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BUSINESS

Teagasc vote meeting postponed

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentTEAGASC announced last night that a scheduled meeting due to be held at Oak Park in Carlow today, has been postponed.

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Improved prices for heifers

By Martin RyanMarts: Heifer prices made some gains at the mart sales yesterday with improvements of up to €10/head for both beef and stores, but the trade for plainer bullocks was easier.

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Calls for interim payments for farmers

By Ray RyanTHE Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association has called on Agriculture and Food Minister Mary Coughlan to ensure that the cash flow problems of the 7,000 farmers awaiting their single farm payment are immediately resolved.

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NTR buyout puts fresh focus on One51

By Brian O'MahonyRECENT developments at the toll road operator NTR Plc has put fresh focus on One51, which is due to float on the Irish stock market this year.

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Minister launches broadband paper

NOEL DEMPSEY, Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, has launched a discussion paper on broadband demand in Ireland.

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Prosecutors paint picture of corporate 'time bomb' as Enron trial commences

ENRON was a "ticking time bomb" in its final months as top executives lied to the public about the billions of dollars in losses it faced, prosecutors said yesterday at the start of the trial of former chief executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.

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Google denies Napster link-up

GOOGLE yesterday denied it was considering a bid for Napster, leading to shares of the digital music service to fall back from gains of as much as 60%.

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Ex-Sun editor attacks 'ridiculous' AIB

By Ian GuiderA FORMER editor of The Sun newspaper has launched an extraordinary attack on AIB for not agreeing to a deal that would have saved his magazine publishing company.

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Taoiseach opens research facility

TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern officially opened a €26 million UCD Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology (CSCB) building at the Belfield campus yesterday.

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Regions 'facing greater pressure'

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentREGIONAL differences have emerged as one of the key hallmarks of the latest SME survey.

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Smaller firms show determination to succeed

By Conor Keane, Finance EditorTHE resilience and sheer determination of the small and medium enterprise sector to succeed in an extremely competitive environment is one of consistent threads that runs through the Chambers Ireland/Irish Examiner SME Business Confidence Survey.

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SMEs expecting strong sales growth

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentSMALL and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) face into 2006 with expectations of higher sales.

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Microsoft link with Enterprise Ireland

ENTERPRISE IRELAND is the first development agency in Europe to enter formal agreement with Microsoft on a programme enabling companies to benefit from a new company initiative.

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Estate agents makes loss of €360,000

By Ian GuiderLEADING estate agents Lisney swung into the red last year.

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Postage rates set for price increase

RATES for certain postal services are set to increase for the second time in 14 years, following a decision by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) in December.

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Survey aims to determine confidence at SMEs

RESEARCH for the Chambers Ireland/Irish Examiner SME Business Confidence Survey was undertaken by independent market research company MORI Ireland.

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Downgrades see Ryanair shares drop

SHARES in Ryanair fell by almost 6% at one stage yesterday after being downgraded by two brokers.

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Businesses plan price hikes to combat rising costs

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentNEARLY half of Irish businesses plan to raise prices this year because of increasing costs.

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Postgraduate Fair takes place at UCC

THE eighth annual Postgraduate Fair, hosted by UCC's Careers Service, takes place on February 9.

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