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Has the chemistry gone? Will Boots flog Halfords?

It’s profitable but it’s not soapy enough for Boots The Chemists: “It does not fit with our strategic intent,” said a Boots spokesman. According to the Sunday Times, a number of bidders are circling the bike and auto accessories chain. However, Boots said today that no bid has been received and the chain is not for sale

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FMD is far from beaten says PM, and OIA agrees

Yesterday's recognition by Tony Blair that "foot and mouth isn't beaten yet" and that there is more to do in overcoming the crisis caused by the enforced closure of much of the British countryside has been cautiously welcomed by the Outdoor Industries Association (which repeats its demand for cheap loans for FMD-blighted businesses)

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