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      FUJITSU‘S ROBOT ON WHEELS TO GO ON SALE AS GUIDES
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      KIA MOTORS AND UNION AGREE TO WAGE DEAL
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      KOÇ HOLDING SHARES HIT AFTER TÜPRAS ACQUISITION, PETROL–IS GOES TO COURT
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      KOÇ HOLDING SHARES HIT AFTER TÜPRAÞ ACQUISITION, PETROL–ÝÞ GOES TO COURT
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      SWEDEN‘S TELE2 LAUNCHES 1.34 BN EURO VERSATEL BID
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      TOTAL LAUNCHES NEW HIGH–OCTANE FUEL IN TURKEY
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      TURKEY‘S JULY C/A DEFICIT SOARS '7.2 PERCENT, FIRST SEVEN MONTHS HIT ANNUAL TARGET
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      VIVENDI UNIVERSAL H1 PROFIT BEATS FORECASTS
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      ANCIENT EPHESUS UNDER SEVERE THREAT OF DESTRUCTION
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      ENGLISH GET A PEEK AT TURKEY‘S BOUTIQUE HOTELS
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      FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS LEARN VALUE OF COAL
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      MOON, SUN AND YOSEMITE ALIGN FOR ENCORE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
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      PAVAROTTI RECEIVES MEDIEVAL BRITISH HONOR FOR CHARITY WORK
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      REPORT: FIRST WIFE‘S BOOK PORTRAYS JOHN LENNON AS VIOLENT
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      BODIES RAISE NEW QUESTIONS, BUSH TO ADDRESS NATION
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      DRAFT CONSTITUTION UNDERGOES 11TH HOUR MODIFICATIONS
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      IRAQI ARMY SEES TAL AFAR ASSAULT ENDING
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      PALESTINIANS TOLD TO END LOOTING, START REBUILDING
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      POLL SUGGESTS TIGHT FINISH IN GERMAN ELECTION
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      RED–GREEN ALLIANCE WIN SHOWS NORWAY WANTS WEALTH DISTRIBUTION
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      RUMSFELD SEES BROADER NATO AFGHANISTAN ROLE
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      SINKING MERKEL URGED TO REJIG TEAM
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      UN SCALES DOWN AMBITIOUS OVERHAUL PLANS FOR SUMMIT
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      E.SUN BACKS AWAY FROM TAIWAN STATE BANK SELL OFF
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 17:05 E.Sun Financial Holding broke down over union protests.

The highest bidder in last week‘s auction of 100 per cent of TBB shares had said it was willing to raise its offer and accept conditions on employee benefits from TBB‘s union, said Lin Chuan, minister of finance. But a >>>


      FRESH PRESSURE ON INDONESIA TO LIFT RATES
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 1 2005 08:44 On Thursday, the Indonesian statistics bureau announced that consumer price inflation reached 8.33 per cent in the year through August, up from 7.84 per cent in July. Economists polled by Reuters had expected 8.17 per cent.

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      JOHN GAPPER: CHINA NEEDS TO GET COPY SMART
      FT, 14-09-2005
      January 1' 2005 22:21 Along with pirated DVDs and software, and imitations of Duracell batteries and Viagra, he was indignant about the Chery QQ, a car made in Anhui Province that looks very like the Chevrolet Spark. General Motors has sued Chery for mimicking the Matiz, a small car produced by Daewoo, its South K >>>


      LEX LIVE: TELSTRA
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 14:01 On Wednesday, as the Senate approved the full privatisation of Telstra, the shares closed at A$4.36. That deals a golden duck to the government, which reckoned it could reap A$5.25 a share from the sell–off, and to investors who paid A$7.40 a share the last time Telstra sold shares.
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      NEXT FOR THE WEST ARE CARS €?MADE IN CHINA‘
      FT, 14-09-2005
      May 31 2005 20:0' For the past year or so, several Chinese car companies have been shipping vehicles to countries in the Middle East in a trial run for exports. From there, the Chinese are planning an assault on the car markets of the developed world. Chery, the most ambitious, plans to launch five specially devel >>>


      TELSTRA BATTLE LEAVES BOTH SIDES WORSE OFF
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 6 2005 17:05 Even in Australia, where people are famously forthright, there has rarely been a spectacle to match the public brawl between the top management of Telstra, the country‘s largest telecoms company and the government of Prime Minister John Howard over the sale of the government‘s remain >>>


      TELSTRA SALE CLEARS POLITICAL HURDLE
      FT, 14-09-2005
      August 25 2005 17:13 The main political obstacle to the Australian government‘s plan to sell its remaining A$30bn ($22.8bn) stake in Telstra was cleared on Thursday when a rebel senator holding the balance of power in the upper house dropped his threat to block legislation for the sale.

