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Bernanke’s
BA STRIKE OFF BUT nomination
UNION FIGHTS ON approved


BANKING
BY KAREN ATTWOOD
AVIATION BEN Bernanke’s nomination to a sec-

BY LORA COVENTRY ond term as head of the US Federal


Reserve was approved by a Senate
A WINTER walk-out by cabin crew at panel yesterday despite fierce opposi-
ailing airline British Airways was yes- tion from some lawmakers.
terday declared illegal by the High Members of the Senate Banking
Court. Committee voted 16 to seven in favour
The Court’s judge Mrs Justice Cox of Bernanke continuing in his role fol-
sided with the carrier, saying that the lowing a two-hour debate that was full
Unite union had not correctly ballot- of both praise for and criticism of the
ed its members on the strike action. Fed chief.
BA had argued that the union took Bernanke is now likely to be
votes from staff who had left the air- approved when the nomination pro-
line. ceeds to the Senate floor for a full
The injunction means that cabin vote, some time in January.
crew, who are up in arms over propos- Six of the seven “no” votes came
als to cut the number of crew on all from Republicans with one Democrat
flights, cap pay, and reduce remuner- also opposed to Bernanke’s second
ation for newly hired workers, cannot term.
strike as planned for 12 days over Among them, Senator Richard
Christmas. Shelby of Alabama, the top-ranking
BA is desperately seeking to restruc- Republican on the committee, said: “I
ture as it tackles a £3.7bn pension strongly disapprove of some of the
deficit and slumping demand for past deeds of the Federal Reserve
travel in the recession. while Ben Bernanke was a member
The union called the ruling “a dis- and its chairman, and I lack confi-
graceful day for democracy” and dence in what little planning for the
pledged to re-ballot its crew if the dis- future he has articulated.”
pute was not resolved. Chief executive Willie Walsh has been in a fierce battle with union leaders Picture: GETTY Many ordinary Americans have
BA welcomed the news, saying the been disgusted by Wall Street bailouts
decision would “be welcomed by hun- Tony Woodley fell apart earlier in the needs to restructure to be profitable,” of £20,200 at easyJet and £14,400 at and the handling of the financial cri-
dreds of thousands of families in the week. he added. Virgin Atlantic Airlines, airline body sis which had fed an unusually high
UK and around the world.” “The cabin crew were ill-advised to Analysts estimated the strike the Civil Aviation Authority said. level of opposition to Bernanke's nom-
The airline met with the union yes- strike at such a crucial period,” avia- would have cost the airline around Meanwhile, there was further good ination.
terday for further frantic talks to tion expert and guest lecturer at City £30m a day, with around 1m passen- news for Christmas holiday-makers The nomination came a day after
resolve the dispute, supervised by con- University Michael O’Donovan said. gers affected and 7,000 flights yesterday, as a proposed walkout of Bernanke was voted Time magazine’s
ciliation service Acas, after a meeting “The union is led by a group of mili- grounded. Eurostar drivers, which was set to Person of the Year and the Fed voted to
between chief executive Willie Walsh tants who are of the old school – they The average pay for BA cabin crew take place today and tomorrow, was keep interest rates on hold at 0.25 per
and the union’s general secretary don’t seem to understand that BA is £29,900, compared with an average called off. cent.

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It will be easy to lose money this year NEWS | IN BRIEF


BlackBerry’s profits surge
Research In Motion (RIM) posted a big
jump in profit and issued an even
in the US; and many investors made a increasing consumer price inflation. labour – did not happen. stronger outlook yesterday, as sturdy
killing in gold, the fixed income mar- Even if the UK economy grows by 1- What wasn’t avoided was a gener- demand from holiday shoppers helped
kets and emerging markets. Some 1.5 per cent in 2010, it is hard to see alised loss of confidence in capitalism, the BlackBerry maker fend off the com-
individual equities did extremely well: how these negative factors will be however: after every recession, ordi- petition. For its third quarter, ended 28
Barclays is a case in point. Its price fell avoided. The only ray of light will be nary voters turn against business, fin- November, RIM said profit rose to
far too low on misplaced fears – in globalised firms: because the FTSE 100 anciers and the wealthy; they did so in $628.4m , or $1.10 a share, from
some cases fuelled by the media – that is now so dependent on global sales – the 1930s, in the early 1990s and in $396.3m, or 69 cents a share, a year
it was finished. It turned out instead and no longer represents the UK econ- the early noughties after Enron and earlier. Revenue rose 41 per cent to
EDITOR’S LETTER to be one of the great winners from omy – it could outperform again. The the dot.com bubble. But this time it is $3.92bn . RIM sold more than 10 million
the crunch, delivering huge returns. consensus 10 per cent rise estimated far worse: we are going back to puni- BlackBerry phones during the third
ALLISTER HEATH But while 2009 was a bizarre year in a poll of analysts this week may not tive tax rates on all high earners, with quarter, beating the previous record of
for investors, 2010 will be more turn out to be true; but it is certainly more likely to come next year. The 8.3 million, set during the second quar-
ONE of the great paradoxes of 2009 straightforward. The name of the in the realm of the feasible. Life will be biggest single tax threat to investors – ter.
was that economic meltdown went game will be to combine wealth tougher for the more UK-centric com- apart from more windfall levies on
hand in hand with strong gains for preservation with an ability to jump panies. Yesterday’s surprise decline in banks and high earners – is that capi- Stanford trial date set
many investors. After a disastrous few on some of the many opportunities November retail sales won’t be the last tal gains tax might be hiked in 2010. Alleged swindler Allen Stanford will
months when everybody was pricing that will be available to make good such shock. Looking further afield, I’m even spend more than a year in custody after
in the end of civilisation, stock mar- returns. Property will be very tricky We were also very lucky in another more worried about geopolitical risk. a US judge yesterday set his criminal
kets bounced back, house prices start- this year; the bond markets could eas- way in 2009, despite the collapse in The Iran question has been in the trial for January 2011. “This criminal
ed to rise again and many traders ily be trashed if gilt yields surge as a output. protectionism remains under background for several years now; at case is going to get under way and it is
made vast returns. result of the end of quantitative eas- control; the gains of globalisation some point it is likely to flare up. The going to go on schedule,” US District
As I wrote yesterday, some of these ing combined with a continued crip- have not been reversed. Some coun- consequences could be devastating – Judge David Hittner said at a court
increases in asset prices were misguid- pling budget deficit. Higher interest tries have imposed some capital con- and not just for the price of oil. hearing. The date was a compromise
ed – especially house prices, which are rates will depress equity valuations in trols but a real backlash – a relapse Investors must beware: compared between Stanford's attorneys, who said
once again over-valued. Others, howev- standard models (by cutting the value into autarky, huge tariffs, the dismem- with 2009, it will be harder to make they wanted the trial to start in summer
er, were more justified: stock markets today of future cash flows). Cash rates bering of global financial institutions, money this year – and even easier to 2011, and US prosecutors, who pushed
are not especially pricey either here or will remain low and be depressed by the deglobalisation of capital and lose some. allister.heath@cityam.com for a September 2010 date.

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Art Director Darren Soulsby BY KAREN ATTWOOD agreement last month to form a 50- Tube Lines Chairman David Begg will hunt for a new CEO Picture: REX
Pictures Alice Hepple 50 joint venture that would grab the

Tube Lines in £1.5bn hole


THE proposed merger of Orange and top spot in Britain with a market
Commercial T-Mobile could curb competition and share of 37 per cent.
Sales Director Jeremy Slattery hurt consumers, regulator Ofcom has Ofcom said most stakeholders who
Deputy Sales Director Harry Owen warned. provided input for a report on the
Head of Distribution Nick Owen Ofcom said it was satisfied that
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to competition between the country’s executive of Ofcom, TRANSPORT Northern and Piccadilly lines, from

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to go ahead. Orange merger may be TUBE Lines chairman David Begg said vate partnership arbiter Chris Bolt
Editorial Statement The regulator has no direct author- bad for the market last night he was frustrated his chief said Tube Lines would have to find an
ity to approve mergers but it said it executive Dean Finch is leaving the extra £1.5bn in the seven-and-a-half
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WHAT THE OTHER PAPERS SAY THIS MORNING


MOUCHEL BID DEFENCE BUOYED BY
M&G SUPPORT
Mouchel’s defence against a £380m
STRICKEN SCOTTISH AIRLINE’S £30M ($613m) takeover approach from VT BIG INVESTORS CALL FOR INQUIRY EX-LEHMAN BROTHERS STAFF TO COURT BATTLE SHINES A LIGHT ON AIG
IN QUESTION Group was bolstered when its largest INTO BANKS’ FEES FOR M&A WORK SHARE $50M BONUS BONANZA UNIT
Administrators of Globespan, the col- shareholder came out in support of Some of the City’s most influential A group of former Lehman Brothers A Canadian real-estate investment
lapsed Scottish airline that has left the target’s board. After holding a shareholders are demanding a com- employees working to wind-up the firm that sued American
thousands of passengers stranded meeting with Mouchel’s manage- petition inquiry into the fees charged remnants of the collapsed investment International Group over a 25-year
abroad, were investigating last night ment, M&G Investment Management by investment banks on takeover bank are in line to share in a $50m swap deal is taking part in a litigation
why £30m of its funds were being – which has an 11.4 per cent stake – deals, The Times has learnt. Investors (£31m) Christmas bonus pot. "lottery" to avoid paying $1.2 billion
held by E-Clear, the company that told the Financial Times that the are preparing an assault on the “exor- Approximately 230 bankers working cash to AIG, the insurer alleged in
handles its credit card transactions. maintenance group “enjoys our com- bitant” fees of advisers on both sides to settle Lehman's $10bn-plus deriva- court papers filed late yesterday.
Bruce Cartwright, of PwC, said he plete support”. of company takeovers. tives portfolio will share in the pay- Lawyers for AIG asked a federal dis-
understood that about half that out, after it was approved by a US trict court in New York to dismiss a
amount might be recoverable for CD&R IN POLE POSITION FOR BCA BUY- BANKS TOLD CRISIS COULD HAVE BEEN bankruptcy judge. lawsuit from Brookfield Asset
creditors of the Edinburgh-based OUT AVOIDED WITH LOWER BONUSES Management.
group. Clayton Dublier & Rice, the US private The Bank of England heaped fresh DAWSON HOLDINGS CLIMBS AS IT
equity group, has entered exclusive pressure on banks to curb staff bonus- AGREES NEW BANKING FACILITY PRIVACY GROUPS FILE COMPLAINT ON
AADB IN FRESH EQUITABLE PROBE talks to acquire British Car Auctions es as it calculated that the entire tax- Shares in Dawson Holdings jumped FACEBOOK
The disciplinary arm of the Financial in a deal valuing Europe’s biggest payer-funded rescue might have been 23 per cent on Thursday after the Ten privacy and consumer groups
Reporting Council has launched an vehicle reselling network at about unnecessary if bonuses and dividends newspaper and magazine distributor announced they've filed a complaint
investigation into the actions of an £400m. The acquisiton of BCA, which had been shaved by as little as a fifth said it had agreed new banking facili- with the US Federal Trade
unnamed Scottish qualified account- is owned by Montagu Private Equity, in the years before the crisis. British ties. Dawson said it had signed the Commission alleging that Facebook
ant involved with Equitable Life in would be the latest sign that private banks could have piled up an extra agreements with GE Capital and privacy-policy changes violate federal
the late 1990s. It is the third such equity groups are making deals after £75 billion to strengthen their bal- Barclays "well ahead" of the end of a law. The groups are urging the FTC
investigation related to Equitable in a virtual hiatus in buy-outs in the ance sheets between 2000 and 2008 180-day "standstill agreement" with its "to open an investigation into the
the past year. past year. by showing a little more restraint. creditors. recent changes made by Facebook”.
CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009 News 3

LEBEDEV TARGETS INDIE


Ireland beats the UK to
pull out of the recession
ALEXANDER
Lebedev, the former
KGB agent who
owns the Evening
Standard, is back
in talks with
Independent News Ireland as a European base were


WORLD ECONOMY
& Media, the stripped out, the underlying figure
group that owns
BY HARRY BANKS for gross national product was a
the Independent IRELAND’s troubled economy record- decline of 1.4 per cent.
and Independent ed 0.3 per cent growth in the third GDP was down 7.4 per cent in the
on Sunday titles. quarter, pulling out of recession third quarter on an annualised basis,
The Indie titles and ahead of the UK despite a savage con- while industrial production was
the Standard are traction over the previous year. down 10 per cent, investment was
all located at The former Celtic tiger economy down 35 per cent and construction
DMGT’s offices in beat market expectations of a 0.1 per was down 34 per cent.
High Street cent rise for the three months to Bill Keating, assistant director gen-
Kensington. September. However, analysts were eral of Ireland’s Central Statistics
cautious, pointing out that once prof- Office, refused to call an end to the
Picture: REUTERS its made by multinationals using recession at a press conference.

Business fund
in doubt as
banks pull out
fund was announced in the pre-budg-

BANKING
et report.
BY KAREN ATTWOOD
However, so far only the two state-
THE government’s proposed fund to backed banks – Lloyds Banking Group
stimulate lending to businesses was and Royal Bank of Scotland – have
in trouble last night after it emerged agreed to pay up. Lloyds and RBS may
a number of major banks may refuse put in as much as £200m between
to contribute amid a row over them.
bankers’ bonuses. US banks Citigroup, Goldman
Standard Chartered has already Sachs and Morgan Stanley are
turned down ministers’ requests to thought to be undecided yet
provide at least £25m to support the although they have had meetings
launch of the National Investment with Lord Mandelson, the Business
Corporation (NIC) and it is thought Secretary, and Chancellor Alistair
Barclays and US investment banks Darling to discuss the issue.
may follow suit. The City has warned there may be a
A Barclays spokesman said: “We are flight of key players overseas to avoid
considering the proposal that has the tougher legislation.
been put to us.” But a senior Bank of England offi-
Standard Chartered is not a major cial yesterday said that if some banks
lender to the UK and focuses on Asia, migrated overseas “it might be a price
Africa and the Middle East. worth paying” in order to protect the
But it is thought the government’s reform of the financial system.
announcement last week that it plans Andy Haldane, the Bank’s head of
to introduce a 50 per cent tax on dis- financial stability, told the BBC World
cretionary bonuses is a key reason Service that there were advantages in
why banks are veering away from the UK acting alone.
contributing to the NIC’s growth cap- Deutsche Bank said yesterday it
ital fund for small and medium sized would spread the pain of the super-
businessed. tax on bonuses among its staff
Ministers asked banks to con- around the world as it would be
tribute £25m to £35m each after the unfair to treat UK workers differently.

NEWS | IN BRIEF
EADS cleared of insider trading on a public relations drive to Washington.
Defence and aerospace giant EADS was Earlier this week, Dubai's wealthier
cleared of insider trading last night along
with current and former executives. The
neighbour and fellow member of the
United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, lent it
Kinetic Direct Drive
probe was triggered after EADS suffered $10 bn to meet Dubai World's obligations
a 26 per cent fall in its share price in until the end of April and stave off a
June 2006 after announcing worsening bond default by Nakheel, developer of its
delays in deliveries of its A380 superjum- palm-shaped islands.
bo. France's AMF regulator said it had But confidence remains shaky, with syn-
not found any evidence that 17 people dicated lending at a five-year low
who exercised share options in the weeks
and months beforehand knew about the Eurostar drivers call off strike
problems threatening Europe's largest Eurostar train drivers have called off a
industrial project when they sold shares. 48-hour strike after accepting a new
The news ended a three-year probe that offer in a row over expenses. About 70
has cast a pall over the group. drivers belonging to the union Aslef are
still planning to walk out from midnight
Dubai tries to restore reputation with further strikes planned for 26 and
Dubai scrambled to restore its reputation 27 December. The Transport Salaried
yesterday assuring investors that major Staffs Association said its 20 train man-
property and leisure projects would go agers would now be working as normal
ahead as it dispatched two top officials on Friday and Saturday.
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CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009 News 5

RBS Sempra
BoA finally deal may close
names insider in New Year

for its top job


BANKING


THE sale of RBS Sempra, the com-
modities business owned by the
beleaguered Royal Bank of Scotland,
could be completed as early as
January, sources said yesterday.
Four players – thought to be
Moynihan, 50, had also been criti- Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital,

BANKING
BY JOHN DUNNE cised by a US congressional commit- Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley –
tee over his response to a grilling over have entered the closing stage of bid-
BANK of America (BoA) has promoted the bank’s purchase of Merrill Lynch. Brian Moynihan named as chief executive at BoA Picture: REUTERS ding. Although Deutsche Bank was
Brian Moynihan as its new chief exec- US House Rules and Oversight reported to be a frontrunner, it is
utive to be given the task of nursing Committee chairman Edolphus understood the field is still open.
the stricken lender back to health.
The appointment of Moynihan –
Towns claimed the banker “didn’t
show the kind of leadership the bank
A ROCKY RESCUE years after Merrill lost more than
$15bn in the fourth quarter.
RBS has been ordered to divest
itself of assets over the coming four
who heads the bank’s retail division – would seem to need.” 15 SEPT 2008: years by the European Commission
follows the retirement of Kenneth The new chief, who will officially After a frenetic weekend of negotia- 29 APRIL 2009: under the terms of the state aid rul-
Lewis. His promotion comes after the take over on 1 January, said he did not tions BoA agrees to buy Merrill Lynch Lewis stripped of chairmanship. BoA ing imposed in November. Bankers
bank posted two quarterly losses in envisage any major changes at the saving it from collapse in a $50bn board member Walter Massey is have put a $3bn (£1.8bn) price tag on
the past year after 20 consecutive bank, but wants to look forward. (£31bn) takeover. Lehman Brothers named chairman. RBS Sempra, but it is thought RBS is
profit-making years. Moynihan said: “We need to put files for bankruptcy. hoping to get up to $4bn from a sale.
The conglomerate’s board had the last 18 months behind us. Now is 30 SEPT 2009: Sempra Energy, RBS’ partner in the
searched for a chief executive for four the time to execute. 17 DEC 2008: Lewis announces he will retire as chief 50/50 joint venture, will also sell its
months before turning to an insider. “This company has a long tradition Ken Lewis tries to pull out of the deal executive. The board scrambles to find share if the synergies and price are
BoA’s search was complicated by of operational excellence and strong because of rising losses at Merrill. a successor. right in what one source said would
Kenneth Feinberg, President Barack execution. My goal is to refocus our Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and be “a clear outcome for all sides”.
Obama’s pay czar who, until the bank efforts and attention on those core Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke 2 DEC 2009: Speculation has fallen on Deutsche
repaid its $45bn (£27.5bn) bailout capabilities that will make us the best insist it goes ahead. BoA announces it will repay all of its Bank because BarCap, Goldman Sachs
loan last week, restricted the compen- financial services firm in the world.” government loans, which come to a and Morgan Stanley already have
sation on offer to whoever would take Moynihan, a former lawyer, joined 1 JAN 2009: total of $45bn. strong commodities trading opera-
over as chief executive. BoA when the bank took over his BoA officially buys Merrill. tions. Earlier this week Anshu Jain,
Some shareholders who had called employer FleetBoston Financial in 17 DEC 2009 Deutsche Bank’s head of global mar-
for a major shake-up of the troubled 2004. His main rival for the top job at 16 JAN 2009: Brian Moynihan named chief execu- kets, said the German firm wanted to
lender will be left disappointed by the BoA was chief risk officer Greg Curl, BoA announces first quarterly loss in 17 tive. break into the top five commodities
decision. who is 61. players by 2011.
CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009 News 7

Savills poised for bumper


profits on UK house deals
transactions. In Asia, which compris- While the recent growth in sales

PROPERTY
BY ALYSSA WOLICE es 40 per cent of Savills’ business, it offers signs of a pick-up in the global
also reported continued strength in market recovery, a number of Savills’
ESTATE agent Savills yesterday transaction volumes despite expecta- transactions were completed earlier
reported that its profits for 2009 tions that the market would cool. than expected, and have therefore
would be “significantly ahead” of Analysts, who had originally fore- contributed to the boost in year-end
previous expectations. casted pre-tax profits of around forecasts.
The international real estate advi- £17m for 2009, upgraded their fore- The estate agent said it would
sor saw a higher-than-expected level casts to around £22m to £24m remain cautious about the sustain-
of transactions in the UK prime resi- despite concerns regarding the sus- ability of the current performance of
dential market, as well as an tainability of Savills’ recent transac- both the UK and Asia Pacific markets
increase in UK commercial market tion increases. in the upcoming year. Prime property sales in the UK have boosted Savills’ year Picture: Jason Alden/CITY A.M.

