Betfair merger on course as revenues rise

Bookmaker says it’s in ‘reasonable shape’ as Paddy Power tie-up nears

Five Disney copycat hotels fined in China

Comes a month after regulators pledge special support to Disney

Thomas Cook flies back into profit

Group pledges to pay a dividend in 2017 after bookings rise

Private equity targets Premier League

Fast-rising income and cost control have generated irresistible financial rewards

Jeff Bezos rocket wins safe return race

Amazon’s founder’s group beats Elon Musk to successful test

Ladbrokes investors back Gala Coral deal

Overwhelming vote in favour despite Dermot Desmond’s opposition

It’s time to talk about takeovers

If the argument for a deal is strong, debate will endorse it

Fifa: The fall of the house of Blatter

The inside story on the moves being made by football’s governing body to survive amid US and Swiss corruption investigations

vineyard covered with snow

Chile reaps benefits of new techniques

A natural protection from pests helps production

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From dusty cellar to high-spec wine room

Wealthy clients want top designs and the best technology

Digital startups join fine wine trade

Peer-to-peer trading facility aims for niche in crowded market

‘Buy-now, drink-now’ ranges take off

Few have cellars and younger wines can be delicious

Liv-ex indices show reason for caution

Fine wine markets are volatile but wise investors can still make profits

Hopes for more than a case of sour grapes

Enterprising winemaker aims to revive successes last enjoyed in Roman times

Moldova turns its eyes to the west

About 90% of exports used to go to other parts of the former Soviet Union

The wine club with vaulting ambition

A former bank building in London will offer secure storage and a place of education too

Bordeaux investors must not hurry to buy

Buyers are sceptical about en primeur as high prices dent demand

Domaine Chanzy aims for the party set

Burgundy winemaker hopes the brand will become synonymous with luxury

Grape haul of China requires a good nose

Investors must be careful of fakes when buying inside the country

Top marques hold their own at auction

Prices have been flattening, but good names from certain regions have sold well


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