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Village gossip - has Bootle called off £100m sale of Capital Economics?

Thursday, 9 October 2014, 6:53 am

What has happened to strategic review of Capital Economics, the economics consultancy founded by well-known economist and Daily Telegraph commentator Roger Bootle?

Readers might recall that in June 2013 I broke the story while working at Financial News that Capital Economics had hired advisers from Quayle Munro to work on a strategic review (banker parlance for a sale)...

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Whimper...or not - part 2

Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 12:16 am

I see Hewlett-Packard yesterday indicated that it is considering further dealmaking after confirming its demerger plans...

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Pub gossip - part 5

Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 2:07 am

Scribblers round at Goldman Sachs last Friday published a particularly bearish note on Marston's, the FTSE 250 pub company, and reiterated the shares are a "conviction sell". Ouch. ..

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Pizzas and burgers

Monday, 6 October 2014, 11:48 am

Old Russell Chambers got a mention in Dominic Walsh's diary column in The Times last Friday...

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Supermarket sweep

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 9:32 pm

Mike Ashley's multi-million pound punt on Tesco has certainly caused a stir in the London market this morning...

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Hikma Pharmaceuticals eyes $1 billion purchase of CorePharma

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 2:05 am

I realise most of the dealmaking community is currently focused on the risk that some large pharmaceutical deals may collapse. But I have stumbled across a potential pharmaceutical deal that is unlikely to be affected by the US government's attempt to clamp down on corporate "tax inversions"...

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Whimper...or not

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 4:19 pm

Well, it looks like my foray into reporting on US cloud computing deals has ended with a bit of whimper...

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Performing

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 4:57 am

A rather large line of Perform stock - over 40 million shares - changed hands in almost one go at the close of the London market this evening. Investec is thought to have done a lot of the business (lucky them)...

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