YO! Sushi
owner raises
its turnover 
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PRIVATE EQUITY
BY OLIVER SHAH
QUILVEST, the private equity firm
behind the buyout of Japanese restau-
rant company YO! Sushi, more than
doubled its turnover last year.
The UK arm of Quilvest, which is
headquartered in Luxembourg, gener-
ated revenues of £1.2m – up from

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£503,000 in 2007.
However, accounts filed at
Companies House show Quilvest UK
turned a profit of just £112,000 in
2008, an increase from £46,000 the
year before. No dividend was paid.
The latest figures relate to the year
Quilvest bought into YO! Sushi for a
   
rumoured £51m. In March 2008
Quilvest, which was set up to invest
on behalf of German immigrant-
turned-Argentine beer magnate Otto
  

Peter Bemberg, bought into the chain
famous for its conveyor belts of food.
The deal landed YO! Sushi founder
Simon Woodroffe a multi-million     
pound windfall.
Axelle Strain, the dealmaker who

      


masterminded the takeover of YO!
Sushi, was the highest-paid director
with £200,000 in emoluments.
Quilvest also owns stakes in three
US restaurant groups – Outback
Steakhouse, Chop’t and Pasha’s.
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Watford offered lifeline
Watford Leisure, the owner of
Championship football club Watford,
was yesterday offered an eleventh
hour financial lifeline that may save it
from administration. Fordwat, an
investment vehicle of wealthy
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demand for the debt.

Guardian examines regional titles


Newspaper publishing company
Guardian Media Group is in exploratory
talks about consolidation of its regional
titles with other newspaper groups, it
said yesterday, but is not about to sell its
flagship Manchester Evening News. It
was earlier reported that the group had $&('#$#'$" '  (&# #" $ %&, ( + ' )($&' # &)!( - ( ##! &*' )($&(-
held talks to sell GMG Regional Media,
the operation which includes the
Manchester Evening News, to Trinity
Mirror for as little as £40m.
8 Economic News CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009

Commercial
ANALYSIS l Stock of lending by UK-resident banks to the UK real estate sector and UK commercial property capital values

£ bn Index: June 2007 = 100


300 120
Stock of lending to the UK real estate sector(a) - left-hand scale

250 Commercial property value index - right-hand scale 100

property puts 200

150
Forecast(b)
80

60

banks at risk 100

50
40

20

0 0

BANKING triggered by falling rental values and


the scheduled £160bn refinancing of 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012
BY JESSICA MEAD Source: Bank of England
loans over the next five years. Should
OVER-EXPOSURE to the commercial these risks materialise, the Bank

Withdrawal of policy support could


property sector could pose a serious envisages substantial impairments
risk to British banks, which will need beyond the high seven per cent rate
to shore up their balance sheets sub- recorded by major UK banks in the
stantially over the coming years, the first half of the year.

spark market volatility and disruption


Bank of England will warn in its bian- Although banks’ core Tier One cap-
nual Financial Stability Report (FSR). ital ratios are now at pre-crisis levels
Commercial property has been seen of 9.6 per cent, the Bank says finan-
as one of the most toxic sectors and cial institutions must increase their
outstanding loans to the sector capital equity buffers substantially to
exceeded £250bn in September. protect themselves from commercial
Values have dropped almost 45 per property exposure and other poten- ECONOMY withdrawal of support could have a time of the June FSR and just 25 per

cent since their June 2007 peak, push- tial destabilisers – including the need BY JESSICA MEAD significant impact on investors’ port- cent of the expected future losses at
ing some loans into negative equity – to refinance £1 trillion worth of folio choices and relative asset prices”. the trough of the market.
the Property Industry Alliance esti- wholesale funding by 2015. WEANING the UK economy and the The Bank estimates that a one per- But the Bank warns that banks’ bal-
mates average loan-to-values could Given that banks will face higher banking sector off policy support centage point increase in long-term ance sheet vulnerabilities also expose
reach 114 per cent by the end of 2010, capital requirements on trading risks heightened volatility across real interest rates or UK equity risk them to a setback in the asset price
putting the average loan into negative assets and securitisations from 2011, asset classes and abrupt portfolio premia would be consistent with a rally as well as a slower-than-antici-
equity. the FSR urges banks to take the adjustments, according to the Bank fall in UK equity prices of around 16 pated recovery and continued con-
The Bank believes that deteriorat- opportunity to strengthen balance of England’s Financial Stability per cent. cerns about sovereign risk.
ing macroeconomic conditions sheets by reducing leverage, extend- Report (FSR), published today. The rise in asset prices during 2009 Any one of these factors or a combi-
appear to have significantly increased ing the maturity of funds so they are In the biannual report, the Bank has reduced losses of financial wealth nation of all four could pose a risk to
the probability of default by UK real not dependent on short-term money claims “the enormous scale of public since the start of the crisis to $6.3 tril- the UK’s financial stability and its
estate companies, which could be and repaying public sector support. sector intervention means that any lion – less than half the level at the banking system.
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WHAT DO THE LATEST UK RETAIL SALES FIGURES TELL US ABOUT THE


Slow start PROSPECTS FOR THE HIGH STREET?
HOWARD ARCHER |
Interviews by Rachel Stevenson

VICKY REDWOOD |

for Christmas “ “
GLOBAL INSIGHT CAPITAL ECONOMICS
The figures are obviously very disappointing The latest figures on UK retail sales painted
even allowing for the upward revision to the October a mixed picture about spending in the run-up to the
data, and it does raise questions as to how robust festive period. It is looking unlikely to be either a

sales season
spending is going to be over the critical Christmas bumper or a particularly disappointing Christmas.

” ”
period, which is worrying for retailers. The true test will be how spending holds up once the
fiscal squeeze gets underway later next year.

BENJAMIN WILLIAMSON | CEBR


ECONOMY and VAT returns to 17.5 per cent.

The figures are likely to take some of the shine off the expected recovery in the fourth quarter. But while the seasonally


BY RACHEL STEVENSON According to a snapshot of senti- adjusted sales figures show a fall in spending in November, the non-seasonally adjusted data show typically higher sales at the
ment from the CBI, retailers are pre-
THE Christmas shopping season has dicting gloomy times will continue. start of the festive period. Christmas has not been cancelled!
got off to a slow start, with retailers Chairman of the CBI distributive
reporting a fall in sales volumes in trades panel and chief operating offi- ANALYSIS l Retail sales
November, dampening hopes of a cer of Asda Andy Clarke said: “With a On an annual basis Month by month
bumper festive period on the high week left to go until Christmas, retail-
street.  ers may yet benefit from a flurry of SALES TOTAL SALES DEPARTMENT TEXTILE, FOOD SALES
Figures from the Office for National last-minute sales and from shoppers VOLUME STORE SALES CLOTHING AND
FOOTWEAR SALES
▲ 0.4%
Statistics (ONS) showed that retail sales bringing forward spending to beat the
volumes unexpectedly fell by 0.3 per
cent in November. Department stores
VAT rise. Although individual retailers
may post healthy-looking Christmas
▲ 3.1% ▼ 0.3% ▼ 4.4%
saw the biggest slump in sales, and
winter clothing proved particularly
numbers compared to the same time
last year when we were in the grip of
compared to
November 2008 in November in November ▼ 1.8%
unpopular thanks to a mild November. the recession, conditions across the in November
Stores are holding out for a last whole of the sector are likely to remain
minute rush of shopping over the challenging in 2010.”
coming week, but a separate survey Year-on-year sales were up 3.1 per
published yesterday showed retailers cent in November, according to the
are predicting shopping activity to fiz- ONS, compared to an annual growth
zle out once the January sales are over rate of 3.7 per cent in October.

Greenspan
warns of threat
Dealings start well Citigroup takes hit after
Treasury ditches sale
of “fiscal crisis” for Moulton group this would have been a politically

BANKING
unpalatable loss.
stake was valued at just over £14.9m SHARES in Citigroup slumped yes- Herbert Allison, Treasury assis-

ECONOMY INVESTMENT
yesterday. Ruffer Investment terday after the US Treasury backed tant secretary, yesterday told law-
FORMER US Federal Reserve chair- JON Moulton’s £142.4m investment Management is the vehicle’s largest out of plans to sell part of its stake makers that the Treasury would sell
man Alan Greenspan yesterday said vehicle Better Capital made a quiet backer at 29.5 per cent, while other in the troubled bank. its stock in Citigroup to "achieve the
there was a critical threat of a “fiscal start to trading on AIM yesterday, tick- investors include BlackRock, Scottish Citigroup sold $20bn of stock and best possible price for the American
crisis” as he backed the creation of a ing up as high as 105p before settling Widows and Aviva. convertible bonds in order to repay public”.
board to make tough choices. 3.5p up at 103.5p. Speaking before the float, bail-out funds to the government He added sales would commence
Greenspan said he believed a pro- Moulton, a former managing part- Moulton said: “This completes a fair- but raising the capital came at a after a 90-day lock up period expires.
posed across party committee to ner of private equity firm Alchemy ly concentrated eight weeks of hard steep cost to shareholders. Weak Allison said the government was
enforce federal spending cuts was “an Partners, will use the listed vehicle to work. It’s a good amount [to have demand led to a much lower pricing showing a "small profit" on its 34
excellent idea”. deploy capital turning around com- raised] and the next stage is to invest than expected. per cent stake in Citigroup based on
“I trust any such taskforce will panies in dire financial straits. Deal in what could be a very profitable The Treasury had planned to sell the share value and dividends that
address the very thorny issue of the sizes are expected to range between market.” its $5bn stake but backed out after were accruing.
asymmetrical consequences of too £5m and £25m, with the first trans- He expected to invest in companies the $3.15 offering price was well Citigroup's handling of the
much or too little fiscal restraint,” he action expected imminently. across all sectors, adding: “This really below the $3.25 per share price it fundraising has damaged Wall
said. Moulton’s 10.5 per cent personal ought to be the time to do this.” paid for its investment. Analysts said Street's confidence in the bank.

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SUITOR LIES IN WAIT AS HOODLESS


PLANS FOR A CHANGE OF SCENERY
THINGS are hotting up over at broker many of them – including jovial deal- getting back to their charming
Hoodless Brennan, which I hear is cur- ing director Roy Phillips, famous for haunts in the City…”
rently in the final throes of negotiat- his customary telephone greeting, Hoodless shouldn’t get too com-
ing a move from its current Canary “Happy House” – are regulars at the fortable, mind, since a potential suit-
Wharf HQ back to the quainter envi- gnarled old boozers lining the wind- or is waiting in the wings in the form
rons of the Square Mile. ing streets of the old City. of Edward Vandyk – aka “Dr Death” –
The brokers at Hoodless, which “It will make doing business with the owner of Astaire Securities who’s
plans to shack up on Finsbury other broking houses and clients a bit made a name for himself over the
Pavement some time early next year, easier due to geographical proximi- past year for his aggressive consolida-
are getting quite excited about their ty,” chairman Andrew Baker tells me. tory actions in the sector.
upcoming change of scenery, since “And the staff are looking forward to Vandyk has apparently already

Brokers at Hoodless are moving back from Canary Wharf to the City Picture: REX

held informal talks with the share- include a table of wines and when
holders in Hoodless about a potential each vintage is best to drink. But in
tie-up in the near future, attracted by comes another 2010 diary from
the firm’s traditional stockbroking Winterflood Securities which is even
businesses in London and Bristol and prettier, made of pink leather with
market-making capabilities, which is The Capitalist’s name embossed in gold
a strength Astaire does not yet pos- on the front. Very fancy.
sess. Vandyk isn’t exactly known for
his propensity to dither on such deals,
so watch this space… BLUE RINSE
Feast your eyes on the photo below,
which isn’t a sight you’ll see very
IN A SPIN often in the City. Anneli Collins, head
Media monkeys everywhere got a bit of M&A tax at KPMG, and her col-
of a surprise yesterday with the shock leagues Angus Wilson and David
announcement that John Waples, Prestwich had a trip to the hairdress-
business editor of The Sunday Times, er earlier this week and came out
is heading over to the dark side with a with their hair a deep shade of blue.
job at PR firm Financial Dynamics –
as a managing director, no less.
Cue another scramble of applica-
tions for his old job, coming just
months after the shoes of Mark
Kleinman, Waples’ counterpart on
the Sunday Telegraph, were finally
filled by Kamal Ahmed.
Frontrunners for the post, unsur-
prisingly, are thought to include
Times stable insiders Dominic
O’Connell and Ian King…

TOUGH TASKMASTER KPMG partners show off their blue rinse


Has Geraldine Davies – who’s just
upped sticks from executive search The stunt was to raise money for
firm the Willis Partnership to join the their marathon attempt next April, in
ranks of communications search aid of Dyslexia Action and After
group Ellwood & Atfield – landed her- Adoption, though I hear it’s also net-
self the toughest job in the recruit- ted them some unusual fans.
ment business? “I had a heavily tattooed and
Word reaches The Capitalist that pierced man come up to me on the
Davies has been tasked with finding a way to work and tell me my hair was
replacement for John Murray as head cool,” Collins says, sounding some-
of comms at the Financial Services what bemused. “I think we’re appeal-
Authority, which must be a hard sell ing to a whole new demographic…”
seeing as it’s more than likely that the
regulator’s days are numbered if the
Tories have their say next year.
Not that she’s prepared to let on,
NOT JUST FOR GIRLS
Wonders never cease. In comes an
mind. “Not at all – it’s surprising how email from SocGen analyst Dylan
many people are interested,” Davies Grice, who’s compiled a list of his
explains. “It’s an exciting, challenging favourite financial books – including
job…” I’ll say. The Essays of Warren Buffett, edited
by Richard Cunningham, and Manias,
Panics and Crashes, by Charles P.
IT’S A DATE Kindleberger.
We’re used to the broking firms in So why is the note from Grice
the City warring against each other and not notorious bear col-
in business, but it now seems league Albert Edwards, pray?
they’re getting competitive on Because Edwards “only
the New Year gift front, too. reads ‘chick
Not so long ago, we l i t ’ ” ,
received diaries for apparent-
next year ly. Uh-
from Charles huh.
Stanley,
which had
the fore-
sight to
14 News CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009

Deripaska’s Rusal heads for ONE LETS THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN

Hong Kong and Paris listings


its initial public offering to go ahead. Rusal has hit a number of set backs

INDUSTRIAL
BY RACHEL STEVENSON Rusal is trying to reach a deal with in its attempts to float. The Hong
creditors over its debts, which are Kong Exchange and Clearing’s listing
UC RUSAL, the world’s largest alu- causing concern to the authorities in committee has delayed a decision
minium producer controlled by bil- Hong Kong. The exchange’s regula- three times, expressing concern
lionaire Oleg Deripaska, is moving tors are still thrashing out the condi- about a $4.5bn loan from VEB, the
closer to securing its $2bn (£1.2bn) tions of the IPO, and are set to meet state-owned Russian bank chaired by
stock listing. again today to carry on discussions prime minister Vladimir Putin.
The company, which is planning to about the listing. Earlier this month Rusal named
list 10 per cent of its shares in Hong The Securities and Futures two Hong Kong based non-executive
Kong and Paris, is understood to be Commission is thought to be consid- directors to its board in an attempt to
finalising a massive debt restructur- ering a ban on retail investors partici- smooth its passage to become a pub-
ing, which will help pave the way for pating in the share sale. lic company.

