Goldsmiths rises on bid talks

Goldsmiths rises on bid talks

Goldsmiths soars on bid talk

SHARES IN Goldsmiths, the jewellery chain, shot up from 112p to 164p yesterday, after the group confirmed it had received a "very preliminary approach" which could lead to a bid.

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If you weren't lucky enough to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth, now is the chance to make amends. All manner of items, from elaborate tableware to simple jewellery, will be displayed in the resplendent Goldsmiths' Hall, which hosts its annual fair this week. Britain boasts many of the world's leading designers in jewellery and silversmithing: 80 will be showing their wares here, including work by Stephen Webster (below). Whatever your tastes, there will be styles, materials and prices to suit everyone. Who knows: you might find yourself in possession of tomorrow's collector's item!

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THE FAMILY of the late Sir James Goldsmith has decided to jointly fund a pounds 40m campaign against the single currency, masterminded by Eurosceptic millionaire Paul Sykes.

Letter: Anti-euro tycoons

Sir: There is something extremely distasteful about rich men seeking to use their enormous wealth to influence the democratic process. The only consolation for the rest of us is that given the Goldsmith and Perot examples, Mr Sykes will spend an awful lot of money to no avail.

Letter: Tycoon vs the euro

Sir: Businessmen like Paul Sykes who seem anxious to find ways of spending their excess fortunes should consider funding medical research or the relief of worldwide poverty instead of wasting money, like the late Sir James Goldsmith did, on lost causes.

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Investment Column: Goldsmiths extends its chain

On the face of it, Jurek Piasecki, head of jewellery retailer Goldsmiths, had little reason to smile yesterday. He revealed that the company had slipped into the red in the six months to August, with losses of just over pounds 300,000. The group's share price closed 9p down at 331.5p.
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