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Allied Domecq to spend pounds 150m on new pubs

Allied Domecq, one of the UK's largest pub and drinks groups, yesterday announced plans to cash in on the consumer boom through spending pounds 150m over the next 12 months on the rapid expansion of its pub estate, creating 4,000 jobs in the process.

Scottish & Newcastle to spend pounds 150m on re-branding pubs across the country

Scottish & Newcastle, the UK's largest brewer, yesterday announced plans for a rapid expansion of its themed pub estate, writes Andrew Yates. Its Chef & Brewer family pubs and the John Barras community pub chain will be rolled out across the country over the next few years. It is spending pounds 150m to re-brand 200 of its pubs in the next 12 months. Brian Stewart, chief executive (pictured left, with Sir Alistair Grant, chairman, yesterday) said: "Our main focus of growth will be our managed estate. By next April we will have at least 600 pubs trading under our retail brands." He believes Scottish & Newcastle will benefit from the Government's decision last week to block the brewing rival Bass's takeover of Carlsberg-Tetley. "On its own Carlsberg-Tetley will continue to lose market share. Those brewers with strong brands, such as ourselves, will continue to capture that market share," he said. Mr Stewart's comments came as Scottish & Newcastle announced a 21 per cent rise in underlying pre-tax profits to pounds 374m.

BLUECHIP : Bass bitter - but buoyant

Men propose, women dispose, as the old saw has it. Margaret Beckett certainly met the bill when she blocked the merger between Bass and Carlsberg- Tetley.

Carlsberg woos Guinness

Carlsberg, the Danish brewer, is expected to offer Guinness the opportunity to buy its Carlsberg Tetley business as a means of preserving its brewing operation in the UK.

Beckett blocks brewery merger

Margaret Beckett, President of the Board of Trade, yesterday overruled the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and blocked the takeover of Carlsberg- Tetley by Bass. She ignored recommendations by the MMC that the deal could go ahead if Bass was prepared to sell 1,900 pubs, and has ordered the company to divest within three months its 50 per cent stake in Carlsberg- Tetley that it bought last August.

Beer Orders failed to shake off cartel

The blocking of the Bass bid for Carlsberg-Tetley in effect marks the end of the consolidation at the top of the brewing industry which has taken place since the controversial Beer Orders of 1989. Under that piece of legislation, the national brewers were given three years between 1989 and 1992 to sell 11,000 pubs from their tied estates which gave them a guaranteed market for their beers.

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Dance / Royal Ballet triple bill ROH, London

Balanchine detector vans patrol the globe making quite sure that any ballet company planning to perform one of the master's works has a valid licence to do so. Anthony Dowell had allowed the Royal Ballet's rights to Apollo to lapse last year but planned to revive the work this spring regardless. Oh no you don't, said the Balanchine Trust. Not only does it safeguard the steps, costumes and staging of the productions in its care, it also exercises strict quality-control over casting. Although more than happy with Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope - not to mention NYCB's Igor Zelensky, who was scheduled to guest in the ballet - the Americans were uncertain about Irek Mukhamedov. Maybe if he slimmed down? Could they give him the once-over at the final dress-rehearsal? This wasn't acceptable to Anthony Dowell, so the Trust withdrew the Royal Ballet's rights to perform the work at all and an 11th-hour substitute had to be found. Perhaps wishing to compensate Mukhamedov for the humiliating loss of Apollo, they settled on The Judas Tree, Kenneth MacMillan's dirty story of gang rape and betrayal. Whatever the technical merits of this nasty piece of work, it's a bloody strange ballet to substitute for the neo- classical masterpiece the audience had booked to see. Last Wednesday's crowd certainly seemed unhappy with the switch.

Dance: What's it all about then, Glen?

The Royal Ballet's latest bill of fare, its last before it vacates Covent Garden, was to have included a double treat of Balanchine. But an eleventh-hour kerfuffle over performing rights for Apollo forced an act of dignified defiance from a company which has clearly decided it will not be pushed around.

Ballet's grand old man returns after 17 years

The Royal Ballet will next week stage a new work by Glen Tetley, described as the last "grand old man" of international ballet. It will be the first work that the 72-year-old American choreographer, with more than 70 ballets behind him, has created in this country for 17 years.

Umpires in the dark over light

England A 453-4 dec and 173-8 dec; The Rest 350-6 dec and 9-0 Match drawn

Bass merger decision is delayed until after election

The Government yesterday dismayed competition laywers by confirming that decisions on three reports by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, including the pounds 200m deal by Bass to buy Allied Domecq's stake in Carlsberg-Tetley, will be delayed until after the election.

Cricket: Alleyne becomes captain

Mark Alleyne was yesterday appointed as Gloucestershire's new captain after talks with the England wicketkeeper, Jack Russell, broke down. Alleyne takes over from Courtney Walsh, who has Test commitments with the West Indies until the middle of the summer.
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