P529 Teletext 529 Jan 2 00:10:00    ———————————— FRIDAY ——————————  TIMES European central banks breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as the final act of converting national currencies into euros passed off without a hitch. TELEGRAPH Portman, the sixth-largest building society, halted new account openings after its branches were besieged by carpetbaggers. INDEPENDENT GHF has offered to take over Griffin Trading Company, the London branch of the Chicago futures broker which has filed for bankruptcy. ——————————————————————————————————1/2—— Share index 510 Company index 520 I.T.JOBS? - CONTRACT OR PERMANENT see p631 World Pound Shares Family Finance
P529 Teletext 529 Jan 2 00:11:01    ———————————— FRIDAY ——————————  GUARDIAN At least eight of Britain's largest building societies could face a battle over their future after being targeted by rebel members demanding they convert to banks. MAIL Martin Edwards, the Manchester United chief executive, saw the value of his stake in the club soar from £57m to £87m last year — but many soccer investors ended the year as sick as parrots. The Financial Times was not published. ——————————————————————————————————2/2—— Share index 510 Company index 520 I.T.JOBS? - CONTRACT OR PERMANENT see p631 World Pound Shares Family Finance