THE Queen yesterday caused a flurry of excitement when she travelled on an ordinary
train from King’s Cross to Norfolk. She travelled first class on a First Capital Connect
train before being met by a Range Rover which drove her to Sandringham, her Norfolk
estate. Picture: REX

Trio say no to
EU directive
a global setting to remain competi-

FINANCIAL SERVICES
BY CHRIS KAY tive.
Stuart Fraser, chair of the City of
EUROPE’S financial powerhouses – London’s policy committee, said:
London, Paris and Frankfurt – stood “Away from the political rhetoric and
up yesterday against political show- nationalist grandstanding, it has long
boating in face of the European been accepted that any measures
Commission’s draft Alternative adversely affecting the City of London
Investment Fund Management direc- will inevitably harm the EU as a
tive. whole. The same goes for Paris and
Representing a united Frankfurt.
front, representative bod- “I am more than
ies from the City of happy to compete with
London Corporation, Paris other financial centres
Europlace and Frankfurt both in Europe and
based BVI Bundesverband across the world, so long
Investment und Asset as it is on a level playing
Management, stated that the EU field.” Arnaud de Bresson, the manag-
Commission’s proposal required sig- ing director of Paris Europlace said
nificant revision so not to damage Europe has already learned from the
European pension funds, financial mistakes of the financial crisis to cre-
services and professional investors. ate a “safe and competitive financial
They claimed the directive will cur- industry”.
tail alternative investment, despite City A.M. was the first newspaper to
asset managers needing to operate in campaign against the directive.

Greek protesters demand u-turn


on spending cuts by government
country’s huge deficit. Greece is fac-

WORLD
ing mounting pressure over debt pay-
THE economic crisis in Greece has led ments following another credit
to more social unrest, with thousands rating downgrade.
taking to the streets yesterday to Striking teachers, hospital doctors
protest against public spending cuts. and municipal workers staged sepa-
Supporters of a Communist-backed rate protests, but the country’s
trade union marched through central largest labour unions did not partici-
Athens to protest against cuts pate in the rallies, which ended
planned by Greece’s Socialist govern- peacefully after several hours.
ment. Municipal workers, waving black
The cuts are aimed at curbing the flags, chanted: “We’re not trash.”
16 News CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009

Lehman sells the kitchen sink NEWS | IN BRIEF


Arriva is optimistic for 2010
The operator of the CrossCountry rail
£6.4m to £36m in the year to September
30, with pre-tax profits jumping to £1.9m
franchise has said that there had been a from £200,000 previously.
hundreds of items in need of a new before it went bust after losing bil- “substantial improvement” in passenger The overall group returned to the black

BANKING
home. As well as a sink for £50 the lions of dollars in the US sub prime revenues in recent weeks. In a trading with an underlying pre-tax profit of
BY JOHN DUNNE auction included £230 for a cutlery mortgage market. update, Arriva reported a 2.1 per cent £500,000.
CONTENTS from the City offices of set with 1,000 pieces, a set of flip A spokesman for PwC said: rise in CrossCountry revenues for the
collapsed investment bank Lehman chart stands for £25, while a collec- “Lehman brothers didn’t want to year to date, accelerating to a gain of 6.1 blinkx in Express Group web deal
Brothers have been auctioned off – tion of 125 glasses – including 100 publicise the auction because there per cent over the past 13 weeks. blinkx, the world's largest video search
including the kitchen sink. champagne flutes – had a reserve are 500 people still working there, Despite the upturn Arriva said the engine, announced a deal to power web
The online auction, organised by price of just £70. Other items were a they didn’t want to upset them. improvement was still insufficient to advertising on Express Group’s newspa-
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the bank’s dishwasher and three fly zappers. “The company didn’t want the compensate for declining franchise sup- per and magazine websites. Under the
administrator, was packed with items Lehman Brothers wanted to keep remaining employees to think their port payments. terms of the deal, advertisements served
from the firm’s office in Bank and a the sale under wraps intending for desks were being sold from under- by blinkx are being packaged around
conference facility in Broad Street. the name the company to be left off neath them because that's not the Chrysalis gets Jackson boost video content from ITN, which is shown
Lehman Brothers went into admin- the auction details. But advertise- case. The items in the auction are sur- Music group Chrysalis has said an "extra- on the websites of the Daily Express,
istration in September last year help- ments mistakenly named Lehman – plus office furniture, most of it ordinary surge" of interest in Michael Daily Star, OK! Magazine, new! Magazine
ing to trigger the world banking crisis putting the spotlight back on the comes from the catering facility.” Jackson following the death of the pop and Star Magazine. blinkx has powered
which sent the global economy into a firm. The bank employed around Auctioneers Marriott & Co presided legend will boost business next year. advertising across ITN and its syndica-
tailspin. The downfall has also left 25,000 staff including 5,000 in the UK over the auction. Revenues from music publishing rose by tion partner sites since July 2008.

CITY VIEWS: DO YOU THINK THE COPENHAGEN CON-


Hopes of a
Basel group FERENCE WILL MAKE AN IMPACT? Interviews by Alyssa Wolice
ANGUS MACLENNAN | ANGMAC LIMITED deal fade at
calls for “I think that because there are massive issues at
stake in Copenhagen, it’s important that the nations
involved seize the opportunity to accomplish some-
Copenhagen
stricter rules
thing. I fear that because there are so many different
countries in talks, their vested national interests


WORLD ECONOMY
may get in the way of the importance of PRIME Minister Gordon Brown yester-
working towards a greater good for all. day moved to dampen expectations of
the outcome of the Copenhagen cli-
However, I would love to be proven wrong.” mate conference, as China indicated a
investment banking. detailed agreement would be out of

BANKING
"If these new rules are implement- the question.
BY CHRIS KAY
ed...this would be the end of that,” he MATT GULCZYNSKI | FIRST STATE INVESTMENT Brown warned world leaders that
TOUGHER conditions for banks could said. “It could change the way banks future generations would blame
be on the cards after the Basel work, making them more focused on them for risking the survival of the
Committee of central bankers called financing the real economy," he said. “I think there will definitely be agreements made human race if they failed to reach an
for stricter rules to protect depositors Though the recommendations are among the countries involved in the current talks. It accord this week. He said: “It is not
and shareholders from loss. not set in concrete it will have a pro- enough for us to do the least we can
The influential global finance reg- found effect on the European Union might not happen at Copenhagen, but within the next get away with when history asks that
ulatory group said yesterday that who use them as a reference. 12 months or so. It’s difficult to imagine that we demand the most of ourselves.”
banks would have to store more Stefan Walter, the committee’s sec- The Prime Minister used his speech
funds or look to investors for fresh retary general, said the changes
Copenhagen could bring about any real changes to delegates from 192 countries to
capital in as little as three years time should take effect by the end of 2012, so soon because there are so many coun- outline six broad principles, includ-
but could be delayed if the global tries with so many different goals in mind. ing a 2 degree cap on global tempera-
Stefan Walter said economy was still weak. ture increases and the need to cut
changes should take “We are going to do an impact However, it is a step in the right direction.” emissions from developed nations by
assessment and finalise the proposals 80 per cent by 2050. However, Brown
effect by the end of by the end of next year,” he said. “By admitted a comprehensive plan was
2012 but could face then, we will also make a decision unlikely to be signed off by today and
delays about the appropriate implementa- DAVID CLEMENTS | PHOREST GROUP said a deal should be agreed within a
tion time line. That depends on the year rather than the six months he
in order to ward off any repeat of the economic development.” previously promised.
global financial crisis triggered last However, the Basel Committee did “I personally think that it would be difficult to expect His stance reflected a darker mood
year. not report the proposed limits for that developing countries as well as the richer, devel- as the summit draws to a close, with
The committee also demanded higher capital requirements in its the Chinese delegation appearing to
higher requirements for the capital critical report on liberalised banking
oped nations will come to an agreement at back away from a binding agreement.
which banks maintain to shield practice. Copenhagen. They are each hoping for the cheapest A Chinese delegate was reported as
depositors and shareholders from Any changes are expected to be and the greenest proposals to come into play, favouring a “short, political declara-
loss gradual. Some of the regulation tion” rather than a detailed plan,
Rym Ayadi, from the Centre for chances put in place by the commit- but this poses a challenge as so many nations although officials later chimed in
European Policy, said there were tee in 2004 were soothed in over a 10- are expected to find a middle ground, with Brown’s call for a proper agree-
many areas in finance that were cur- year transition period, allowing time ment by the end of 2010.
rently poorly regulated, in particular for adjustment. despite their different expectations.” The conference closes today.

Hotel owner MWB to raise fresh funds ADAM POLLOCK

MD IN CORPORATE
around six years as a director in the
mid-market corporate finance team.

to prevent breach of banking covenant


Pollock, a managing director in cor-
BROKING AT porate broking at the firm, joined last
PANMURE GORDON year from now-bust property and
financial services group Dawnay Day,
where he was co-chief executive of its
investment banking division. In total,
investors at a meeting on 11 January. with the remainder earmarked for Pollock has spent over 20 years in the

LEISURE
BY VICTORIA BATES MWB, which also owns luxury paying down some of its debt. BROKER Panmure Gordon is acting as broking arena, having also previously
department store Liberty’s, warned in Chief executive Richard Balfour- sponsor, financial adviser and broker worked for the likes of Deutsche
MWB, THE property investment the statement that there was a “mate- Lynn, the hotelier tycoon who found- to MWB on the £27.5m placing, which Bank, Hoare Govett and Lazard.
group which owns the Malmaison rial risk” of the group breaching one ed the group in 1982, remained it has fully underwritten. Giles Stewart has been at Panmure
and Hotel du Vin hotel chains, yester- of its gearing covenants if the placing upbeat about the group’s prospects. The team advising on the placing for four years, having rejoined the
day announced plans to raise £27.5m were not to succeed. It also said there He said the fundraising would pro- was led by Hugh Morgan and Adam firm – which used to be WestLB
via a share placing to mitigate the was a more remote risk of a funding vide MWB with more financial flexi- Pollock, backed up by Giles Stewart Panmure, before being spun out of its
impact of the recession on its empire. shortfall by May next year after the bility in the short term and allow it to and Callum Stewart. German parent into Lazard and then
The group said it would issue group to a hit from challenging mar- expand in the longer term, adding: Investment banker Morgan joined sold off a little over a year later –
91.7m new shares in the placing at a ket conditions in the recession. “There is plenty of opportunity in the Panmure – headed by chief executive after taking time out to do an MBA.
price of 30p per share – a 32.6 per It said £7.5m of the proceeds would market at the moment given weak Tim Linacre – in 2001 from UBS Callum Stewart has worked at the
cent discount to Wednesday’s close of go towards purchasing for cancella- pricing levels, and we’re looking to Warburg, where he had worked for firm for just over 3 years.
44.5p. It will be subject to approval by tion stock held by Audley Investors, capitalise on that.”
CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009 News 17

ECB to spend €1bn on new HQ Toronto Dominion fined


ect on ice late last year after only one situation helped,” he said. “Last time
£7m for scrutiny failure

WORLD ECONOMY
firm bid to build the giant skyscraper, our tender coincided with the peak of
BY HARRY BANKS and at well over twice the original the (commodity market) bubble. This
THE European Central Bank (ECB) yes- budget. time we got the benefits of the burst- similar offence in 2007.


FINANCIAL SERVICES
terday gave itself the go-ahead to It pushed back the move-in date by ing of the bubble.” “This is one of our largest fines and
build a new €1bn (£890m), 48-storey two and a half years to mid-2014 and The ECB had a budget to build the THE Financial Services Authority it underlines the seriousness with
HQ, giving it a permanent home for opted to start over again with the ten- main structure of the skyscraper of (FSA) yesterday fined Canada’s which the FSA views repeat offences,”
the first time and drawing a line der process, slicing the project into 12 €500m at 2005 prices. Once land Toronto Dominion Bank £7m, the FSA director of enforcement Margaret
under years of delays and setbacks. separate parts, ranging from building costs, a six to 20 per cent rise in prices regulator’s fourth-biggest penalty Cole said. “When we uncover failings
The proposed design in Frankfurt’s the steel skeleton to fitting out the since 2005, and decorating and fur- ever, for failing to scrutinise the in a firm we expect them to put it
rundown east end has two twisted meeting rooms. nishing costs are added, the final prices used by its traders. right immediately and to take special
interlocking towers built round the ECB executive board member costs are expected to top €1bn. The FSA, which has handed out a care to ensure it does not happen
city’s former wholesale fruit and veg- Lorenzo Bini Smaghi said the finan- The ECB, which sets interest rates record £27.8m in penalties for fraud, again.”
table market, used by the Nazis as a cial crisis and the central bank’s deci- for the 16 countries that use the euro, market abuse and inadequate con- Toronto Dominion’s fine was
collection point for Jewish prisoners sion to divide up the work helped put is outgrowing its current quarters as trols this year, said the fine reflected reduced from £10m in recognition of
during World War II. the project back on track. more countries join the currency bloc Toronto Dominion’s failure to fix its its early cooperation with the FSA’s
The ECB was forced to put the proj- “To be frank the general economic and it takes on new responsibilities. procedures after being penalised for a investigation, the regulator said.

Perkins sees
M&B opens a boost in its
door to rebel DIY branch
appointments


RETAIL
RETAIL group Travis Perkins gave a
glimmer of hope to retailers yester-
day, as it reported a steady improve-
ment in its DIY arm Wickes.
called on the Takeover Panel to rule Perkins, which also owns chains

LEISURE
whether rebel shareholders were try- Tile Giant and Toolstation, added
BY HARRY BANKS
ing to gain control of the group. that it was seeing positive moods in
PUB and restaurant operator M&B has accused Lewis of acting in the builders’ merchant market.
Mitchells & Butlers has invited the concert with racing magnates JP The group said earnings for the
four candidates put forward to join McManus and John Magnier, who full year would be towards the top
its board by rebel shareholder Joe hold a 17.6 per cent stake in the com- end of market expectations, but
Lewis to meet with headhunters and pany through their Elpida vehicle. Travis Perkins sees falling sales ease Picture: NEWSCAST warned that consumer and trade
its nomination committee. M&B said its “overriding objectives spending pressures meant it was
The operator of All Bar One and at the AGM will be to ensure that the 11 MONTH TRADING TURNOVER IN RETAIL staying cautious on next year’s
Harvester yesterday said the meetings board continues to have a majority of DIVISION prospects.
would enable it to formulate its rec- directors independent of any alle- Total turnover Wicks put out strong market share
ommendations as to how sharehold- giance or favour to any single share- general merchanting Retail gains in the nine weeks to the end of
ers should vote on the appointments holder or group of shareholders”. turnover November, with like-for-like turnover
at its annual meeting on 28 January.
Lewis investment vehicle,
In a letter to shareholders, the M&B
board urged shareholders to vote in
t 13.6% ▲ 2.6%
per day boosted by 10.2 per cent. The
figure was 2.3 per cent higher for the
Piedmont, which is M&B’s biggest favour of the re-election to the board first 48 weeks in the company’s
shareholder with a 23 per cent stake, of Simon Laffin, who was appointed
Like-for-like turnover financial year.
per trading day Like-for-like sales
wants former Debenhams chairman chairman earlier in December, and per trading day Meanwhile in its merchanting
John Lovering, Fitness First founder
Michael Balfour, former Scottish &
Newcastle managing director Jeremy
independent director Antony Bates.
ANALYSIS l Mitchells & Butlers
t 14.8% ▲ 2.3%
arm, like-for-like turnover per trad-
ing day slumped 14.3 per cent for the
48 weeks, with the decrease improv-
p
Blood and Majestic Wines Non-execu- Total turnover ing to -5.5 per cent in the last two
tive chairman Simon Burke appoint- 290 256.10 Core months.
17 Dec specialist merchanting products
ed to the board. Showroom sales were boosted by
12.7%
280
Piedmont’s proposal was the latest
twist in a simmering dispute between 270 t t 1.4% the demise of competitor MFI, and
by an advertising drive.
Bahamas-based Lewis and the M&B 260 “The decline in volume relative to
board, which will come to a head at like-for-like turnover Showroom peak levels in early 2008 appears to
the annual meeting.
250 per trading day sales have reached a plateau, but we have
Earlier in December, M&B ousted
four directors, including Lewis’ two
representatives and two others, and
240

230
21 Sep 9 Oct 29 Oct 18 Nov 8 Dec
t 13.5% ▲ 23.1%
yet to see any signs of any sustained
improvement,” the company said in
its trading statement.

