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Shares in Sedgwick Group rose by 5p to 146p as the firm posted a 6 per cent increase in pre-tax profits for 1997. Pre-tax profits grew to £101.2m from £95.5m in 1996 but the strength of sterling hit the figures by £10.2m.


The PIC of the bunch?

One of the greatest challenges facing the UK as the millennium approaches is support for its ageing population. It is already becoming clear that ensuring that individuals are self-sufficient in retirement is high on the Government&#39s agenda. Consumer surveys still show a worrying lack of knowledge regarding the question of post-retirement provision and, more worryingly, […]

Credit-impaired loans from Verso

Verso is rolling out two mortgages targeted at borrowers with poor credit ratings as part of its drive into the IFA market. Launched by Britannia Building Society with £6m investment, Verso is dedicated to the IFA market. Its Rent and Buy product lets borrowers move house and rent out their old property. Borrowers repurchasing or […]

Mark Page: why my biggest overweight stock is a discount Spanish retailer

Artemis European Opportunities Fund manager Mark Page is questioned about the merits of investing in Spanish supermarket group, Dia. Dia is a 7,000-store Spanish discount supermarket chain. But with cheaper food prices coming on to the market and an improving Spanish economy, journalist Alexis Xydias questions Mark about its inclusion in the Artemis European Opportunities […]


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