Small-cap Week, October 10

Nanoco, Atlantic Coal, Waterman Group and Stanley Gibbons featured

EU launches aircraft maintenance probe

Regulators focus on competition in $60bn repair market

Eurasia Drilling plans to go private

Majority owners offer half the price Schlumberger had proposed

Eurozone jobseeker confidence boosts Hays

Recruiter reports 8% rise in net fee income thanks to recovery

Rentokil deploys tech to outsmart pests

Group embraces sensors to snare bigger share of £10bn market

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PwC tops Deloitte to lead the Big Four

Acquisition of Booz & Co powers consulting revenue growth

Xchanging Centre Preston H/O

Capita / Xchanging: insurance premium

The outsourcer’s proposed acquisition is riskier than most of its deals but should still work out

In defence of class-action suits

Collective claims against errant companies drive the point home

A man walks past a post office in Tokyo, Thursday 6 July 2006. Japan Post and Rakuten Inc., operator of a major virtual shopping mall, plan to jointly enter the Internet auction business, sources close to the matter said Thursday. Starting in September, the state-run postal firm's Yu-Pack parcel service will be used to deliver goods bought via an auction system that allows both buyers and sellers to remain anonymous.
Japan Post hopes the partnership will boost its Yu-Pack business.

Japan Post studies Royal Mail debacle

Advisers preparing float aim to avoid errors of UK counterparts

EU competition concerns on Rexam takeover

Asset sales likely for approving merger between drinks can makers

Carlyle to take stake in PA Consulting

Private equity group to buy 51 per cent of UK company

Speedy Hire issues second profit warning

Tool rental group has suffered operational difficulties

HSS Hire chief quits after float flops

Tool hire group’s shares lose more than 70% since IPO

Korn Ferry to buy Hay Group for $452m

Recruiter says deal for consultancy will extend its global reach

The risk shared by vicars and accountants

Church of England fragility has parallel in professional services

Small-cap Week, September 19

Imagination Technologies, HaiKe Chemical, Gateley and Quadrise featured

Serco offloads Indian business for £250m

Cash will be used to pay down debt and win government contracts

UK groups rush into cyber security

Tension grows between small specialists and Big Four firms

G4S secures deals in Iraq and Afghanistan

Contract to protect UK government office in Kabul extended

Sexism spat highlights a further problem

Staying quiet is often the easier course, but not always the best


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