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Pyramid selling is what has driven Albania to anarchy. But in Britain, pyramid selling means shifting tea, pounds 500m-worth of it. By PT Meard

Cricket: England chief's comments leave bitter taste

Just days after the England hierarchy decided that Test players needed a charm school to improve their image, the country's top administrator conjured up a public relations disaster on two fronts.

Brewery recalls CO2 cylinders

A brewery last night recalled carbon dioxide cylinders used to pour pints in pubs after tests revealed a trace of radioactivity.

Century Inns adds 65 pubs to portfolio

Century Inns, the rapidly expanding pub operator, yesterday announced the purchase of another 65 tenanted pubs from the Pub Partnership Company for pounds 9.1m cash. The deal takes Century's estate of pubs to 422.

Travel: Is this the North's new style capital?

Once the domain of the cloth cap, Tetley's and the Bronte sisters, these days it's Harvey Nicks, alco-pop and... the Bronte sisters. Welcome to Leeds. By Sarah Gracie

MMC in firing line over Bass probe

The Monopolies and Mergers Commission has been hit by a row over a senior member of its high-level team investigating brewer Bass's pounds 200m takeover of rival Carlsberg-Tetley.

Bass bid for Carlsberg-Tetley referred to the MMC

The attempt by Bass to recover its position as Britain's biggest brewer was put on ice yesterday after its proposed acquisition of Carlsberg- Tetley was referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. The MMC has until March to investigate the pounds 200m deal, which would see Bass leapfrog Scottish & Newcastle into the beerage's top slot.

City & Business: Actions louder than words at Grand Met

Grand Metropolitan's impressive underlying trading performance will be marred this week, when it reports results for the year to September, by an ugly pounds 500m loss on disposals.

Cricket: Giles teaches Academy a spinning lesson

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OFT set to deliver report on Bass deal to Lang

Ian Lang, President of the Board of Trade, is due to receive the Office of Fair Trading's long-awaited report on the pounds 200m takeover of Carlsberg- Tetley by Bass tomorrow.

Allied won't demerge

Allied Domecq chairman Sir Christopher Hogg has decided not to split the drinks company into separate spirits and retailing firms, despite pressure from the stock market and City analysts.

Greenalls shares lack sparkle; The Investment Column

Despite being one of the market's success stories during the 1990s, pub and hotel group Greenalls always seems to provide analysts with something to worry about. If it isn't depreciation charges on pub freeholds or indifferent summer weather or suspect cashflow, it is the merger of Bass and Carlsberg- Tetley and the effect that will have on the price of beer.

OFT to call for referral of Bass bid for Tetley

The Office of Fair Trading is to recommend that the Government refers the proposed takeover of Carlsberg-Tetley by Bass to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

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Bass yesterday confirmed the dramatic success of Hoopers Hooch, the company's alcoholic lemonade that is estimated to have taken about 70 per cent of the fast-growing and controversial market for so-called alcopops.
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