However, the foc >>>


      US OFFICIAL URGES CHINA TO CRACK DOWN ON PIRACY
      FT, 14-09-2005
      June 2 2005 18:54 "Intellectual property rights violations are a crime and we don‘t believe we should be negotiating crimes with our trading partners," Mr Gutierrez said in a toughly worded speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. "Everything else (including textiles) is up for negot >>>


      ANTONIO FAZIO TIMELINE
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 7 2005 14:58 Antonio Fazio, governor of the Bank of Italy, has been accused discriminating against foreign banks bidding for Italian lenders.

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      BARROSO DRIVE ON '4;€?ABSURD‘ EU LAWS
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 22:13 More than 60 draft European Union laws will be scrapped this month, as JosĂ
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      BOUYGUES RAISES FULL–YEAR SALES FORECAST AGAIN
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 08:51 Bouygues, the French conglomerate, raised its forecasts for the second time this year after a strong first half performance.

The group, which operates in the construction, telecoms and broadcasting industries, reported growth in most of its businesses in the six months to June 20.
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      BPB STIFFENS ITS RESOLVE AGAINST TAKEOVER BID
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 10:32 BPB, the leading maker of plasterboard and building plasters, on Tuesday raised earnings forecasts and laid out a stout defence against a hostile bid from French rival Saint–Gobain.

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      BRUSSELS RULING MAY HELP ENFORCE EU LEGISLATION
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 18:5' The European Commission on Tuesday won a court battle that could allow it to force governments to pursue criminal cases against those breaching European rules.

Although the court ruling by the European Court of Justice concerned a dispute over European Union environmental legislati >>>


      CDU SOWS CONFUSION OVER TAX
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 22:18 Heinrich von Pierer, Angela Merkel‘s chief economic adviser, has blamed Paul Kirchhoff, the man expected to be her finance minister, for confusing voters over the Christian Democrat‘s tax plans.

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      CYPRUS REJECTS DEAL TO EASE TURKEY‘S EU TALKS
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 03:00 Cyprus on Tuesday rejected a deal to smooth the way for membership negotiations between Turkey and the European Union – a move that could force the EU to hold an emergency meeting of foreign ministers before the scheduled start of talks on October 3.

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      DIVISIONS RISE OVER IRAN PROGRAMME
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 18:27 The US and the European Union are facing mounting difficulties in their drive to take the dispute over Iran‘s nuclear programme to the United Nations security council.

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      EADS FIRM ON LAUNCH AID FOR A350
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 22:06 EADS says it will use repayable launch aid from European governments to develop its new Airbus A350 long range aircraft, despite the fierce opposition of Boeing and the US government.

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      ECB CHIEF WARNS AGAINST ATTEMPTS TO REMOVE FAZIO
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 18:17 Jean–Claude Trichet, the European Central Bank president, made clear on Wednesday he would oppose unwarranted political attempts to remove Antonio Fazio, the Bank of Italy governor engulfed in controversy over his handling of bank takeover bids.

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      ELECTION IS STILL COMPLETELY OPEN SAYS CHANCELLOR
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 1':08 Chancellor Gerhard Schröder told German voters on Wednesday that the opposition Christian Democrats could not be trusted on tax because of "chaos" in their shadow cabinet on finance policy.

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      EU–3 SEEKS TO TAKE IRAN BEFORE UN ON NUCLEAR ISSUE
      FT, 14-09-2005
      August 31 2005 23:51 European diplomats say the countries are determined to take the issue to the UN in New York, despite the risk of veto, unless Iran stops all activities related to the enrichment of uranium.

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      EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION: IF AT FIRST YOU DON‘T SUCCEED
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 12:04 Political forces reassembling in Brussels after the summer are beginning to reveal the current state of their various reflections on the European Union‘s constitutional crisis.

