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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Student Life: OK, who nicked the toilet seat?

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Preview: Event - Goldsmiths' fair

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!

Goldsmiths fund Sykes' anti-euros

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.

Tycoon plans anti-euro campaign

A MULTI-MILLION pound campaign against Britain's entry to the European single currency is to be launched by Paul Sykes, the millionaire Euro-sceptic businessman.

Opera: How big is your aria?

First 'Madam Butterfly' at the Albert Hall, now a vast 'Aida' at Earl's Court: Nick Kimberley has seen the future of opera, and it's as big as stadium rock

Correction: Peter Goldsmith QC

Peter Goldsmith QC

Science: A wheel of fear in our head

Jerome Burne hears of the dramatic insights into the working of emotion yielded by a study of rats

The ghost ship that refused to come back from the dead

Kathy Marks looks into the twilight zone of the Goodwins

Last-minute shoppers dispel some of the retail gloom

The outlook for high street sales brightened yesterday as two retailers released upbeat Christmas trading statements, suggesting the recent gloom about the sector had been overdone.

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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