P528 Teletext 528 Oct 2 21:04:10   NEWS  FILE ———————————  ———————————————————————— HILLSDOWN CLEARED OVER UNITS SPLIT Hillsdown Holdings announced it has gained investor approval for the demerger of its chilled foods and housing units. This would be the first move in a process which will see the conglomerate slim down to a grocery provisions business. Hillsdown had said in May slowing profits and a lack of focus were holding the company's progress back. ——————————————————————————————————1/4—— Financial headlines 500 City index 501 CHECK YOUR SHARE PRICES p510 Press File Companies Shares City News
P528 Teletext 528 Oct 2 21:01:11   NEWS  FILE ———————————  ———————————————————————— FIRM'S WIRELESS CUSTOMER BASE GROWS Orange's wire-free telephone customer base grew by a record 201,000 in the third-quarter to stand at 1.65m. Total growth over the last nine months totals 450,000, more than for the whole of 1997, itself a record year. The Just Talk customer base now stands at over 150,000. The 12-month churn rate, a key indicator of customer loyalty, in September was 19.6% compared with 18.9% to the end of June. ——————————————————————————————————2/4—— Financial headlines 500 City index 501 CHECK YOUR SHARE PRICES p510 Press File Companies Shares City News
P528 Teletext 528 Oct 2 21:01:00   NEWS  FILE ———————————  ———————————————————————— BOARD SHAKE-UP AT MARCHPOLE HOLDINGS Marchpole Holdings' chairman John Melbourn and financial director Charles Taylor are quitting the company. Marchpole, distributor of Yves Saint Laurent menswear, has had a brief and turbulent history as a listed company. Marchpole said Roger Butler, chief executive of Newton Investment Management, will replace Mr Melbourn. The company's shares have sunk since it joined the stock market 10 months ago. ——————————————————————————————————3/4—— Financial headlines 500 City index 501 CHECK YOUR SHARE PRICES p510 Press File Companies Shares City News
P528 Teletext 528 Oct 2 21:00:00   NEWS  FILE ———————————  ———————————————————————— FLEXTECH SIGNS CARRIAGE DEAL WITH CWC Flextech has signed a nine-channel, analogue and digital deal with Cable & Wireless Communications. The carriage agreement covers Flextech's wholly-owned channels — Bravo, Challenge TV, Living and Trouble — plus five UKTV channels, which are a Flextech joint venture with the BBC. CWC launches new TV and phone packages to customers on Monday. Digital services are due to start in 0899. ——————————————————————————————————4/4—— Financial headlines 500 City index 501 CHECK YOUR SHARE PRICES p510 Press File Companies Shares City News