy Carlsberg-Tetley brewery

Margaret Beckett, President of the Board of Trade, has given the green light for Bass's acquisition of Carlsberg-Tetley's brewery at Burton on Trent. The brewery was put up for sale after Ms Beckett's controversially decided to block Bass's acquisition of Carlsberg-Tetley's UK brewing business.

Bass to close two breweries in Carlsberg-Tetley deal

Bass has agreed to buy Carlsberg-Tetley's brewing operation in Burton-upon-Trent for around pounds 20m and close two of its own breweries with the loss of nearly 200 jobs. The Bass brewery in Sheffield will close in January 1999 with the loss of 57 jobs if no buyer can be found. The Cardiff brewery will close the following year, affecting a further 126 jobs. Bass blamed the closures on falling demand for real ale.

Rugby Union: Cup winners' path to Europe barred

The new sponsors of England's national knock-out cup will reward this season's winners with a cheque for pounds 50,000. But they want their competition to carry a far greater incentive: direct entry to the Heineken European Cup. Chris Hewett reports on a delicate problem for the country's rugby authorities.

Bass faces Czech brewing battle

Bass, the drinks giant which is keen to expand overseas, having had its bid for Carlsberg-Tetley blocked by Margaret Beckett in the UK, now faces a bitter battle with the Japanese bank Nomura in its attempt to grow its Czechoslovakia brewing business.

Rugby Union: Referees a law unto themselves

The true extent of the confusion over rugby's ludicrously complicated rulebook became apparent yesterday with the admission that England not only intend to study video tapes of their forthcoming opponents from the southern hemisphere, but footage of the appointed referees as well. Chris Hewett reports on the paranoia plaguing the game.

Carlsberg-Tetley blames 1,500 job losses on Beckett

Carlsberg-Tetley, the troubled brewer, stunned its workforce yesterday by announcing it was planning to close three of its five breweries with the loss of 1,500 jobs. The news coincided with a warning from Wolverhampton and Dudley, one of the largest regional brewers, that many British pubs faced an uphill struggle to survive. Andrew Yates reports.

Outlook: That's it Mrs Beckett, stick with Adam Smith

On brewing cutbacks, Sears, and Japanese corruption

Bass licks its wounds as alcopop sales dive

Leading brewers say that alcopops sales have fallen sharply in the wake of public concern that they might lead to under-age drinking. Cathy Newman reports on the state of play.

Bass sells interests in Carlsberg-Tetley

Bass sells interests in Carlsberg-Tetley

Comment: Sir Graeme will be better off in the real world

`He is generally reckoned to have made a decent fist of the MMC and it certainly made a pleasant change to have the place run for once by an industrialist rather than a clever lawyer'
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