Expansion curtailed as profits slump NEWS | IN BRIEF

at restaurant group Clapham House FedEx puts out negative forecast indiscretions, event organizers said yes-
FedEx forecast third-quarter profit below terday. Crowds at golf events are expect-
analysts' expectations yesterday, casting ed to be 20 per cent smaller without the
doubt on the sustainability of its holiday draw of Woods, who announced his
volume surge, and sending the package indefinite leave from the sport earlier this
delivery giant's shares down 4.5 per cent. month, while TV advertising around the
per cent pre-tax profit slide to £1.3m Clapham chief executive Paul The company, an economic bellwether, sport could drop by 40 per cent, analysts

LEISURE
BY JOHN DUNNE in the six months to 27 September. Campbell said expansion would be said it shipped 14.1m packages on said.
Revenues rose 13 per cent over the limited to two more in the UK and lit- Monday, its busiest day of the year,
THE company behind restaurants half-year in which the business was tle more internationally. The firm which was a million more than it had Embraer downbeat on jet orders
Gourmet Burger Kitchen and The hit buy the collapse of Tootsies. opened two new UK restaurants in forecast. But its third-quarter results will Brazilian planemaker Embraer, the
Real Greek has suffered a 13 per cent Chief executive Paul Campbell said the first half of the year and none in be hurt by post-holiday seasonal slow- world's third largest producer of com-
slump in profits – scuppering any the GBK and The Real Greek were sur- the second. Administrators BDO Stoy ness in January and February, chief finan- mercial jets, expects aircraft orders to
major expansion plans next year. viving well in the recession, adding Hayward sold 11 of the 21 Tootsies cial officer Alan Graf Jr said. decline in 2009 as credit dries up
Clapham House Group – whose he was focused on two “robust, grow- outlets to fellow restaurant firm because of the global financial crisis,
Tootsies chain closed in October – ing and cash generative restaurant Giraffe, but is still seeking buyers for Tiger costs golf industry $220m chief executive Frederico Curado said
said trading conditions remained businesses”. The average spend on a the remaining 10 eateries. Golfing tournament the PGA Tour, TV yesterday. The company's order backlog
“pretty challenging”. However, the meal at GBK is £10.50 while The Real Clapham House has 51 GBK outlets networks like CBS and retailers like Nike was also likely to show a slight fall in the
firm claimed there were signs that Greek figure is £15 – with both fig- across the UK and 13 under franchise could be hit with $220m (£136m) in lost fourth quarter, he said. In November, the
things were picking up after the 13 ures holding steady. overseas. revenue following Tiger Woods’ multiple company cut its jet delivery forecast
18 News CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009

Time for City to dig in and prepare for 2010 battles


and taxes and a general election he fears that in three years “the nubile dence suggesting prime properties are challenging 2010 when regulation
which could return the nightmare strength of the City will diminish by already being put up for sale as and tax issues will be crucial in deter-
scenario of a hung parliament. as much as 30 per cent”, largely bankers test the market ahead of a mining the Square Mile’s standing.
For the Square Mile the key battle because he reckons the government possible move to friendlier tax juris- “I am confident in the City main-
lines are being drawn as the City looks cannot be trusted to leave the bonus dictions overseas. taining its pre-eminent position and
to retain its position as the world’s tax as a one-off and may come back Simon Denham, head of Capital in the continued growth of green
foremost financial centre. But what for more. Spreads, remains upbeat, however. shoots,” he explains. “Although the
will things look like 12 months Now even brokers, intermediaries “The City has survived greater threats threats are clear, the opportunities
CITY COMMENT hence? Never mind competition from and IFAs are staring the super-tax in than the one-off bonus hit threatened are definitely there and it is impera-
BEN GRIFFITHS developing markets – will the bonus
super-tax, 50p tax rate and other
the face having been dragged into the
same bracket as the structured deriva-
by the Chancellor and, for all of the
wringing of hands over retrospective
tive that we remain competitive in the
context of a global economy.”
banker-bashing initiatives leave tives experts who were arguably the taxation, the loopholes are so vast So for now at least it’s a time to

A
S THE year draws to a close Britain’s financial services power- creators of the global credit crunch. that the really big boys will just side reflect on a difficult year for financial
thoughts are inevitably turning house in ruins? Whatever happens, it seems step the issue,” he says. services, but more importantly to pre-
to the City’s prospects in 2010, a Veteran commentator David Buik at inevitable that the 2010 bonus pot From a legal perspective Sir Nigel pare for the battle ahead to make cer-
year which will feature eco- BGC Partners believes the City won’t will be considerably less than this Knowles, joint CEO of City law firm tain this great city continues to
nomic uncertainty, new legislation be adversely affected in just a year. Yet year’s. That’s fuelled anecdotal evi- DLA Piper, agrees that London faces a prosper. ben.griffiths@cityam.com

JJB cautious
on Christmas
as sales drop
The Wigan-based group said that

RETAIL
BY JOHN DUNNE stock levels had improved but admit-
ted the trading environment “will
JJB SPORTS has reported a 52 per cent remain difficult”. The levels will not
plunge in sales in the 20 weeks to 13 return to where they want them until
December, with the Christmas season the first quarter of 2010.
failing to reverse its fortunes. In the interim management state-
The struggling sports retailer has ment, JJB said : “We continue to be
been trying to stage a fight back after cautious about Christmas and New
it came close to going into adminis- Year and expect that trading within
tration earlier in the year. the current environment will remain
But the latest gloomy figures have difficult.”
been partly fuelled by a lack of stock Analysts warned tough times
as some suppliers have snubbed the remain ahead. “The market is antici-
firm during its financial problems. pating [profit] upgrades and so per-
The chain’s like-for-like sales formances will need to be
decline – which takes into account exceptional,” said Shore Capital ana-
store closures – was 29 per cent. lyst Kate Calvert of Christmas trading.
A slight rally ended in the first
three weeks of December when sales ANALYSIS l JJB
p
tumbled 32 per cent. 26.25
JJB made a loss of £42.9m in the 34 17 Dec
first half of the year with tough com-
32
petition from JD Sports and Sports
Direct taking its toll. 30
The company is hoping that its sale
on 26 December will help to fuel a 28
recovery. 26
JJB raised £100m from shareholders
in a rights issue earlier this year in a 24
bid to reduce its huge debt. 21 Sep 9 Oct 29 Oct 18 Nov 8 Dec

Coke hikes view Carphone signs


on 2009 profits Monitise deal

BEVERAGES TELECOMS
COCA-COLA Enterprises raised its CARPHONE Warehouse said it has
profit outlook for 2009 and said earn- signed a deal with Monitise to bring
ings should rise in a high single-digit mobile banking to the UK.
percentage rate in 2010 as it works on With £15.8m in funding raised,
drawing consumers to its drinks. mobile money firm Monitise is plan-
The largest bottler of Coca-Cola bev- ning to set up a network to extend
erages said it planned to start repur- banking and payments via mobile
chasing shares during the first phones to retail customers. The first
quarter of 2010 and should buy back services are expected to be available to
about $600m worth of the shares by customers in early 2010. Carphone
the end of next year. It also aims to Warehouse will launch the Mobile
increase its dividend annually. Money Network across its 800 stores.
The company, which bottles and CEO Andrew Harrison said: “We are
distributes drinks, has seen sales suf- entering the era of true mobility,
fer as consumers avoid higher-priced where people can shop, buy and pay
drinks and cut back on dining out. on the move.”
CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009 News 19

Google in £14m Doubleclick hit Inchcape upbeat on 2009


Moving DoubleClick’s staff into figure was a significant increase on
but cautious on next year

TECHNOLOGY
Google’s headquarters in Victoria cost 2007’s post-tax loss of £4m, the search
BY OLIVER SHAH a further £4.3m as the lease on the company’s turnover rose by almost 50
INTERNET search giant Google old DoubleClick building had to be per cent to £149.7m as it carried out Total revenue for the eleven


AUTOMOTIVE
absorbed £16m losses on its acquisi- terminated early. more research and development months to November fell 11.4 per cent
tion of three companies including The news comes as Google work for Google Ireland. CAR dealer Inchcape said yesterday it and like-for-like revenue decreased 9.4
DoubleClick, the online advertising embarks on a huge promotional push A spokesman said: “Despite a expected to end 2009 slightly ahead per cent.
network, City A.M. can reveal. for its Chrome internet browser. tougher financial climate owing to of its view, as it benefitted from “We do not expect any global car
Google’s UK subsidiary took on Chrome will battle with Microsoft’s the global downturn, Google UK strong demand for new cars in the UK industry recovery to start until well
£9.8m of liabilities, thought to be out- Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s remains in strong shape. Google UK during the second half of the year, into the second half of 2010 as con-
standing loans, as part of its $3.1bn Firefox for desktop dominance in made a small loss in the financial but remained cautious about 2010. sumer confidence is still weak and
(£1.9bn) purchase of DoubleClick 2010. year to 31 December 2008, principally The group, which sells and distrib- unemployment continues to rise in
Europe in 2008. The California-based The losses added up with other fac- owing to costs associated with the utes cars for manufacturers includ- many of our markets,” the company
technology monolith lost another tors to push Google UK £23.6m into acquisition of DoubleClick.” ing BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and said. It added its financial position
£2.2m on takeovers of two smaller the red for the year ending December Google’s purchase of DoubleClick Toyota in 26 countries, said it also saw remained strong and it still expected
companies, Digital Advertising and 2008, accounts filed with Companies two years ago propelled it into the early signs of an industry recovery in to be broadly debt free at the end of
Marketing and Falk eSolutions. House this week show. Although the online display ads market”. Hong Kong and Australia. 2009.

NAB prepares BEST OF THE BROKERS

54
ANALYSIS l Carlsberg
p 53.02
17 Dec
ANALYSIS l McBride
p 209.10
17 Dec
ANALYSIS l Centrica
p
270
267.50
17 Dec

to kick start
220
52 265

210 260
50
255
48 200 250
245

consolidation
46 190
240
44 180 235
21 Sep 9 Oct 29 Oct 18 Nov 8 Dec 21 Sep 9 Oct 29 Oct 18 Nov 8 Dec 21 Sep 9 Oct 29 Oct 18 Nov 8 Dec

CARLSBERG MCBRIDE CENTRICA


Evolution Securities yesterday said it did Numis yesterday said a management S&P Equity Research yesterday maintained
Clyne admits the market presents a
not anticipate any significant change in its reshuffle at McBride would weigh on its its Strong Buy recommendation on

FINANCIAL SERVICES numbers after Carlsberg upped its guid- share price, but that operationally the Centrica, saying gas production at
challenge.
BY HEATH ASTON ance for 2009 earnings from “at least group continues to deliver ahead of Morecambe had been curtailed in response
He told the meeting: “The UK mar-
NATIONAL Australian Bank (NAB) ket remains difficult. However, as DKK9bn” to “at least DKK9.3bn”. It said expectations. It said it remained positive to low gas prices, leaving 2009 output
chief executive Cameron Clyne yester- many of you would be aware, there is the brewer’s increase in beer shipments for on the group, as it continued its cycle of down by over 25 per cent, but manage-
day admitted it has received currently a process of consolidation
approaches about using its occurring in the UK banking market. the fourth quarter were effectively being earnings upgrades with a strong first half ment expects oil production to rise 35 per
Clydesdale and Yorkshire operations NAB is regarded by City analysts as borrowed from the first quarter of 2010. performance. cent, including Venture Production.
to lead a banking consolidation drive one of the most likely candidates to
in Britain. buy the 318 former Williams & Glyn’s
Speaking to shareholders at the branches and a clutch of NatWest To appear in Best of the Brokers email your research to notes@cityam.com
institution’s annual meeting Clyne branches in Scotland.

ITV deputy chairman joins boss Grade


said: “We have been approached by a Clydesdale has £8.7bn of assets but
number of players in the UK market it profits slumped from £529m to
£108m in the year to September.
NAB chief executive Meanwhile NAB has elbowed past

in heading for exit from broadcaster


Cameron Clyne has bid rival AMP with an audacious
A$13.3bn (£7.3bn) for A$13.3bn (£7.3bn) bid for Axa Asia
rival Asia Pacific Pacific Holdings (AAPH), majority
owned by French insurer Axa.
Holdings The surprise bid by NAB, which
won immediate support from AAPH’s
to see how we could work with them independent directors yesterday, will Ball, who was at one point in the run- has been a fascinating and fulfilling

MEDIA
to participate in that consolidation.” transform Australia’s third-largest ning for the CEO position at ITV. six years at ITV,” he said
It is thought Yorkshire and bank into the dominant player in ITV’s veteran deputy chairman, Sir Russell ’s year-end departure comes Michael Grade said: “Sir George has
Clydesdale could form the nucleus of Australia’s superannuation market. George Russell, will step down after ahead of Archie Norman’s takeover as made a huge contribution to ITV
a major new financial services busi- NAB has offered A$6.43 a share, six years since merging Carlton and chairman in the New Year, as ITV since its inception in 2004.
ness in the UK which could also taking AAPH out of reach of wealth Granada to create ITV. faces its worst financial crisis in its “He was instrumental in seeing the
include branches of Royal Bank of manager AMP which had made a Russell, 74, was a close ally of out- 54-year history. “I had always made it merger through, with the full sup-
Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group “best and final” bid at A$6.22. going executive chairman, Michael clear that I wanted to see Michael port of shareholders, and since then
which are up for sale. The deal depe on AXA buying Grade. Grade said he would leave in Grade through his tenure and now has offered invaluable advice on any
Together the two NAB units have AAPH’s units in eight Asian coun- September after pay disagreements that has come to an end it is the right number of regulatory and broader
around 350 branches in the UK but tries. with ex-BSkyB chief executive, Tony time for me to step down from what industry issues.”

CITY MOVES | WHO’S SWITCHING JOBS Edited by Victoria Bates

corporate broking business and was a Putnam Investments tive officer.


Aviva member of the firm’s management The investment management company Karin Lagerlund, who joined in 2000,
The insurance giant has appointed Gary Price committee. He then left to join Citi’s has appointed Scott Sipple as head of becomes chief financial officer;
as marketing director of its UK business. corporate broking franchise. strategic relationships, where he will Sebastiaan van den Berg has been pro-
Price will be responsible for customer facilitate relationships with the asset moted to the position of principal, and
insight, strategy, brand, sponsorship, communi- Bank of America Merrill Lynch management research platforms of Bruce Pixler, Catherine Shih and
cations and corporate responsibility across the The banking group has promoted David major wealth management firms. Abraham Soquar have been named as
UK’s life and general insurance businesses. Jervis to the position of head of Merrill Sipple joins the firm from Fidelity vice presidents.
He was most recently responsible for the Lynch Wealth Management for the Investments.
reattribution of the inherited estate at Aviva, Europe, the Middle East and Africa Bank of New York Mellon
having joined the business in 2005 from online region. HarbourVest Partners The banking group’s wealth manage-
banking group Egg. Jervis joined the firm 16 years ago The global private equity firm has made ment division has hired Louis-Albert
and is currently head of BoA Merrill a number of promotions to its team. Jolivert as a sales director and Sean
KBC Peel Hunt kets, effective from next year. Lynch’s senior relationship management Peter Lipson, Julie Ocko and Mary Maguire as a senior portfolio manager.
The corporate broking and advisory One of the City’s leading corporate group for global banking and markets in Traer have been appointed as managing Jolivert formerly worked at JP
firm has appointed Andrew Chapman brokers, Andrew was at ABN Hoare the EMEA region, working with top directors, with Traer – who originally Morgan Private Bank, while Maguire
as managing director and head of cor- Govett between 1992 and 2005, where money manager and hedge fund clients joined the firm in 1997 as director of joins from wealth management firm
porate broking and equity capital mar- he was a managing director in the UK across the region. taxation – also named chief administra- Lydian Bank & Trust.