In June, the European Council imposed a â€?period of reflection‘ ‫ without st >>>


      FRENCH PM UNVEILS FUEL AID AS UK SEES PANIC BUYING
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 1':07 Dominique de Villepin, French prime minister, on Tuesday moved to head off threatened protests by announcing rebates on fuel taxes for farmers and fiscal incentives for the production of environmentally friendly bio–fuels.

His announcement came as the UK, which is facing the >>>


      FRENCH PM UNVEILS FUEL AID AS UK SEES PANIC BUYING
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 1':07 Dominique de Villepin, French prime minister, on Tuesday moved to head off threatened protests by announcing rebates on fuel taxes for farmers and fiscal incentives for the production of environmentally friendly bio–fuels.

His announcement came as the UK, which is facing the >>>


      FT BRIEFING: IRAN‘S NUCLEAR PROGRAMME
      FT, 14-09-2005
      March 18 2005 16:4' FT.com takes a look at the background to the disagreement.

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      HYBRID CAR SALES SET TO ACCELERATE
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 22:42 Toyota, owner of the Lexus car brand.

It expects hybrids to make up a quarter of all Lexus vehicles sold in Europe in 2006. The expected boom in hybrid sales comes as interest in fuel–efficient hybrids is rocketing in the US, the biggest car market.

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      IRAN WEAPON ‘IS FIVE YEARS AWAY‘
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 7 2005 03:00 A London–based think–tank which has become a leading authority on the unconventional weapons capabilities of so–called "rogue states" has estimated that Iran could develop enough weapons–grade uranium to develop a nuclear weapon within five years.

But i >>>


      ITALY‘S OPPOSITION BOYCOTTS PARLIAMENT
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 17:55 Italy‘s centre–left opposition on Wednesday boycotted parliament in protest at a government proposal to overhaul the voting system just months before next year‘s national election.

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      JC DECAUX PROFITS LIFTED BY STREET FURNITURE UNIT
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 0':4' JC Decaux, the French outdoor advertising group, reported strong first half results despite flat sales in its domestic market, as its business grew in the US, Asia and some European countries.

The world‘s second–largest outdoor advertiser said its revenues for the s >>>


      MARTIN WOLF: EUROPEANS CAN LOOK TO EACH OTHER
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 20:5' What is true is that, in Europe, the birth–pangs of the modern economy were slow and agonising. Moreover, those who suffered were not enthusiastic immigrants, as in the US (with the crucial exception of black slaves), but suspicious peasants. After many disasters, Europeans struck a s >>>


      OBSERVER – EUROPE
      FT, 14-09-2005
      13 2005 21:37 Blair enters summit maze After avoiding a second summit in Brussels during the six–month British presidency of the European Union, Tony Blair has finally found a fitting location for his informal gathering of EU leaders on home soil next month.

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      OLYMPIC AIRLINES SUFFERS SALE SETBACK
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 12:20 The decision is a blow to plans to sell the debt–laden Olympic Airlines to a Greek–American investor group.

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      ORANGE REVOLUTION‘S BITTER AFTERTASTE WORRIES BUSINESS
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 21:45 Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine‘s president who last week sacked his government including Yulia Tymoshenko, his glamorous prime minister, has given himself a new chance to end his country‘s political turmoil.

It could be his last opportunity to deal with the uncertainty which ha >>>


      ORANGE REVOLUTION‘S BITTER AFTERTASTE WORRIES BUSINESS
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 21:45 Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine‘s president who last week sacked his government including Yulia Tymoshenko, his glamorous prime minister, has given himself a new chance to end his country‘s political turmoil.

It could be his last opportunity to deal with the uncertainty which ha >>>


      RYANAIR TO OPEN NEW UK BASES
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 18:01 Ryanair, the leading European low cost airline, is expanding its presence in the UK and Ireland by establishing new operating bases at Nottingham East Midlands and Cork airports.

The Irish carrier has the broadest presence across Europe of any airline with 15 bases in seven countries i >>>


      SCHRöDER‘S LEGACY POISED TO BEAR FRUIT
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 18:54 Three days before the German election it seems inconceivable that Gerhard Schröder‘s red–green coalition of Social Democrats and Greens will hold on to power.

