P123 CEEFAX 123 Thu 23 Jun 10:43/48  1/5      TOPICS, BIDS & DEALS  American businessman Mr A Taubman has taken his stake in auctioneers Sotheby Parke Bernet to 14.99pc. On Wednesday Mr Taubman bought a further 187,000 shares in the market at 620p and took an option running to June 15 1984 on 270,000. * Rival bidder for Sotheby, Knoll International Holdings, as a 29.9pc stake in the group. Both bids are subject to a Monopolies Commission investigation.  SHARE FEATURES 132 
P123 CEEFAX 123 Thu 23 Jun 20:04/05  2/5      TOPICS, BIDS & DEALS  John Laing is to sell its wholly owned subsidiary Thermalite Ltd to a new private company, Thermalite Hldgs. Consideration for the sale will be some £3.5m. Norton Opax has taken its stake in printers and games makers John Waddington to around 6.4pc. Waddington is fighting off Norton's takeover bid and has also said a rival bid from Mr Robert Maxwell's British Printing & Communications Corp is inadequate.  SHARE FEATURES 132 
P123 CEEFAX 123 Thu 23 Jun 20:08/42  3/5      TOPICS, BIDS & DEALS   Baltic Leasing's offer for West Coast Texas Investment Trust has been declared unconditional with Baltic's holding in West Coast now standing at 92.4pc. The cash offer has closed; the share offer will remain open until further notice. Brengreen subsidiary, Exclusive Cleansing Services, has been awarded the £2m contract for refuse collection and street cleaning for the Vale of the White Horse District Council, Oxfordshire.  SHARE PRICES 131/132 
P123 CEEFAX 123 Thu 23 Jun 20:06/11  4/5      TOPICS, BIDS & DEALS   CPU Computers have announced the basis of their share allocation. The striking price has been set at 130p per share. The offer for sale received 4,000 applications for some 17m shares. Full allotment will be made for all applications received from staff at or above the striking price.  Linfood has completed the acquisition of Fitch Lovell's Key Markets stores chain for £44.8m in cash. Key Markets will now operate as a wholly-owned Linfood subsidiary.  SHARE PRICES 131/132 
P123 CEEFAX 123 Thu 23 Jun 20:04/26  5/5   5£jws1jj5ss    TOPICS, BIDS & DEALS   British Electric Traction is spending some £900,000 on the acquisition of the Glasgow-based bulk liquids haulier, Archibald Brechin Ltd. T e acquisition was made through BET's subsidiary, United Transport Intl. rinting ink and c emical ma ers Ault Wiborg are holding talks with Sun Che ical Corp, which already holds a 48pc stake in the company, with a view to reaching a fair price for Sun to offer for t e remaining shares.  CITYNEWS HEADLINES 120 