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3i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .271.80* –6.20 314.80 108.66 Croda Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .755.00 –4.00 811.00 451.50 .LQJÀVKHU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226.50 –6.60 249.10 115.00 Schroders N/V. . . . . . . . . . . . . .1000.00 –9.00 1033.00 533.50
3i Infrastructure . . . . . . . . . . . . .103.20 –1.20 105.80 76.50 CSR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .390.00 –7.00 524.00 152.00 Ladbrokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137.10 –2.70 213.49 114.60 Scot. & Sthrn Energy. . . . . . . . . 1112.00 –18.00 1279.00 357.50
A.B. Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .813.00* –1.00 870.50 603.00 Daily Mail ‘A’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .404.80* –4.50 467.30 205.75 Lancashire Hldgs . . . . . . . . . . . .425.00* +2.00 540.00 390.00 Scottish Inv Tst . . . . . . . . . . . . . .433.00 –2.50 444.90 324.75
Aberdeen Asset Man . . . . . . . . . .132.60* –2.40 155.60 94.25 Dana Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . . . 1171.00 –23.00 1549.00 807.00 Land Securities . . . . . . . . . . . . . .647.00* –4.50 1051.00 323.25 Scottish Mortgage. . . . . . . . . . . .513.00 –2.00 527.00 284.00
Admiral. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1127.00 — 1188.00 793.50 Davis Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .389.80 +0.60 438.00 213.75 Legal & General . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77.40 –2.85 94.40 20.90 SEGRO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .332.00 –6.60 403.10 250.00
Aegis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115.40 –1.10 122.90 62.50 De La Rue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .973.00* –10.50 1080.00 808.50 Liberty International . . . . . . . . . .480.50 –4.50 580.00 278.00
Aggreko . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .834.50 –6.50 853.50 342.00 Debenhams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81.75 –2.35 99.50 22.75 Lloyds Banking Gp . . . . . . . . . . . .51.10 –4.48 96.02 21.97 Serco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .519.50 –5.50 546.50 341.50
Alliance Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .309.50 –3.80 325.20 233.00 Derwent London . . . . . . . . . . . .1243.00 –27.00 1418.00 445.50 Logica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114.20 –1.40 136.80 59.00 Severn Trent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1062.00* –8.00 1236.00 921.00
AMEC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .769.50* –5.50 879.50 465.00 Dexion Absolute . . . . . . . . . . . . .132.30 –0.30 136.70 69.00 London Stock Exchange . . . . . . .722.50* –21.50 949.50 355.75 Shaftesbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .369.00 +0.30 426.50 184.32
Amlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .361.20 –7.80 400.00 291.00 Diageo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1045.00 –12.00 1079.00 727.00 Lonmin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1797.00 –63.00 1943.00 654.11 Shanks Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131.00* –3.00 136.20 36.15
Anglo American . . . . . . . . . . . .2594.00 –73.00 2766.00 906.00 Dimension Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73.30 — 82.80 32.75 Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .304.70* –10.20 373.60 150.40 Shire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1174.00 –19.00 1213.00 764.00
Antofagasta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .905.00 –38.50 959.00 367.75 Drax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .415.10 –8.00 644.50 393.75 Marks & Spencer. . . . . . . . . . . . .399.10* –2.90 408.30 207.50 SIG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111.90 –3.20 230.00 82.25
Aquarius Platinum . . . . . . . . . . .360.10 –9.70 392.20 128.85 DSG Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35.25 –0.18 39.75 10.51 Meggitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .249.70 +4.80 267.10 110.50 Smith & Nephew . . . . . . . . . . . . .613.50 –8.50 631.00 401.00
ARM Holdings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170.40 –2.70 179.00 77.50 Dunelm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .415.00 –5.20 438.40 121.50 Melrose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180.00 +2.30 198.20 58.25 Smiths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .963.00 –18.50 1003.00 646.50
Arriva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .485.10 +2.90 641.00 361.00 Easyjet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .341.40 –8.60 416.80 246.50 Mercantile IT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .847.50 –9.50 964.00 515.50 SOCO Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1318.00 –20.00 1500.00 885.50
Ashmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .266.20 –4.60 311.20 92.75 Edinburgh Inv Tst . . . . . . . . . . . .361.50 –4.60 369.00 283.75 Michael Page Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . .357.90 –19.10 380.30 171.25 Spectris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .700.00 –13.50 763.50 376.75
Astrazeneca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2818.00 –25.00 2966.00 2126.00 Electrocomponents . . . . . . . . . . .164.00* –2.00 176.00 113.00 Micro Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .455.00 –6.80 469.80 257.50 Spirax-Sarco Eng . . . . . . . . . . . 1146.00 +23.00 1195.00 741.00
Atkins(Ws) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .603.50* –11.00 747.50 415.00 Eurasian Nat Res . . . . . . . . . . . .874.00 –34.00 965.00 295.00 Millen & Copthorne . . . . . . . . . . .370.00 +1.30 411.90 165.50
Autonomy Corp . . . . . . . . . . . .1504.00 –43.00 1687.00 882.00 Experian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .622.50 –0.50 639.00 371.75 Misys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .209.40 –3.20 238.80 92.00 Spirent Comms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97.50 +0.90 100.60 32.00
Aveva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .993.00 –13.00 1083.00 460.00 F&C Comm Prop . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85.90* +0.90 90.00 73.50 Mitchells & Butlers . . . . . . . . . . .256.10 –3.10 310.60 149.50 Sports Direct Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99.25 +1.50 134.00 36.25
Aviva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .373.20 –11.10 474.00 160.10 Ferrexpo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .190.10* +2.10 228.40 27.00 MITIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .224.40* –2.00 281.70 170.25 SSL Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .723.00 –11.00 756.50 422.75
Babcock International . . . . . . . . .597.50* +3.50 660.50 381.25 Fidelity European . . . . . . . . . . .1066.00 –26.00 1182.00 753.00 Mondi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .333.70 –6.00 361.80 118.25 St James’s Place . . . . . . . . . . . . .241.80 –1.30 296.90 142.75
BAE Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .343.50 –1.54 416.00 294.20 FirstGroup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .397.40 –7.60 448.80 192.90 Monks Inv Tst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .274.50 –4.00 298.60 190.00 Stagecoach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .164.90 –1.10 173.80 102.75
Balfour Beatty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .248.00 –3.70 346.18 243.40 Foreign & Col Inv Tst. . . . . . . . . .259.20 –5.80 269.20 179.25 Morrison Wm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .275.50 –3.30 298.40 233.50 Standard Chartered . . . . . . . . . .1535.50 –42.00 1696.00 554.00
Barclays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273.85 –18.15 390.00 47.30 Fresnillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .805.00 –13.00 935.00 167.20 Mothercare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .669.00 +2.00 672.50 325.00 Standard Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .206.30 –5.90 275.00 123.50
Barratt Development . . . . . . . . . . 116.50 +0.50 193.31 40.16 G4S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .259.60 +1.80 261.20 171.90 Murray Intl Tst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .755.00 –16.50 800.00 512.00 Talvivaara Mining . . . . . . . . . . . .377.00 +4.90 428.00 102.75
BBA Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155.80 –0.90 184.20 41.00 GKN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114.00 +0.40 131.30 36.45 National Express. . . . . . . . . . . . .185.00 –1.90 294.83 78.45 Tate & Lyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .427.90* –2.00 481.40 225.75
Beazley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100.00 –0.30 122.00 86.00 GlaxoSmithKline . . . . . . . . . . . .1297.00* –22.00 1332.50 982.00 National Grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .646.00* –7.00 717.00 511.00 Taylor Wimpey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34.88 –0.72 54.90 9.67
Bellway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .749.50* +11.00 927.50 515.00 Go-Ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1300.00 +11.00 1577.00 845.00 Next . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2010.00* –16.00 2079.00 1039.00 Telecity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .384.60 +22.80 390.00 135.00
Berkeley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .829.00 +3.50 1071.00 716.50 Great Portland Estates . . . . . . . .274.30* –2.20 298.80 127.11 Northumbrian Water . . . . . . . . . .270.80* –2.80 281.90 203.00 Templeton Emrg Mkts . . . . . . . . .499.00 –10.50 515.00 235.00
BG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1085.50 –22.00 1180.00 836.50 Greene King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .421.50 –1.40 547.45 279.35 Old Mutual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105.50 –2.00 122.30 30.50
BHP Billiton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1863.00 –39.50 1969.00 1025.00 Halfords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .401.40* –2.60 442.10 216.75 Pace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .199.00 +5.40 243.80 39.50 Tesco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410.00* –7.00 437.05 301.40
BlackRock Mining . . . . . . . . . . . .533.00 –6.00 565.00 217.00 Halma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .249.00 +1.20 256.00 140.75 Partygaming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .258.60 +6.30 298.50 157.25 Thomas Cook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .228.20 –6.90 303.50 164.60
BlueBay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .318.80 +4.80 393.00 63.00 Hammerson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .385.10 –5.40 624.50 212.25 Pearson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .863.50 –11.50 877.50 566.50 Tomkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .193.50 –4.40 199.50 99.50
Bovis Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .392.40 +7.40 571.00 341.75 Hargreaves Lansdown . . . . . . . .280.00 –0.80 299.90 157.00 Pennon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .521.50 –2.00 566.50 372.00 Travis Perkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .795.00 –19.50 888.00 198.63
BP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .574.30 –4.80 599.30 400.00 Hays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98.65 –1.55 114.00 67.00 Persimmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .440.00 +11.30 534.50 224.25 TUI Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256.00 –6.00 294.75 208.25
Brit Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .184.40 –5.50 245.00 157.75 Henderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120.20 –1.30 142.10 50.00 Petrofac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .962.50 –16.00 1078.00 314.75 Tullett Prebon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273.00 –10.70 436.20 105.25
British Airways . . . . . . . . . . . . . .192.20 –4.80 243.30 111.30 Heritage Oil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .420.00 –3.50 630.00 161.00 Petropavlovsk . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1055.00 –22.00 1343.00 320.25 Tullow Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1237.00 –23.00 1311.00 570.50
British Amer. Tob . . . . . . . . . . .1926.00 –14.00 2012.00 1481.00 Hikma Pharma . . . . . . . . . . . . . .522.50 +1.50 525.00 292.50 Premier Farnell . . . . . . . . . . . . . .173.90 –1.70 180.90 112.50 UK Commercial Prop. . . . . . . . . . .77.45 –0.55 79.55 50.50
British Empire Tst . . . . . . . . . . . .407.70* –7.30 451.80 304.00 Hiscox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .307.30 +3.00 364.30 272.50 Premier Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35.00 –0.12 47.00 24.00 Ultra Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . .1337.00 –13.00 1393.00 1010.00
British Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .446.00 –4.50 535.26 295.00 Hochschild Mining . . . . . . . . . . .317.20 –1.00 366.40 87.00 Premier Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1073.00 –20.00 1431.00 512.78 Unilever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1910.00* –14.00 1926.00 1226.00
Britvic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .387.00* +5.70 402.00 204.25 Home Retail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .283.70* –12.30 336.50 180.40 Provident Financial . . . . . . . . . . .920.00 +5.50 986.00 736.00 United Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . .496.00* –6.50 642.00 429.00
Brown(N.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .252.30* +1.30 275.80 183.75 Homeserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1634.00* +20.00 1752.00 849.50 Prudential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 611.00 –15.50 665.00 195.40 Utd Business Media . . . . . . . . . .453.00 –2.90 540.00 364.75
BSkyB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .565.00 –4.50 593.00 398.25 HSBC Hldgs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .684.10* –24.90 766.80 270.37 PZ Cussons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .260.00 — 274.60 139.75
BT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140.90 –1.80 151.00 70.20 Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .497.50 –22.00 578.50 367.00 Qinetiq . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162.00 –2.70 179.10 123.00 Vedanta Resources . . . . . . . . . .2381.00* –49.00 2510.00 492.75
Bunzl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .652.50* –8.00 679.50 473.00 ICAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .415.80 –12.20 478.30 199.20 Randgold Resources. . . . . . . . .4910.00 –140.00 5450.00 2425.00 Victrex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .788.00 –4.00 840.50 400.75
Burberry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .568.00 –9.50 617.00 194.25 IG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .365.80 –3.10 373.00 159.25 Reckitt Benckiser . . . . . . . . . . .3242.00 –18.00 3321.00 2403.00 Vodafone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139.90* –2.10 148.00 111.20
Cable & Wireless. . . . . . . . . . . . .139.20* –1.10 170.00 125.10 Imagination Tech Gp . . . . . . . . . .226.90 –2.40 250.00 36.50 Reed Elsevier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .490.00 –0.10 570.00 403.75 VT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .518.00* +2.00 606.00 412.75
Cadbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .792.00 +3.50 819.50 484.25 IMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .508.50 –18.00 552.00 214.00 Regus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88.75 +0.45 120.50 43.00 Weir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .694.50 –15.00 771.00 297.00
Cairn Energy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3035.00 –72.00 3197.00 1651.00 Imperial Tobacco. . . . . . . . . . . .1880.00 –14.00 1983.00 1412.00 Rentokil Initial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106.50 +1.50 119.70 37.25 Wetherspoon(J.D.) . . . . . . . . . . .443.60 –14.70 551.00 270.00
Caledonia Invs . . . . . . . . . . . . .1560.00* +7.00 1759.00 1081.00 Inchcape. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28.35 +0.25 36.74 5.82 Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82.95 +0.45 112.00 77.45 WH Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .518.00 –11.50 551.00 306.75
Capita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .719.50 –6.50 791.00 608.00 Informa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .301.00 –0.20 339.10 216.00 Rexam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .277.50 –5.20 328.55 188.89 Whitbread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1366.00* –22.00 1425.00 686.50
Carillion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .303.40 –4.60 319.60 192.00 Inmarsat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .651.00 –13.00 682.00 378.25 Rightmove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .485.10 –1.90 610.50 156.25 William Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .187.70 –5.00 243.25 137.86
Carnival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2163.00 –31.00 2218.00 1224.00 Intercontl Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . .880.50 –4.50 926.50 433.75 Rio Tinto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3134.00 –53.00 3354.50 1102.02 Witan Inv Tst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .420.70 –3.40 433.70 276.50
Carpetright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .929.00 +4.00 970.00 345.00 Intermediate Capital . . . . . . . . . .269.30* –5.70 332.00 79.71 RIT Capital Partners . . . . . . . . . .991.00 +1.50 1030.00 715.00 Wolseley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1213.00 –18.00 1570.00 907.03
Carphone Warehouse . . . . . . . . .184.90* –4.00 216.10 84.75 Intertek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1186.00 –34.00 1368.00 737.50 Rolls Royce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .481.40* –8.50 504.50 252.50
Catlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .321.00 –5.40 401.79 270.00 Intl Personal Fin . . . . . . . . . . . . .209.50 –0.50 239.80 58.25 Rotork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1148.00 –1.00 1267.00 667.50 Wood Group (John). . . . . . . . . . .288.10 –10.40 354.90 175.00
Centrica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .267.50 –3.50 288.75 212.50 Intl Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .296.00 –4.80 308.80 190.60 Royal Bank Of Scot . . . . . . . . . . . .30.74 –1.11 58.25 10.00 WPP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .610.00 –4.50 620.00 349.75
Charter Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .695.00 –3.50 778.50 305.75 Invensys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .283.40 +2.10 314.60 136.00 Royal Dutch Shell A . . . . . . . . .1799.00 –23.50 1944.00 1362.00 Xstrata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1030.00 –57.00 1175.00 288.75
Chemring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2733.00 +11.00 2917.00 1794.00 Investec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .428.80* +6.70 487.20 164.75 Royal Dutch Shell B . . . . . . . . .1729.00 –26.50 1897.00 1315.00 Yell Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40.93 –0.07 86.00 11.75
Close Bros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .698.00 +2.50 806.50 384.25 ITV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53.85 –0.35 58.65 16.50 RSA Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117.60 –2.10 152.90 113.10 LONDON TOP 250 BY MARKET CAPITALISATION
Cobham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .241.90 –1.90 252.40 163.90 Jardine Lloyd Thompson. . . . . . .459.90 –5.90 514.00 387.75 SABMiller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1794.00 –15.00 1853.00 906.00
COLT Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132.50 +0.70 138.00 49.00 Johnson Matthey . . . . . . . . . . .1483.00* –38.00 1641.00 856.50 Sage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225.30 –4.20 239.20 157.70 * Ex-Dividend † Suspended
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .446.00 –19.00 470.10 275.00 Kazakhmys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1245.00 –47.00 1345.00 187.30 Sainsbury(J) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .317.50* –4.40 373.00 284.50
Cookson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .401.70 –12.10 481.40 202.75 Kesa Electricals . . . . . . . . . . . . .149.00 –5.50 162.00 79.75 Schroders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1245.00 –3.00 1274.00 628.00 www.interactivedata.com

Bank jitters and commodity US shares sink as


weakness hits London stocks dollar jumps higher
Chartered, Royal Bank of Scotland value added sales tax rises. claims for jobless benefits in the latest
THELONDON and Lloyds Banking Group fell 3.5 to
8.1 per cent.
Miners and energy stocks were also
weaker as the dollar surged to three- THENEW YORK week illustrated the bumpy road for
the US economic recovery. The jobless

REPORT The banking sector extended losses


after Citigroup got a cool reception
for its stock offering which received a
month highs after the Federal
Reserve comments on the US econo-
my, hitting commodity prices.
REPORT claims offered a sharp contrast to a
report from the Federal Reserve Bank
of Philadelphia, whose index showed
much lower price than expected, Miners were in reverse, having factory activity accelerated rapidly in

J A
ITTERS in the financial sector prompting the US Treasury to delay a notched up good gains on Wednesday MERICAN stocks fell yesterday the US Mid-Atlantic region in
prompted by tough new pro- plan to sell its stock in the bank. as metals prices dropped, with gold as the dollar’s rebound spurred December.
posed regulations sent banks Retailers were hit after British falling three per cent in European a safe-haven trade, cutting The Dow Jones industrial average
sliding yesterday while commod- retail sales fell unexpectedly in trade. Antofagasta, Xstrata, Lonmin demand for riskier assets, while dropped 132.86 points, or 1.27 per
ity stocks also retreated on weaker November. Home improvements Eurasian Natural Resources and a soft profit outlook from economic cent, to end at 10,308.26. The Standard
raw material prices, pulling the FTSE retailer Kingfisher, electricals retail- Kazakhmys were down 3.4 to 5.2 per bellwether FedEx sank transportation & Poor’s 500 Index fell 13.10 points, or
100 down 1.9 per cent by close. ers DSG International and Kesa cent. shares. 1.18 per cent, to 1,096.08. The Nasdaq
The FTSE 100 closed down 102.65 Electricals, and clothing-to-foods Energy stocks fell as crude dipped Financial services stocks took a beat- Composite Index lost 26.86 points, or
points at 5,217.61, having closed 34.49 group Marks & Spencer fell 0.5 to 3.6 1.6 per cent, with BG Group, BP, and ing after influential banking analyst 1.22 per cent, to close at 2,180.05.
points, or 0.7 per cent, higher on per cent. Royal Dutch Shell down 0.2 to 1.5 per Meredith Whitney cut her earnings The market shuddered after FedEx
Wednesday at 5,320.26. Home Retail was down 4.2 per cent, cent. Pharmaceutical stocks were also estimates on Goldman Sachs and forecast third-quarter profit below ana-
However the blue-chip index is still also impacted by a downbeat note lower, with Shire a top blue-chip fall- Morgan Stanley. lysts’ expectations, pushing its stock
up 51 per cent from a six-year low in from Credit Suisse saying that struc- er, off 1.6 per cent, as UBS cut its rat- The US dollar index, which meas- down 6.1 per cent to $84.47. The Dow
March. tural concerns and price falls at its ing on the stock to “neutral” from ures the greenback’s performance Jones Transportation Average lost 1.2
Banks were the biggest drag on the Argos chain could place pressure on “buy”, mainly on valuation grounds. against a basket of major currencies, per cent. Whitney trimmed earnings
index as investors sold the sector on gross profit margins. rose nearly one per cent -- hitting its estimates for Goldman and Morgan for
concerns that new rules proposed by Figures from the Office for ANALYSIS l FTSE100 highest level in more than three 2010 and 2011. Goldman Sachs shares
5,217.61
the Basel Committee on Banking National Statistics showed sales 5,400 17 Dec months. In recent months, stocks have dropped 2.5 per cent to $160.93, while
Supervision will mean big banks will dropped at their fastest pace since risen sharply while the greenback Morgan Stanley shed four per cent to
have to set aside more profits or even May after department stores and 5,300 dropped, as investors took advantage $29.12. The S&P Financial Index slid 1.8
raise capital as protection against clothing retailers failed to repeat of the inexpensive currency to buy per cent, while the NYSE Arca
hard times. October’s strong sales. 5,200 higher-yielding assets. Broker/Dealer Index fell 2 percent.
“It’s right to be cautious on banks A report from the Confederation of “The dollar is starting to spook the Citigroup tumbled 7.3 per cent to
as prospects for their profitability are British Industry added to the gloom. 5,100 market here a little bit,” said Terry $3.20 after the bank’s stock and bond
going to be limited by the increasing It said British retail sales volumes Morris, senior vice president and sen- offering attracted weak demand and
5,000
amount of regulation,” said Peter maintained a steady pace of growth ior equity manager for National Penn priced much lower than expected,
Dixon, economist at Commerzbank. in December, but firms are less opti- 4,900 Investors Trust Company. prompting the US Treasury to delay a
Barclays, HSBC, Standard mistic about the New Year when 21 Sep 9 Oct 29 Oct 18 Nov 8 Dec An unexpected increase in new plan to sell its Citigroup stake.
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Q&A: RENTING

Russell Hunt
MANAGING DIRECTOR,
PROPERTY HUNT

3 .We’ve been putting off upscaling


1 2 Q to a bigger family home, but don’t
want to wait much longer. When
should we move?