The Christian Democrats‘ campaign, painting Mr Schröder as the chancellor who failed to reform Eu >>>


      SCHRöDER FEELS COLD SHOULDER OF MEDIA‘S SHIFT TO RIGHT
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 22:52 Gerhard Schröder is squirming in an unfamiliar role these days. The "media chancellor", famed for his ease in the limelight, is no longer the media‘s darling – and is snarling back.

At the end of Monday‘s television clash with his conservative challeng >>>


      WILY SIEMENS CHIEF BACKS DISCREET REFORM
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 03:00 "I have never courted public confrontation," says Heinrich von Pierer as he tucks into a slice of moist plum pie and casts a pensive gaze at the baroque spires of Munich‘s Theatiner Church.

An odd remark coming from the chairman of Siemens, one of Germany‘s larges >>>


      KHODORKOVSKY APPEAL ADJOURNED AFTER LAWYER TAKEN ILL
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 16:14 Mikhail Khodorkovsky‘s appeal against a conviction for fraud was adjourned until September 1' on Wednesday after the former tycoon‘s main lawyer was admitted to hospital.

According to a document read out in court, Genrikh Padva had been taken to hospital two days earlie >>>


      EU–3 SEEKS TO TAKE IRAN BEFORE UN ON NUCLEAR ISSUE
      FT, 14-09-2005
      August 31 2005 23:51 European diplomats say the countries are determined to take the issue to the UN in New York, despite the risk of veto, unless Iran stops all activities related to the enrichment of uranium.

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      FT BRIEFING: IRAN‘S NUCLEAR PROGRAMME
      FT, 14-09-2005
      March 18 2005 16:4' FT.com takes a look at the background to the disagreement.

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      IRAN WEAPON ‘IS FIVE YEARS AWAY‘
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 7 2005 03:00 A London–based think–tank which has become a leading authority on the unconventional weapons capabilities of so–called "rogue states" has estimated that Iran could develop enough weapons–grade uranium to develop a nuclear weapon within five years.

But i >>>


      BOUYGUES RAISES FULL–YEAR SALES FORECAST AGAIN
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 08:51 Bouygues, the French conglomerate, raised its forecasts for the second time this year after a strong first half performance.

The group, which operates in the construction, telecoms and broadcasting industries, reported growth in most of its businesses in the six months to June 20.
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      BPB STIFFENS ITS RESOLVE AGAINST TAKEOVER BID
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 10:32 BPB, the leading maker of plasterboard and building plasters, on Tuesday raised earnings forecasts and laid out a stout defence against a hostile bid from French rival Saint–Gobain.

Responding to the offer document from Saint–Gobain that values the UK group at 720p–a& >>>


      CHINA TO PRODUCE '4;€?MORAL‘ INTERNET GAMES
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 23:27 The games are part of a broad effort by Beijing to promote nationalist feeling and "moral education" among a youth increasingly exposed to entertainment and computer games with values seen as deeply suspect by culture commissars.

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      CRUDE EDGES HIGHER AHEAD OF US INVENTORIES
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 12:2' Oil prices edged modestly higher ahead on Wednesday of the release of the latest weekly inventory figures from the US government which are expected to show a sharp drop in both crude and gasoline stocks following Hurricane Katrina.

A survey by Reuters showed crude inventories are e >>>


      DELTA, NORTHWEST ON BRINK OF CHAPTER 11
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 00:36 Delta Air Lines, the third–largest US carrier by revenues, is on Tuesday expected to file for bankruptcy protection today, as the board of Northwest, its smaller rival, meets to examine strategic options ahead of its own possible filing.

Delta has lined up debtor–in–p >>>


      DOLLAR AWAITS DATA FOR DIRECTION
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 11:54 The dollar was steady on Wednesday as the market awaited the latest US data for hints on the outlook for interest rates.

The greenback found some support on Tuesday from a narrower–than–feared US trade deficit figure. A record figure above $60bn had been expected due to the >>>


      EUROPEAN EQUITIES RECLAIM SOME LOST GROUND
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 10:3' European stocks on Wednesday reclaimed a little of the previous session‘s losses as oil prices steadied around $63 a barrel, and as takeover speculation focused on defence electronics company Thales.

In early trade, the FTSE Eurofirst 300 was up 0.3 per cent to 1,204.33, whil >>>


      GE SET TO SELL SOME TRADITIONAL BUSINESSES
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 22:06 General Electric is preparing to restructure or sell parts of its historic industrial businesses in a fresh strategy aimed at unlocking shareholder value within the US conglomerate.