A
It’s probably a mistake to wait too

Cosy up in your
long and over-predict the market. If
you look back to the first quarter of
4 2009 there were lots of good deals to
be had, and not many people would have pre-
dicted prices going up to the extent that they
have. That’s largely been due to a lack of stock,

house this winter


but many people who were waiting to buy at
the bottom of the market – as I suspect you
have been – missed it. It’s possible that prices
could drop 5-10 per cent after the first quarter
of 2010. But that doesn’t mean you should nec-
essarily hold off until then – there are a lot of
buyers out there and competition is stiff, so if
From snuggly throws to stylish chairs, here’s you see something you like, go for it.
The fact of the matter is that there’s no per-
how to add warmth, writes Zoe Strimpel fect time to move – whenever the time comes
you have to be prepared to adapt to the
moment. In this kind of market when stock is
so short, you have to be prepared to take the
opportunity when it presents itself rather than
5 waiting for the absolute optimum time finan-
cially. That means keeping a beady eye on the
market and being prepared – the Christmas
break is a good time to get your preparation
sorted. Take some time to work out your
finances, what your budget is and what you
can realistically afford. Look on the internet

8 7
and see what’s out there in your price range.
If you’re needing to sell first, you can always
test the water by getting a valuation. Ask an
estate agent to get in a few of their best buy-
ers who have been looking for a while, and see
6 what the feedback is without fully marketing
it. It’s all about gathering information and
being fully prepared so that you can take the
best opportunities when they arise.

.I’ve had my flat on the market for

10 Q some time and finally had an offer


I like, but I’m not ready to move.
What do you suggest?

9 .If you’re keen to accept the offer,

A you’ve got two options – either think


about renting while you house hunt, or
try to convince the buyer to agree to a
delayed completion. A delayed completion is
when you agree with the other party that
you’re not going to exchange within the stan-
dard four or five weeks, but instead arrange
for a longer period, which would give you time
to sort out finding somewhere to move to. I did
this myself this year – I put in an offer on a
11 place in March, but agreed not to exchange
until October to give the vendor more time,
and we were happy to rent in the meantime.
You do this on the understanding that if cir-
cumstances change you can bring that
exchange date forward, so long as both parties
agree to it.
The key to coming to such an arrangement
is trust and understanding between both par-
ties, but it can really play to your advantage if
13 you’re a buyer – by agreeing to hold off on
exchanging we were actually able to get a bet-
12 ter price. In this market you have to be adap-
tive, and one way to be so is to work out what
type of vendor or buyer you’re dealing with.
You need to find out what kind of person they
are and what priorities they have, and make
1 Louis Philippe Day Bed, Grange, from £3,489, 020 7935 7000 2 Stag head candelabra, Joanna
Wood, £94, www.joannawood.co.uk 3 Traditional balls wreath, Quintessentially Flowers, £75,
www.quintessentiallyflowers.com 4 Ravello five arm candelabra, Heal’s, £220, www.heals.co.uk
14 yourself accommodating to those. That gives
you an advantage when it comes to negotia-
tions, and in a competitive market you need all
5 Little red dot teapot, Fairmont and Main, £22, www.johnlewis.com 6 Grey shetland throw, John the edge you can get. It will also lead to a
Lewis, £130, www.johnlewis.com 7 Hot water bottle covers, Joanna Wood, £8.50 each, www.joan- much more pleasant purchase process for both
nawood.co.uk 8 Gold Nugget mirror, Heal’s, £695, www.heals.co.uk 9 Les Roses de Mon Jardin parties.
draught excluder, Lavender & Sage, £19.50, www.lavenderandsage.co.uk 10 Cassia table lamp with
gold leaf base, Armani Casa, £1,360, 020 7079 1930 11 Stag cushion, Anorak, £36, Russell Hunt is managing director of Property
www.mydeco.com 12 Minx faux fur throw, Joanna Wood, £186, www.joannawood.co.uk 13 Compte Hunt, a search agent for London and the Home
chair, Armani Casa, £4,495, 020 7079 1930 14 Lady Chair, Grange, £1,788, 020 7935 7000 Counties. www.property-hunt.co.uk
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FOCUS ON: NOTTING HILL BY JEREMY HAZLEHURST

SHREWSBURY MEWS, W2
Price: £695,000
Located near the junction of Westbourne Park Road and KENSINGTON PARK ROAD, W11
Chepstowe Road, this 900sq ft traditional mews house has a Price: £4.25m
first floor reception, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms, one en With access to Ladbroke Square Gardens, this light and spacious
suite. It is close to bars and restaurants, and Westbourne Grove home is spread over 3,500sq ft, including six bedrooms and four
Tube station. reception rooms which have recently been refurbished.
Contact: Hamptons Notting Hill, 020 7034 0404 Contact: Knight Frank, 020 1229 0229

ROYAL CRESCENT, W11


DENBIGH CLOSE, W11 Price: £859,950
Price: £995,000 A ground and lower ground floor maisonette close to Holland
A two-storey mews house in a cobbled cul-de-sac just off the Park, this characterful property has three double bedrooms, two
Portobello Road, planning permission has been granted to add bathrooms (one en suite), a double reception room, a study and
another floor. access to communal gardens.
Contact: John D Wood & Co, 020 7908 1100 Contact: Douglas & Gordon, 020 7792 1881

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Camden:an urban hotspot with leafystreets


Think nightlife, markets and open addition to supply. Robinson predicts that the 46
flats, starting at half a million pounds each, will
space in one, says Zoe Strimpel be snapped up.
Upmarket, distinctly hip additions to Camden
have added to its appeal: the relaunched
Roundhouse, which attracts top music and the-

T
HOSE who consider Camden a gritty atrical acts; Gilgamesh, the massive, opulent
choice may want to think again. “Prices restaurant and bar; yummy-mummy favourite
dipped in the credit crunch,” says Ed Alchemy yoga studio; Gordon Ramsay protegee
Robinson, of the year-old Camden office Angela Hartnett’s York and Albany restaurant
of Foxtons. “But they’re already higher than and the new Blues Kitchen, offering soul food
they were before it, and they’re going to rise and jazz to trendy diners.
next year. There’s limited stock and a lot of “The beauty of Camden is that you get a mix-
demand.” ture of everything,” says Rob Soning, of
The spring opening of The Henson Building, Londonewcastle, the Henson Building developer.
a sleek warehouse development in the old Jim “People used to living centrally but fancy some
Henson Muppet Factory, will be a welcome trees too are going for it.”

THE HENSON BUILDING, OVAL ROAD, NW1


Price: Flats start at £500,000
The former factory and printing works owned by Jim Henson, creator of The
Muppets, is being renovated into 46 canalside homes and a loft office and includes
4,000sq ft penthouses with roof gardens, and it is seconds from Camden Market,
Primrose Hill and Chalk Farm. The style is overtly warehouse, with exposed brick-
work, timber and pipes, and the location right on Camden Lock is highly desirable.
Go to www.thehenson.co.uk to register interest.

NORTH VILLAS, NW1


Price: £2.25m
Featuring top-of-the-range fixtures and fittings, gorgeous wood floors and designer
bathroom suites, this stunning five-bedroom house also offers ample living space,
private garden and a great location moments from Camden Town. Arranged over
five floors, the property comprises a generously-sized reception room, smart
kitchen with extensive dining space, utility room, superb master bedroom with con-
temporary en suite bathroom, two further stylish en suite bedrooms, two good-
sized bedrooms, trendy bathroom, two guest cloakrooms and a landscaped garden.
Contact: Foxtons on 020 7704 5000, www.foxtons.co.uk

PARKWAY, NW1
Price: £875,000
Moments from Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, this sleek, stylish two-bedroom
property includes a spacious reception room with smart, well-lit open-plan kitchen,
impressive 2,000sq ft private garden and secure off-street parking. Parkway is
home to a wealth of nifty shops, bars and restaurants, while the open spaces of
Regent's Park and Gordon Ramsay's restaurant York and Albany are nearby.
Contact: Foxtons on 020 7704 5000, www.foxtons.co.uk
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AND WOMEN
| Reviews SEE FASHION,
PAGE 22

Knightley
shines in
biting satire
Avatar’s digitally-
created aliens seem
stunningly real.

A true blue sci-fi classic


Titanic director has a to shift from their mineral-rich area or, if
they won’t, feed his insider knowledge
people and filth as the Thames is with
barges and tugs. It looks great. Keira Knightley and
hit on his hands with back to the military hard-asses dying to
wipe the Na’avi off the face of Pandora.
Ritchie’s geezer-in-chief is Mr ‘Olmes
himself, reborn here as a hard-living, hand-
Damian Lewis in the Theatre - First Night
updated version of
THE MISANTHROPE
an epic tale of eco- But of course, he finds his allegiances
shifting, particularly when he falls for the
some wreck played by Robert Downey Jr,
with Jude Law as Watson. Downey Jr mum-
Moliere’s classic.
Comedy Theatre
chief’s daughter. bles away at 90mph with a dodgy English Picture: REX
friendly aliens, writes That’s the Dances with Wolves-in-space accent, meaning it’s hard to understand a Ihhhh
set up – and yes, it’s hackneyed, facile and word he says. Not that it really matters –
Timothy Barber the dialogue clunks horribly. But the real-
isation is simply breathtaking, and at
the script is complete hooey. Leave your
copies of Conan Doyle at the door.
FOR HER theatrical debut, Keira Knightley
plays a Hollywood starlet accused of the
times preposterously beautiful. It may be Mark Strong plays evil black magic same beauty-over-talent deficiencies with
mostly digital – the Na’avi have been ren- enthusiast Lord Blackwood, apparently which Knightley herself is regularly
Film dered via the same (but now more
advanced) technology used for the charac-
executed for murder and now wreaking
havoc on London from beyond the grave.
charged. And boy does she give it back.
Her character, megastar Jennifer, is hap-
AVATAR ter of Gollum in Lord of the Rings – but it There’s a Masonic organisation involved, pily surrounded by toadying sycophants in
Cert: 12a looks stunningly real, with 3D adding a including Hans Matheson’s home secre- her London hotel. The misanthrope of the
mesmerising gloss to every image. tary and James Fox’s doddery old aristo. title is her suitor Alceste (Damian Lewis), a
hhhhI It’s also pretty exciting. Cameron knows Rachel McAdams is Yanky babe Irene Adler Victor Meldrew-esque playwright who,
his way around a crunching action (a Conan Doyle character adapted into the despite being so appalled by the flattery
IT’S the most expensive and technically sequence as well as anyone, and there are film), while Kelly Reilly has to put up with and fakery he encounters that he resolves
ambitious film ever made, and the most plenty of thrills to set the adrenalin rac- an insult of a role as Watson’s wife-to-be. to withdraw from society, keeps returning
hyped – and wouldn’t you know it, it’s also ing. Forget the preachy message and just There’s lots of crunchy fisticuffs and the to demand her singular attention.
pretty good. Avatar is a compendium of sit back and enjoy one of the most daz- odd explosion, but the film meanders and Moliere’s 17th century original farce
director James Cameron’s familiar themes zling rides ever created. eventually dissolves into silliness. Ritchie attacked the foibles of French high society.
– aliens against soldiers, futuristic technol- may be technically adept but he still Taking celebrity culture as the modern
ogy, bone-crunching sci-fi action, corny couldn’t hold a storyline if it was super- equivalent, Martin Crimp’s version – writ-
romance and an epic pomposity that, as SHERLOCK HOLMES glued to his hands, and annoy- ten in ingenious rhyming verse – takes
with Titanic, you just have to weather in Cert: 12a ing, jittery music doesn’t swipe after viciously hilarious swipe at
order to enjoy the spectacle. make up for a lack of ten- some pretty soft targets, but it’s Knightley’s
Far in the future, mankind is trying to hhhII sion or direction. The symbolic presence at the heart of it that
take over a beautiful forested planet moment someone crawls gives it piquancy. She rises impressively to
named Pandora, in order to harvest miner- FINALLY with a Hollywood budget into a tunnel in the occasion, dishing out acid sarcasm and
als. In their way are the Na’avi, 10ft-tall behind him, Guy Ritchie breaks Westminster and honeyed insults with real poise. Lewis is on
hunter-gatherers with blue skin, tails and away from his guns’n’geezers emerges moments terrific form as Alceste, and special men-
a talent for flying on the backs of ptero- crime flicks – well, not really. later on top of tion must also go to Tim McMullan’s deli-
dactyl-like birds. A scientific project has This is, after all, a crime flick Tower Bridge ciously conceited theatre critic, Covington.
grown Na’avi bodies from human DNA, set in London, with guns and is, amazingly, The play is so thick in irony, cynicism and
which can then be remotely inhabited by indeed geezers, but it’s a deli- far from the knowingness that it becomes a pretty super-
the human volunteers. One of these is Jake ciously mucky Victorian dumbest ficial thing itself, but that’s just one more
Sully (Sam Worthington), a paraplegic for- London, in which Tower moment of this in-joke in many. Still, it’s an enjoyably witty
mer soldier whose job is to insinuate him- Bridge is still being built and very dumb – but chamber piece, and for Knightley, a satisfy-
self into a tribe and either convince them Baker Street is as choked with quite fun – film. ing V-sign to the naysayers. TB

WHAT TO ENJOY THIS CHRISTMAS


FILMS, MUSIC, GAMES

FILM DVD MUSIC GAMES


NINE Daniel Day-Lewis leads Chicago director Rob IN THE LOOP Malcolm Tucker takes on the White LADY GAGA – THE FAME MONSTER The second CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 Incredibly
Marshall’s star-studded tribute to Italian cinema. House in the best satire in years. album from the pop sensation of 2010. violent, scarily realistic – and terrific fun.

NOWHERE BOY Former YBA Sam Taylor-Wood’s STAR TREK IX The year’s most surprisingly good FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE – LUNGS Florence STREET FIGHTER IV Ryu, Ken and co return in the
biopic of John Lennon’s early years. blockbuster, about the early years of Kirk, Spock et al. Welch brought us the best indie album of the year. latest installment of the classic game.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? Hugh TRUE BLOOD SEASON 1 The vampire TV show JAY Z – THE BLUEPRINT 3 The best album yet from GUITAR HERO V Plough through your favourite gui-
Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker rom com. Nuff said. that’s made Buffy a thing of the distant past. the hip hop colossus. tar solos in the latest version of the game.
26 Lifestyle | Fashion CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009

Say pants
Getting
to the BOTTOM to those
of ladies’ dull boxers
underwear Fun patterns and loud colours
mean men shouldn’t have to
settle for boring undies anymore
Buying a partner lingerie for Christmas
can be every man’s nightmare, but a little
help goes a long way, writes Ben Griffiths Paul Smith
Striped boxer shorts
Price: £30
www.paulsmith.com

Y
OU KNOW the feeling. It’s two days styles and colours. Most can be happily
before Christmas and there is a sent home having spent £80 on an
creeping sense of dread threaten- underwear set.
ing to ruin your festive spirit. So far The biggest mistake most men
seasonal cheer has extended to quaffing make, Jimenez explains, is buying
too many glasses of strong lager and try- something they would like to see
ing not to abuse your boss at the office their partner wear, rather than
party. something she would like to
But now there’s no more putting off the wear. The girl who dresses in Ted Baker
dreaded excursion to go Christmas shop- pretty pastel shades and high-
Soball printed trunks
ping and that nightmare pursuit of the sided knickers is unlikely to say
perfect present for your wife or girlfriend. thanks for a present of a bright Price: £18
A straw poll of male friends and col- red corset and suspender belt. www.tedbaker.com
leagues revealed many have bought It is, however, possible to
underwear for their partners at least once find something for every-
– and this has largely been classed as a fail- one, she adds, with the
ure never to be repeated. measure of success being
One even explained how his horrified whether the present is
girlfriend held up the carefully selected immediately returned
sequined thong on yuletide morning only in January.
to ask him loudly in front of the grandpar- Someone can be
ents whether he thought she was “a Las taken through Topman
Vegas hooker”. No wonder so many men the whole
stick to spa vouchers. process of buy- Turquoise bright check trunks
But Sloane Square department store ing lingerie as a Price: £6
Peter Jones has come up with a new con- present in just www.topman.com
cept this year to help men who do want to five to 10 min-
buy lingerie as a present and are deter- utes includ-
mined to get it right. ing gift
Lesley Jimenez is one of the store’s w ra p p i n g ,
“Lingerie Runners” who are briefed to Jimenez
guide the nervous male customer through reckons.
the maze of balconette bras and find the The Lingerie
perfect pair of pants for his beloved. Runner serv-
The store has set up a dedicated men- ice is offered
only area on the edge of the ladies’ under- every day
wear section complete with widescreen at Peter Calvin Klein
TV, Nintendo Wii and stacks of blokey Jones from Botanical Deco print trunk
magazines. The idea is that the nervous now until Price: £18
male shopper can relax while his runner Christmas www.underu.com
brings a selection of delicates for his Eve. Other
approval. branches of
Jimenez says that the best prepared cus- the John
tomers come armed with a list not only of Lewis chain offer
their partner’s sizes – gleaned from a fully trained lingerie
quick rummage in her underwear drawer specialists who can
– but also some notes about favoured assist with purchases.

MEN: IT’S TIME TO SAY younger than you. And then there is the
inevitability of getting fatter. In their 20s, many
men can’t put on weight even if they try. Their
or a “moob tube” as it is being called?
On one hand, this is no different from
women wearing support tights,
Perhaps surprisingly, a quick survey of our
office suggests that moobs are not necessar-
ily unattractive. Being so vain that you

YES TO THOSE MOOBS metabolisms burn their way through pies, Mars
bars and beer without breaking sweat. But
then you hit 30 and, overnight, even whippety
corsets, or even make-up.
They’ve been doing it for cen-
turies. But then again, men
want to conceal your true heft is
more of a turn-off than the flab
itself. In fact, some claim that
chaps find their trousers becoming mysterious- have been pomading and they like to snuggle up to a nice
Jeremy Hazlehurst ly tight and the tummy starts to swell. And
then there is the ultimate indignity: moobs, or
“man boobs”.
perfuming themselves, curl-
ing their moustaches and
primping their beards for
hairy moob. The general consen-
sus was that if a man wants to
lose his moobs, then he should
Style Counsel Anxiety about moobs is now widespread.
Women’s magazines rejoice in printing pictures
just as long. Cavemen
undoubtedly combed mam-
head to the gym, and not Asda.
Even better, some say that
of mooby men. It is hardly surprising that men moth grease into their locks in worrying about your moobs is

F
OR MEN, there are sure-fire signs that you are getting paranoid about them, and indeed order to look more attractive to worse than possessing them.
are getting older. You start getting an supermarket Asda’s £1 moob vest has become their stone-age mates. Vanity is Confidence in how you look trumps
urge to ruffle the hair of young boys. its fastest ever selling item of clothing. nothing new. lumps and bumps. Men: it’s time to
Everybody in the England football team is But should you really resort to a moob vest, But do moobs call for action? embrace your moobs.
CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009 Lifestyle | TV& Games 27

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6.30pm BBC London News
6pm Strictly Come Dancing –
It Takes Two: Analysis of the
6pm London Tonight
6.30pm ITV News
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6.30pm Hollyoaks
6pm Home and Away
6.25pm CHOICE Live from
TV PICK
7pm The One Show: BBC News couples’ progress. Last in the 7pm Emmerdale 7pm Channel 4 News Studio Five: Topical reports.
8pm EastEnders series. 7.30pm Coronation Street 7.35pm Come Dine with Me 7.30pm The What in the
8.30pm A Question of Sport: 7pm One Man and His Dog 8pm You’ve Been Framed! Extra Portions World? Quiz: Five News Update
9pm Have I Got News for 7.40pm Coast 8.30pm Coronation Street 8pm Jamie’s Family Christmas 8pm Axe Men: Jimmy Smith
You Panel show. 8pm We Are Family 9pm CHOICE Mister Eleven 8.30pm Come Dine with Me begins aqua logging: Five News
9.30pm Live at the Apollo 9pm Victorian Farm Christmas 10pm ITV News at Ten Extra Portions at 9
10pm BBC News 10pm Beautiful People: 10.30pm London News 9pm CHOICE Heston’s 9pm NCIS: A child claims his
10.25pm Regional News Simon falls in love. Last in the 10.35pm FILM Nutty Christmas Feast father has been kidnapped.
10.35pm Friday Night with series. Professor II: The Klumps: 10.05pm Comedy Showcase: 10pm Law & Order: Special LIVE FROM STUDIO FIVE
Jonathan Ross 10.30pm Newsnight Comedy sequel, starring Eddie Girl Friday Victims Unit FIVE, 6.25PM
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EuroMillions Draw Weather 12.30am Nightwatch with 11.05pm Russell Brand’s Victims Unit Kate Walsh host the magazine show
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1994; Weatherview 1.25am School Norton Folgate Headlines 11.40pm FILM Donkey Punch 2008 4am Big Ideas That Changed the interviews and showbiz gossip.
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1 7 2 WORDWHEEL S O
4 Augustus John’s painter
sister (4)
7 Head of certain
professor and TV presenter (6)
2 ___ Twist Again, Chubby
Checker song (4)
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8 Merry ___ Everybody,
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none of which may be plurals, foreign words or
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10 Medieval castle town in
stadium (7)
6 Surname of US humorist
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5 2 6 8 4 9 3 1 7 19 Indian leader assassinated
Y A E C E H 9 7 8 8 9 6 16 The ___, Jeff Bridges’ role in
S CO T C H R A I 8 9 6 3 7 2 1 9 WORDWHEEL 7 1 3 5 2 6 9 8 4 in 1948 (6)
The Big Lebowski (4)
K T S B L 4 2 1 6 7 9 8 3 6 7 1 9 4 8 5 2 20 Surname of In Too Deep
I RON S E RB I A The nine-letter word 17 Be aware of (4)
7 3 1 2 7 1 3 6 8 9 2 7 6 5 4 3 1 star Omar (4)
R R U A R was VIGILANTE 19 Children of a Lesser ___,
KA Y E K I DN E Y 4 2 9 3 8 1 5 4 2 3 8 7 6 9 21 Yukon town (6) 1986 William Hurt film (3)
Punter
28 CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009

| Racing

RACING TRADER | BILL ESDAILE, OUR RACING EXPERT, HAS IDENTIFIED A NUMBER OF HORSES TO BACK THIS WEEKEND

Save the Big Buck’s for Bellvano


and Dave’s Dream at Ascot today
P
AUL NICHOLLS continued ly winner, but is far too short and the Novices’ Chase at 2.30pm and
his extraordinary run of is worth taking on. I’ll be having a he can build on his recent ASCOT TOMORROW live on Channel 4
Saturday big race wins by small each-way bet on course spe- Huntingdon success. He’s always
landing last weekend’s cialist LOUGH DERG to make the been held in high regard by his GOING: GOOD TO SOFT (Soft in places) supplied by RACING POST
[V] visor [P] cheekpieces [H] 1st-time
Boylesports.com Gold Cup at frame at around the 16/1 mark. masterful (and in-form) trainer
Cheltenham and the Champion The Ladbroke Hurdle looks a and it would be a major shock if 2.05 BGC LONG WALK HURDLE GRADE 1 (1) 3m 1f £56,330
trainer will hope that Big Buck’s predictably competitive affair, but he didn’t go very close here even 1 U1111-1 BIG BUCK’S (21)(D) 6 11-7 R Walsh
can make it a ‘famous five’ tomor- I’m still not convinced that the in much hotter company. P Nicholls The Stewart Family
row. handicapper has caught up with Looking ahead to the busy
Kauto Star, Denman, Twist HARRY TRICKER. The form of his Christmas period and Kauto Star is 2 11113-1 DIAMOND HARRY (28)(D) 6 11-7 T J Murphy
Magic and Poquelin have all Greatwood Hurdle second to a best priced 4/6 to land a fourth N Williams Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership
grabbed the racing headlines on Khyber Kim is looking rock solid consecutive King George VI Chase 3 1393-71 FAIR ALONG [P] (49)(D) 7 11-7 R Flint
consecutive Saturdays for Team and a repeat of that performance at Kempton on Boxing Day. I think P Hobbs Alan Peterson
Ditcheat and last year’s World would be more than enough in he’ll win, but I’m more tempted by 4 21124-2 KARABAK (28)(C)(BF) 6 11-7 A P McCoy
Hurdle winner is just 4/7 with this grade. the 9/2 on offer about MADISON
A King John P McManus
Boylesports to land tomorrow’s Yet, the best betting opportuni- DU BERLAIS in the without Kauto
Long Walk Hurdle. ties this side of Christmas are to Star market. He hated the ground 5 23460-4 KATCHIT (28) 6 11-7 R Thornton
However, Big Buck’s is taking on come at Ascot this afternoon with at Haydock and can give Kauto the A King D S J P Syndicate
a decent looking field on a right- two Nicky Henderson trained hot- most to think about. 6 1P2-363 KAYF ARAMIS (8)(D) 7 11-7 P J Brennan
handed track and at the prices, I pots. Firstly, BELLVANO can land
would far rather be a layer than a the Grade Two Novices’ Hurdle at POINTERS... N Twiston-Davies Mrs Isobel Phipps Coltman
7 109-452 LOUGH DERG [V] (21)(CD)(C)(D) 9 11-7 T Scudamore
backer on Betdaq. In fact, Big 1.55pm. He went into plenty of
Buck’s is going right-handed for notebooks when bolting up last BELLVANO 1.55pm Ascot (Today) D Pipe W Frewen
DAVE’S DREAM 2.30pm Ascot (Today)
the first time on a British race- time and looks to be one of the ris- LOUGH DERG e/w 2.05pm Ascot (Tomorrow) 8 0/1108- SENTRY DUTY (245)(C) 7 11-7 B J Geraghty
course and connections have ing stars in the hurdling world. HARRY TRICKER 2.40pm Ascot (Tomorrow) N Henderson Peter Spiller
already expressed a tiny bit of con- Next up, the Seven Barrows MADISON DU BERLAIS 9 P/3181- VIPER (F9) 7 11-7 D R Dennis
cern. He is certainly the most like- team sends out DAVE’S DREAM in w/o KAUTO STAR (King George VI Chase)
R Hollinshead Geoff Lloyd
10 /22489- SWEETHEART (F63) 5 11-0 M Batchelor

IN-RUNNING TRADING HINTS


Jamie Poulton R W Huggins
11 /206-31 WHITEOAK (26)(C)(D) 6 11-0 J M Maguire
D McCain Brendan Richardson
S.P. F’CAST: 4-7 Big Buck’s, 7-2 Diamond Harry, 11 Karabak, 14 Lough Derg, 20 Fair Along, Whiteoak,

T
HE MOST fascinating in-run- reappearance at Newbury, but I’m season before his stamina kicked-in
25 Sentry Duty, 33 Katchit, 66 Kayf Aramis, 100 Sweetheart, Viper.
ning trading contest of the not sure what he had to beat that day. and when you also consider the BIG BUCK’S (11-8) 2-5 fav always going well in 3rd until tracked leader after 4 out, challenged on bit 2 out and soon slight
weekend looks to be Ascot’s Tomorrow, he is taken on by a really doubts about him going right-hand- lead, pecked slightly last, canter, bt LOUGH DERG (11-8) 16-1 made most but joined until 4 out when ridden into definite
Long Walk Hurdle run at decent field that contains plenty of ed, he may trade at a bigger price lead, joined by cantering winner 2 out and soon headed, kept on under pressure for clear 2nd but absolutely no chance
with winner, 7l (7 ran) (Newbury 3m1/2f hdle G2(1) £28,639 good to soft).
2.05pm tomorrow. Big Buck’s is Grade One Hurdle winners including than expected. DIAMOND HARRY (11-12) 9-2 refused to settle, in touch, cruised into lead 3 out, always travelling on bit and in full control,
currently trading at around 1.55 on Diamond Harry. Nick Williams’ stable Looking ahead to the Welsh impressive, bt Burton Port (10-11) 21/2l KAYF ARAMIS (11-5) 12-1 led until jumped slowly 1st, jumped slowly 2nd, chased
leaders after, led after 9th, headed 3 out, soon weakened, 6th (well btn) (Haydock 3m1f hcap hdle(1) £57,010 soft).
Betdaq, but I expect him to trade at star travels supremely well in his National and if L’Aventure hits an FAIR ALONG (11-4) 3-1 tracked leaders, led 9th, drew clear from 2 out, 14 lengths ahead last, stayed on strongly, bt Pettifour
a considerably bigger price in-run- races and may look to have Big Buck’s artificially big price in-running, it (11-8) 18l LOUGH DERG (11-8) 7-1 led, headed 9th, hard ridden and modest 4th next, soon lost touch, eased last 100yds,
4th (well btn) (Wetherby 3m1f hdle G2(1) £24,514 good).
ning. in trouble a long way out. may be worth taking. She will be KARABAK (11-2) 9-4 jt fav held up in rear until headway to track leaders 4 out, driven to chase winner after 3 out, ridden and
Last year’s World Hurdle winner He looked to be struggling at staying on at the finish when the not fluent next, kept on run-in but never any chance, btn 6l by Zaynar (11-4) (8 ran) KATCHIT (11-0) 11-2 chased leaders,
blundered 7th, in touch under pressure 3 out, soon weakened, 4th (well btn) LOUGH DERG (11-8) 9-1 led, hit 6th, head-
never came off the bit on his seasonal both Cheltenham and Aintree last others have cried enough. ed 3 out, rallied soon after, weakened 2 out, 5th (well btn) (Ascot 2m31/2f hdle G2(1) £56,379 good).
KAYF ARAMIS (11-4) 12-1 pressed leaders, led 8th, ridden approaching 2 out, narrowly headed, every chance at last stayed
on same pace run-in, 3rd of 15 (btn 21/2l) to Time For Rupert (11-7) (Cheltenham 3m hcap hdle(2) £12,524 soft).
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? SENTRY DUTY (11-5) 13-2 midfield, effort before 3 out, close fourth and one pace when blundered last, no extra, 8th of 14
(btn 71/4l) to Noble Alan (10-5) (Ayr 2m hcap hdle G2(1) £45,608 good).
LOG-ON TO BETDAQ AND BET IN-RUNNING AT JUST... 2% COMMISSION* VIPER (11-5) 11-4 fav made all, soon clear, 30 lengths ahead at halfway, eased approaching last, unchallenged, bt Kyber (9-
7) 10l (15 ran) (Musselburgh 2m4f hcap hdle(3) £6,505 good to firm).
WHITEOAK (10-12) 6-4 fav held up in 4th place, headway to lead soon after 2 out, soon ridden clear, went right and mistake
WWW.BETDAQ.CO.UK 0870 178 1221 *UK AND IRISH RACING ONLY last, eased towards finish, bt Amber Brook (10-12) 7l (5 ran) (Kempton 3m1/2f hdle(1) £23,072 good to soft).
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SPORTS TRADER | BEN CLEMINSON HAS TEAMED UP WITH BETTORLOGIC


TO BRING YOU THE CITY AM SPORTS TRADER ...the home of form

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola, left, and his assistant, Steve Clarke, talk to Junior Stanislas. Picture: ACTION IMAGES

No festive joy for shaky


Hammers against Blues Chelsea’s normally tight backline have also competitions have produced 23 goals.
been struggling recently – shedding 10 The Blues have had problems during the
WEST HAM goals in their last five games across all com- festive period in recent seasons but, against
petitions and only winning one of those. a struggling Hammers side, I can see them
Ancelotti was pleased to get a much going to town in the second half. They have
CHELSEA needed win against Portsmouth on won all of their last five away games at bot-
Wednesday, but is obviously worried that tom-half sides when losing their previous
SUNDAY, 4.00PM SKY SPORTS 1 his side conceded two goals from set pieces away game. The half-time / full-time
against Everton at the weekend. That may Chelsea victory at EVS with Boylesports
THE Premier League has been something of be something Zola will try to exploit, but looks good, as does a buy of goals and
a baptism of fire for Gianfranco Zola and there is little doubt that the West Chelsea’s supremacy with Sporting Index.
he has certainly suffered more than his fair Londoners should have too much firepow- Zola’s side have only scored one goal in
share of bad luck. Financial crises and key er at the other end of the field. Only Man their last three games and are struggling
injuries have caused big problems for the United and Arsenal have scored more goals without striker Carlton Cole. They have
Hammers and the way they capitulated at on the road than Chelsea this campaign also taken just one point from their last
Bolton on Tuesday night will be of major and they have won all of their last four vis- eight home contests against the Big Four
concern to the Italian. its to the Boleyn Ground, scoring 12 goals and lost nine of their last 16 home and
Zola won’t be expecting an easy ride in the process. away.
from his former club, or fellow country- Sporting Index have understandably
man Carlo Ancelotti, but will be desperate
to stop his side’s leaky defence. West Ham
pitched their total goals spread at a high
3-3.2, but they could still be picked off by
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son than any other team – two or more in 4.25 goals per game at Upton Park so far Buy Chelsea supremacy at 1.5 with Sporting Index
seven of their eight at Upton Park. However, this season and Chelsea’s last six across all Buy total match goals at 3.2 with Sporting Index

when only taking a point at Burnley on I’m of the opinion that Arsenal can go to
Wednesday. He will want to banish the town on this bunch, so I’ll be buying their
ARSENAL memory of last season’s defeat against the supremacy at 2.1 with Sporting Index.
Tigers and although Arsenal lost their last It also wouldn’t surprise me to see the
HULL CITY game at the Emirates to Chelsea, they Tigers in serious trouble come the end of
have won their other six by an average January. Their next six games see them
winning margin of three goals. Crucially, play Man United twice, Chelsea,
TOMORROW, 5.30PM ESPN four of those came against current bot- Tottenham and of course, Arsenal. They
tom-half teams. are as short as 4/9 with Hills and a best-
HULL fans will never forget their trip to Only Burnley have a worse away record priced 4/7 on Betdaq for the drop and I can
the Emirates last season when they humil- than Hull and two points from a possible see them trading a whole lot shorter than
iated the hosts with a 2-1 victory. Those 24 is a measly return. The loss of Jimmy that in a few weeks.
three points meant they survived in the Bullard was a big blow to the Tigers last
end, but although they have only lost one
of their last five league games, another
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indefinite spell, they could be in big trou- POINTERS...
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firmly back in the title race after Sunday’s remains to be seen how seriously Phil Buy total match goals at 3.4 with Sporting Index
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SPREAD BETTING AND CRICKET –THE PERFECT MATCH

I
T’S ALWAYS crucial to keep an eye on innings runs is 428-443 and the Three Lions’ likes of England, Pakistan, West Indies, New
the weather when spread betting on record is strong here – winning once and Zealand and Sri Lanka in that sample, so are
cricket and with rain forecast at drawing twice in three visits. However, it’s clearly a force to be reckoned with here. The
Centurion, the draw is now the bookies also worth noting that their highest ever pitch seems to deteriorate after the first
favourite at stumps on day two. The beauty score at this venue was 381, back in 1995, innings and, with early wickets going on both
of spread betting means we need not focus and that the Proteas have won 11 of their last the first two days, the runs spread could be
on that and can place a bet on England’s first 13 games here. much shorter after a few overs.
innings batting performance. England’s batting line-up is decent, but For those looking at Sporting Index’s win
England were 88/1 overnight, with plenty of stats suggest they won’t eclipse index market, the logical spread bet at this
Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott at the South Africa’s first innings total. In the past stage is to buy South Africa at 12.5. The
crease; not a bad start following South 10 Centurion Tests, the home side’s average draw is a runner, but so is a home win, and
Africa’s 418. At the start of play on day three, first innings total has been 391, whilst visitors I’d risk a 2.5 point loss for a possible 12.5
Sporting Index’s quote for England first average just 270. The Proteas have faced the point win.
Sport
30 CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009