John Rice, one of three new vice–chairmen recently promoted by chairman Jeffrey Immelt, hopes to r >>>


      GOOGLE LAUNCHES BLOG SEARCH TOOL
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 15:10 Google, the world‘s largest web search provider, has launched a tool to search postings on weblogs, the journal–style websites that number in the millions.

Blog Search is Google‘s first significant move in the blog arena since buying Pyra, the publisher of leading blo >>>


      KKR TO OPEN ITS FIRST ASIAN OFFICES
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 23:32 The move, expected to be announced on Wednesday, follows a sharp rise in interest from large buy–out groups in Asia this year. "While the private equity industry is still quite young, our focus is on the long–term opportunity," said Joseph Bae, KKR‘s managing directo >>>


      LAMY STANDS BY PLAN TO COMPLETE DOHA TALKS IN 2006
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 1':0' Pascal Lamy, new head of the World Trade Organisation, insisted on Wednesda that his goal remained an ambitious interim trade deal at the WTO ministerial meeting in Hong Kong in three months‘ time that would allow completion of the Doha trade talks in 2006.

"The basi >>>


      LENOVO TO FOCUS ON GROWTH
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 18:58 Lenovo, China‘s biggest computer maker, aims to grow at twice the industry growth rate over the next five years, according to its chairman, Yang Yuanqing.

Lenovo, which acquired IBM‘s loss–making PC division, including the ThinkPad range of high–end portables fo >>>


      LLOYD‘S ESTIMATES EXPOSURE TO KATRINA AT ?1.4BN
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 16:07 In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, Lloyd‘s said its provisional estimate of its overall exposure to Katrina is '4;Ł1.4bn ($2.55bn). Such a scale of loss would be comparable to that suffered by the Lloyd‘s market in four US windstorms last year.

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      LOMBARD: SHELL VERDICT HAS WIDER RAMIFICATIONS
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 21:22 Yet because his application fell at the first hurdle, more significant obstacles may still trip up the regulator in its efforts to combine fast action against companies with pursuit of individuals.

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      LONDON INCHES HIGHER AS VODAFONE SUPPORTS
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 10:48 London equities edged higher on Wednesday thanks to strength in Vodafone, but stocks like Diageo and Scottish & Newcastle trading ex–dividend weighed on the senior index.

By midday, the FTSE 100 was up just 2.' points at 5,341.8, while the FTSE 250 rose 6.2 points to 7,83 >>>


      LONE STAR PLANS TOKYO STAR BANK IPO
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 14:04 The US fund acquired the bank in 2001 for $33'm and has implemented an aggressive restructuring programme that has returned the bank to profitability after it nearly collapsed under the weight of its bad debts at the end of 2000.

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      MARKET INSIGHT: GRADUATING TO THE TOP TABLE
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 16:48 The Kospi benchmark index has jumped 30 per cent this year (and '.2 per cent this month) to a record 1,170.77 on Wednesday, making the Korean stock market the best performer in Asia. The upward momentum is likely to continue, analysts believe, as most Korean shares are still undervalued and >>>


      MICROSOFT OVERHAULS KEY SOFTWARE PLATFORMS
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 00:07 Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled the biggest design overhaul in ten years for its main PC software applications including Word and PowerPoint, signalling its latest attempt to overcome a problem that has become increasingly acute: that most users are happy with current versions of the software and >>>


      MIXED DATA KEEP TREASURY TRADERS QUIET
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 18:32 US Treasuries were steady as investors digested mixed economic data and continued to mull the chance of an interest rate rise next week.

The US Federal Reserve‘s rate policy–setting committee meets next Tuesday. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, a quarter–point rate rise ha >>>


      MORGAN STANLEY SEEKS UNIT HEAD
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 00:25 Mr Mack asked Owen Thomas, who heads Morgan Stanley‘s real estate division, to add the responsibility of serving as Mitchell Merin‘s replacement as head of investment management until a successor could be found.

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      OLYMPIC AIRLINES SUFFERS SALE SETBACK
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 12:20 The decision is a blow to plans to sell the debt–laden Olympic Airlines to a Greek–American investor group.