Results
Emanuelson 78
Att: 36,000
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP A
Ajax..................................(0) 1 Anderlecht........................(3) 3
Lukaku 13, 22
Legear 44
It’s high fives for Swann as
brave England show fight
Dinamo Zagreb.........(0) 1 FC Timisoara ...................(0) 2
Scutaru 81 (og) Bucur 68
Att: 0 Goga 84
GROUP B
Genoa..............................(0) 1 Valencia...............................(1) 2
Crespo 51 Bruno 45
Att: 25,000 Villa 90
Lille ...................................(2) 3 Slavia Prague..................(0) 1
Cabaye 25, Gervinho 39 Vlcek 56
Graeme Swann

Obraniak 80 Att: 15,358 CRICKET


celebrates the third
GROUP C BY JON COUCH
Hapoel Tel-Aviv.........(1) 1 Hamburg ............................(0) 0 five-wicket haul of
Yeboah 23 Att: 16,000 SEAMER Graham Onions has warned his Test career with
Rapid Vienna..............(3) 3 Celtic......................................(1) 3 his England team-mates there is plen- James Anderson.
Jelavic 1, 8, Salihi 19 Fortune 24, 67 ty of hard work left to do after the
Att: 48,000 McGowan 90 tourists battled back to leave the first Picture: ACTION
P W D L F A GD Pts
Hapoel Tel-Aviv 6 4 0 2 13 8 5 12 Test with South Africa delicately IMAGES
Hamburg 6 3 1 2 7 6 1 10 poised at a sun-drenched Centurion.
Celtic 6 1 3 2 7 7 0 6 The Durham paceman recovered
Rapid Vienna 6 1 2 3 8 14 -6 5 from a calf strain on the opening day
GROUP G to take 3-86 as he and five-wicket hero
Lazio.................................(0) 0 Levski Sofia......................(0) 1 Graeme Swann helped dismiss the
Att: 3,000 Yovov 60 Proteas for 418.
Villarreal.......................(0) 0 SV Red Bull Salzburg..(1) 1 Captain Andrew Strauss then hit an
Att: 6,500 Svento 7
unbeaten 44 to help leave the tourists
GROUP H in good shape at 88-1 at the close.
Fenerbahce..................(1) 1 FC Sheriff...........................(0) 0
Boral 15 Att: 15,000
“As a unit we’ve done some really
Steaua Bucuresti.....(1) 1 FC Twente...........................(1) 1 good things,” Onions said. “Maybe we
Kapetanos 18 Stam 35 didn’t expect it to turn as much so
Att: 500 early but Graeme Swann was bril-
GROUP I liant. There’s a lot of people talking
Benfica............................(1) 2 AEK Athens......................(0) 1 about the draw already and we’re SCORECARD | SOUTH AFRICA (1ST INNS)
Di Maria 45, 73 Blanco 84 only two days down. That’s definitely
Att: 15,000 not in our thoughts. We’ve still got Overnight 262-4
Everton ..........................(0) 0 BATE ......................................(0) 1 J Kallis c Collingwood b Anderson 120
Att: 18,242 Yurevich 75
three hard days to go.
P W D L F A GD Pts “We know that being out there for JP Duminy c Collingwood b Swann 56
Benfica 6 5 0 1 13 3 10 15 two days it’s tough to bowl on but M Boucher c Cook b Swann 49
Everton 6 3 0 3 7 9 -2 9 nice to bat on. There’s still a lot of
BATE 6 2 1 3 7 9 -2 7 hard work to be done.” M Morkel c Prior b Onions 13
AEK Athens 6 1 1 4 5 11 -6 4 Onions was also full of praise for cap- P Harris b Onions 38
CRICKET tain Strauss and No3 Jonathan Trott, F de Wet lbw b Swann 20
FIRST TEST MATCH: (Centurion): South Africa 418 (J H Kallis who batted out an awkward session to
120, J P Duminy 56, G P Swann 5-110) v England88-1 (23.0 M Ntini not out 4
leave England very much in the hunt.
overs).
“That could have quite easily been a Extras (5w 2b 15lb) 22
THIRD TEST MATCH (Perth): Australia 520-7 dec. (S M tricky session,” Onions added. “With TOTAL (all out, 153.2 overs) 418
Katich 99, S R Watson 89, B J Haddin 88, M E K Hussey 82, M
J North 68) v West Indies214-2 (46.0 overs) (C H Gayle 102, T
those overs to face, we could have been Fall: 1, 51, 93, 159, 283, 316, 341, 377, 414, 418
M Dowlin 55). four down – and then you’re thinking Bowling: Anderson 37-9-104-1, Broad 32-8-74-1,
GOLF ‘which way is the game going to go?’
“But we batted really well – and Onions 30-5-86-3, Swann 45.2-10-110-5,
SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN (Pearl Valley Golf Estates, Paarl, Collingwood 7-1-18-0, Trott 2-0-9-0
Western Cape)—1st rnd (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72): we’ve got a great opportunity to bat
64 Martin Erlandsson (Swe). 65 Pablo Martin (Spa), Dawie Van the whole day tomorrow.” when Duminy soon fell for 56, feeding Friedel de Wet, who added a vital 20.
der Walt (Rsa). 66 Anders Hansen (Den). 67 Richie Ramsay. England didn’t have to wait long to Collingwood with a fourth catch of Strauss and Cook took the brunt of ENGLAND (1st Inns)
68 Michiel Bothma (Rsa), Richard Finch, Michael Jonzon (Swe) make the crucial early breakthrough – the innings from a Swann off-break, an aggressive opening spell from de
Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Edoardo Molinari (Ita). 69 Jacques A Strauss not out 44
ending the 124-run stand between cen- before Boucher also succumbed, find- Wet and Makhaya Ntini – playing in
Blaauw (Rsa), Damien McGrane, Thomas Aiken (Rsa), Ulrich
turion Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy ing Alastair Cook at short-leg just one his 100th Test – before Cook eventual- A Cook c Boucher b de Wet 15
Van Den Berg (Rsa), Adilson Da Silva (Bra), Alan McLean,
Alejandro Canizares (Spa), Gregory Bourdy (Fra), Dylan Frittelli when Kallis edged a James Anderson short of a deserved half-century. ly succumbed, feathering an edge J Trott not out 18
(Rsa). 70 Jamie Elson, Callum Macaulay, Louis Moolman (Rsa), delivery to Paul Collingwood at slip, Onions then added the crucial from de Wet to a grateful Boucher Extras (5nb, 5w, 1b) 11
Soren Hansen (Den), Peter Karmis (Rsa), Doug McGuigan, adding just eight to his overnight 112. wicket of Paul Harris for 38 after behind the stumps.
James Kamte (Rsa), Carlos Rodiles (Spa), Michael Hoey. TOTAL (for 1 wkt, 23 overs) 88
With the 124-run stand at an end, already having seen off Morne But Strauss stepped up the chase
Duminy began to toil, leaving Mark Morkel, leaving Swann to complete with an impressive knock, enjoying Fall: 25
SPORTS EDITOR JON COUCH Boucher to take over the mantle as the third five-for of his fledgling Test an unbeaten 50 stand with Trott Bowling: Ntini 7-1-18-0, de Wet 7-0-46-1,
email sport@cityam.com aggressor. Indeed, it was no surprise career at the expense of debutant (18no) to set up a fascinating third day. M Morkel 4-0-12-0, Harris 5-2-11-0

Walder puts the boot in Wounded Castres are here


to see off French threat
after Frenchman Serge Betsen and
on a Euro revenge mission
BAYONNE 3 George Skivvington both received yel-
low cards. But it mattered little as the Toulon’s 70-point mauling of and we are under no illusions as to
Premiership side still had more than Rovigo means we will probably have the battle that awaits.
WASPS 12 enough to hold off late pressure from
the home side.
to beat Castres again at Vicarage Road
this weekend to qualify from Pool 3 –
Naturally, we have higher expecta-
tions because we are playing at home,
Walder’s performance added fur- and we may have to earn a bonus but the mindset will be exactly the

RUGBY UNION ther uncertainty as to the future of point just to make sure. Castres are same as last week.
BY JON COUCH Wasps’ other fly-half, Danny Cipriani, not top of the Top 14 for nothing and Similarly, the squad rotation, as far
although coach Tony Hanks is hope- the guys were magnificent to beat as we are concerned, continues with
FLY-HALF Dave Walder kicked all 12 ful the England outcast will stay at KICKING INTO TOUCH WITH them so convincingly last Friday. plenty of changes made from the side
points as Wasps preserved their 100 the club. “My understanding is Danny To win the second half 20-0 was which triumphed last week.
per cent European Challenge Cup is happy at Wasps and we’re happy to BRENDAN VENTER something we were very proud of but Steve Borthwick is rested as a new-
record with an efficient, yet unspec- have him,” Hanks said. we are well aware that a backlash look front five is introduced, so Hugh

T
tacular, victory over French side “He’s still a young player who we’re HE good news was our perform- may be coming our way this week- Vyvyan takes over the captaincy.
Bayonne. keen to see him fulfil his potential on a ance and result at Castres last end. They wouldn’t have liked being A lot of talk has been centred around
Walder kicked three penalties and long-term basis. weekend has left us on the verge beaten like that last week and will our derby with London Irish just after
a drop goal while the hosts replied “We’ve started to talk to Dan and of qualifying for the quarter- have revenge in mind. Christmas, but first our focus is on
through a Cedric Garica spot-kick. hopefully that won’t be something finals of the Challenge Cup. Squad rotation or not, you can be Castres – we’ll deal with Irish after that!
Wasps were forced to play at least a that’s drawn out,” he said. “I definitely The bad news is we have to do it all assured Castres will arrive at Vicarage Brendan Venter is head coach of Saracens.
quarter of the match with 14 men hope he signs for more than one year.” again tomorrow night. Road with an extremely strong side Call the box office on 01727 792800.
CITYA.M. 18 DECEMBER 2009 Sport 31

Fabregas injury
Bosses round is not long-term,
insists Arsene
on ‘moaning FOOTBALL


drain’ Wenger ARSENAL boss Arsenal Wenger has
allayed fears over Cesc Fabregas’ ham-
string injury, insisting the problem is
not long-term.
The Spaniard limped off in the first
half of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Burnley
on Wednesday night and was imme-
credibility” of the Premier League. diately ruled out of tomorrow’s clash

FOOTBALL
BY JON COUCH But Pulis insists Wenger is just argu- with Hull City at the Emirates.
ing the case for his club, saying: But Wenger insists Fabregas’ injury
PREMIER League managers last night “Wenger is moaning like a drain is not as bad as first feared and
rounded on “moaning” Arsenal boss because it doesn’t suit Arsenal. He isn’t expects his captain to be back sooner
Arsene Wenger following his latest moaning because it doesn’t suit Stoke. rather than later.
outburst on weakened sides and fix- He is saying it because it doesn’t suit “Cesc had a scan [yesterday],” said
ture congestion. him and that was what Mick has done. Wenger. “We have not had the result
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis accused “I don’t think it was the walk in the yet.”
Wenger of “moaning like a drain” park [for United] that people are sug- “The only thing is sure is that he
after the Gunners chief hit out over gesting. The players Mick played, most will not play on Saturday.
Wolves’ decision to field a second- of them are seasoned professionals – “Beyond that, it all depends on the
string side at Manchester United on he hasn’t played the youth team – scan. Is it a tightness that just pres-
Tuesday night. who he has spent decent money on.” ents a small risk on Saturday or is it a
Then, Hull City manager Phil Wenger has also been vocal this slight strain – grade one or two? We’ll
Brown – his opponent tomorrow – week in criticising the Premier know that later.
said the Frenchman should have no League for the organisation of their Wenger has criticised weakened teams and fixture lists this week. Picture: ACTION IMAGES “If it is a tear it is a small one and
complaints about having to play fixture calendar after his Gunners the maximum would be 10 days. So it
three games in a week given the size side were forced to play away games the fixtures this season must have squads,” Brown said. “We are probably is not long-term.”
of his squad. at Liverpool on Sunday and Burnley come out of a special school because trading at around the third or fourth Fabregas is likely to be replaced in
Wenger hit out at Wolves boss Mick on Wednesday, before hosting Hull at he is more intelligent than me”. smallest squad in the Premier League. the Arsenal line-up by Denilson, who
McCarthy for selecting a weakened the Emirates tomorrow. But Tigers boss Brown insists But in the top half some of these has recovered from a back strain,
side in the 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford Hull, in contrast, have enjoyed a Wenger has no case to answer and is teams can boast 50 or 60 players. With although Nicklas Bendtner, Tomas
on Tuesday night – a move he free week, prompting Wenger to lucky with the squad he has to choose that in mind I can’t see any problem Rosicky, Gael Clichy and Armand
claimed damaged the “international claim that “the guy who organised from. “I have looked at the size of with two or three games in a week.” Traore all miss out.

Reds to face tough Euro tie Moyes’ youthful Everton just


fall short in final group game
and highly-rated German trio Werder EUROPA LEAGUE | LAST 32

EUROPA LEAGUE FOOTBALL


Bremen, Wolfsburg and Hamburg. Moyes made nine changes from the
BY JON COUCH
LIVERPOOL face a tough Europa
A Uefa spokesman confirmed:
“Liverpool will not be one of the seed-
SEEDED TEAMS - Anderlecht, Valencia,
Hapoel Tel Aviv, Sporting Lisbon, AS Roma,
EVERTON 0 side which drew 3-3 at Chelsea on
Saturday in the knowledge his side
League tie in the last 32 after Uefa ed teams. The top seeds are the 12 had already qualified for today’s draw
Galatasaray, Salzburg, Fenerbahce, Benfica,
confirmed they will not be seeded for
today’s knockout stage draw.
groups winners from the Europa
League and the best four third-placed Shakhtar Donetsk, PSV Eindhoven, Werder
BATE 1 for the last 32.
Jack Rodwell limped off after just
Poor goal difference in their sides from the Champions League. Bremen, Juventus, Unirea Urziceni, eight minutes to add to Moyes’ wor-
Champions League group means “Among the clubs dropping down ries, but Everton stayed on level terms

Marseille, Wolfsburg EUROPA LEAGUE FOOTBALL


Rafael Benitez’s men miss out on from the Champions League; BY JON COUCH until the 75th minute when
being named as one of the top 16 Juventus and Unirea Urziceni won UNSEEDED TEAMS - Ajax, Lille, Hamburg, Alexsandr Yurevich’s 25-yard effort
seeds, along with Everton and Fulham. more points than Liverpool, while Hertha Berlin, Fulham, Panathinaikos, EVERTON boss David Moyes saw his was deflected in off Shane Duffy.
It means all three English clubs Marseille and Wolfsburg had a better Villarreal, FC Twente, Everton, FC Brugge, FC young side come up just short against Moyes fielded midfielder Jake
face the prospect of being paired with goal difference.” Belarusian champions BATE Borisov Bidwell, who, at 16 years and 271
a host of top clubs including Italian The competition resumes on 16 Copenhagen, Athletic Bilbao, Apoel Nicosia, as the Toffees ended their group stage days, became the club’s youngest
giants Juventus, French side Marseille February. Liverpool, Rubin Kazan, Standard Liege campaign with a narrow home defeat. player to play at this level.

SPORT | IN BRIEF
Ferdinand: I’ll be fit for the World Cup
Gayle blows Aussies away Erlandsson fired six birdies and an
CRICKET: West Indies captain Chris eagle to lead Spain’s Pablo Martin and
Gayle smashed the fifth-fastest century home favourite Dawie van der Walt, party, but although the injury is for me because I have never been

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in Test history to lead his side’s recovery while Anders Hansen is at six-under. being linked to a previous back prob- injured before.”
in the third Test with Australia in Perth.
BY JON COUCH lem, thus delaying his recovery, Ferdinand has been joined on the
Gayle smashed 102 from just 70 balls Gasquet cleared of dope charge INJURY-PLAGUED England centre- Ferdinand insists he’ll be fighting fit sidelines at United by fellow defenders
as the Windies closed on 214-2 in TENNIS: Richard Gasquet last night spoke back Rio Ferdinand has moved to dis- for South Africa. Wes Brown, Jonny Evans, John O’Shea
response to Australia’s 520-7 declared. of his relief after being cleared of any miss claims that he is struggling to be “I’m confident I’ll be fit. There’s no and Gary Neville, but despite having
It capped an incident-packed day wrongdoing by the Court of Arbitration fit for next summer’s World Cup. question I’ll be ready for next sum- to reshuffle the pack, Sir Alex
which threatened to boil over when a for Sport over his doping charge. The Manchester United defender, mer,” he said. “It’s the worst thing for Ferguson’s men have only conceded
clash between Suliemann Benn and The Frenchman, 23, was handed a pro- 31, has been out of action since a player to be injured and to be just three goals in their absence.
Mitchell Johnson led to a war of words. visional 12-month ban by ITF after test- October with a calf injury, raising watching your team, so I’ve been “Michael Carrick’s done a great job
ing positive for cocaine, but an ITF panel doubts as to whether he regain suffi- working hard in the gym to get fit. filling in at centre-half, so has Darren
Erlandsson leads in South Africa were told how the substance got into his cient match fitness to make Fabio “The treatment on my injury is Fletcher at right-back so I’m glad for
GOLF: Sweden’s Martin Erlandsson fired system inadvertently after kissing a Capello’s squad for the South Africa going well. It’s been quite slowly but them,” Ferdinand added.
an eight-under-par 64 to take a one shot woman in a Miami nightclub. showdown. we’re getting there. I can see the light “That’s what Manchester United is
lead into the second day of the South “I am totally relieved,” he said. “I went Capello has warned he will only at the end of the tunnel. all about, it’s all about the team
African Open. through a nightmare for eight months.” select fully-fit players in his 23-man “It’s been a tough and long lay-off effort.”

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