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      FT, 14-09-2005
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      RYANAIR TO OPEN NEW UK BASES
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 18:01 Ryanair, the leading European low cost airline, is expanding its presence in the UK and Ireland by establishing new operating bases at Nottingham East Midlands and Cork airports.

The Irish carrier has the broadest presence across Europe of any airline with 15 bases in seven countries i >>>


      SONY COUNTS ON NEW TV RANGE FOR RECOVERY
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 13:18 Sony on Wednesday unveiled its new range of flat–screen TVs that it hopes will boost its share of the Japanese market and speed the recovery of its electronics operations.

The launch comes just a week before Sony announces a new mid–term strategy aimed at revitalising the g >>>


      STRONG PROGRESS AT MILLER GROUP
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 18:05 The Edinburgh–based company increased profits, before interest and disposals of fixed assets, by 28 per cent to '4;Ł41.1m in the six months to June 30.

Pre–tax profits rose by 63 per cent to '4;Ł38.7m, boosted by exceptional profits of '4; >>>


      THE SHORT VIEW: SHOULD BOND YIELDS BE HIGHER?
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005
15:57 Foreign investors have been speculating about a sharp rise in Japanese bond yields but they have been repeatedly disappointed (just like those betting on lasting recovery in the Tokyo stock market). Domestic investors, who receive virtually a zero yield on cash, have been happy to hold bond >>>


      TOP EX–MICROSOFT EMPLOYEE TO WORK FOR GOOGLE
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 00:12 Microsoft employee was cleared on Tuesday by a US court to start work for arch–rival Google, though with limitations on what he can do pending a more in–depth legal hearing.

Both companies rushed to claim victory after the latest phase of a case which has come to symbolize >>>


      TULLOW OIL PROFITS QUADRUPLE AND OUTPUT DOUBLES
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 08:47 Tullow Oil doubled production and quadrupled pre–tax profits in the first half, demonstrating it had digested Energy Africa, the South Africa–based exploration and production company it bought for about $500m last year.

The record performance was also enabled by further str >>>


      WALL STREET FLAT AS INVESTORS EYE AIRLINES
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 15:15 Wall Street stocks traded mixed on Wednesday morning, as investors awaited news about whether Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines would file for bankruptcy protection.

In the meantime, retail sales were shown to have dropped by a larger–than–expected 2.1 per cent in Augu >>>


      WRIGLEY UNVEILS EXPANSION PLANS
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 23:42 Wrigley on Tuesday signalled that it would accelerate expansion beyond its core chewing gum business by opening a "global innovation centre" where the company will develop a full range of confectionary products.

The 104–year old company is facing increased competition f >>>


      BETTER DEAL ON STORE CARD RATES ENVISAGED
      FT, 14-09-2005
      February 3 2005 03:00 Store card providers could charge consumers cheaper interest rates, documents released by the Competition Commission have indicated.

The commission, which is investigating the £4.5bn market, fears that retailers and banks could be profiting from the level of interest rates charged >>>


      LEX LIVE: UK STORE CARDS
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 14 2005 14:01 More than half the people who use them do not pay off their balance in full each month and take on credit. And that credit, the Competition Commission said on Wednesday, costs between 10 to 20 per cent more than it should.

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      UK HEALTHCARE REFORMS WILL NOT LIFT STANDARDS
      FT, 14-09-2005
      September 13 2005 20:5' As consumers, we know that competitive markets usually deliver lower prices, higher quality and greater innovation than markets where one or two providers have become dominant. As patients, we are about to be guinea pigs in a huge experiment designed to see if the same desirable outcomes ca >>>


      EUROPEAN UNION MULLS FRUIT TARIFF EXEMPTION
      FT, 14-09-2005
      May 24 2005 17:57 Mr Mandelson‘s comment, made to the European parliament, was one of the opening bids in what trade negotiators say is likely to be a long and fraught process of designating products to receive special treatment under an eventual global trade agreement. Such items, known as "sensitive produ >>>


      KIMBERLY–CLARK EXPLORES BUDGET SUPERMARKET SALES
      FT, 14-09-2005
      August 28 2005 22:00 Kimberly–Clark, one of the largest US consumer goods companies, is in talks with German discount store Lidl about selling its products on the chain‘s shelves in Europe for the first time.

The development comes only months after rival Procter & Gamble started selling Pamper >>>



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