City&FinanceBriefing READER OFFER TOP PRICE TICKETS FOR 27.50* TO BOOK TICKETS CALL 0844 847 1775AND QUOTE LITE TERMS & CONDITIONS: Valid for Monday - Friday performances at 7.30pm and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm until 23 October 2009. Offer is subject to availability and not valid in conjunction with any other offer. A processing fee per transaction of up to 3.50 applies. Best Available tickets for 27.50 (usually up to 55) *(30 on Friday night and Saturday matinee) Best Available tickets for 27.50 (usually up to 55) *(30 on Friday night and Saturday matinee) PLAY THE GAME Available for iPhone and iPod Touch visit London Lite Thursday, 1 October 2009 41 Inbrief Duff-loans role for Rock ex-boss l AdAm Applegarth, former chief executive of nationalised bank Northern Rock, is returning to the City to advise US private-equity firm Apollo management on its European fund which has a large portfolio of duff loans. Apollo is probably best-known in the UK for its 1billion takeover of estate agent Countrywide at the top of the housing boom in may 2007. Wiseman milks rivals demise l milK giant Robert Wiseman today said it should beat expectations on half-year profit after receiving a boost from the collapse of its rival dairy Farmers of Britain in June. That handed Robert Wiseman a new contract to supply Co-op supermarket branches with its milk. The firm said milk sales are up more than 10% on last year. BAE goes to war with watchdog l ARmS giant BAE Systems is battling with the Serious Fraud Office. The SFO wants to fine the company about 500 million over allegations of bribery. it is believed BAE wants to settle with the SFO and to pay in the region of tens of millions of pounds. The decision on whether the SFO presses charges ultimately lies with Attorney- General Baroness Scotland. UK growth to start this half l ThE international monetary Fund today said that Britains economy would start growing again in the current half of the year on the back of its stabilising property and financial markets, along with the export-boosting weak pound. however, the imF added that gross domestic product this year will contract by 4.4%. Australia Dollars 1.7301 Canada Dollars 1.6520 Denmark Kroner 7.7795 Eurozone Euro 1.0484 Hong Kong Dollars 11.8100 Japan Yen 137.2400 New Zealand Dollars 2.0701 South Africa Rand 11.0800 Sweden Kronor 10.7300 Switzerland Francs 1.5812 UAE Dirham 5.5326 United States Dollars 1.5330 ToURisT RATEs UP 11.59 at 5145.49 fTsE 100 DoW jonEs niKKEi -$ DOWN 29.92 at 9712.28 DOWN 154.59 at 9978.64 DOWN 0.02c at $1.5979 >>for all the latest City share prices, call 0905 817 1694* or visit * Calls cost 75p/min from a BT landline & last approx 1 min per quote. not all stocks are available Kraft set to take Cadbury KRAFT Foods could have a clear field in its race to acquire chocolate giant Cadbury. Reports in the US suggest Hershey, previously seen as a likely white knight which could contest Krafts 10 billion bid with its own offer, is likely to walk away. Hershey is the most famous chocolate maker in America, comparable with Cadbury in the UK. According to the Wall Street Journal, Hershey executives say it is too small to top the Kraft bid. 800,000 due an Aviva cheque by Christmas MORE than 800,000 Aviva customers will be sent a cheque of between 214 and 1230 after the insurance giant concluded a deal to distribute excess cash in its life funds. The plan to hand out so-called orphan assets -- monies built up over many decades -- has been under discussion since at least 2006. Aviva today said 805,000 policyholders owning CGNU and CULAC with- profits funds can expect a cheque in time for Christmas. The 470 million payout values the orphan estate at 1.25 billion. The remainder will be for corporate use. Policyholder advocate Clare Spottiswoode was appointed to handle the interests of the policyholders and analysts say if she had been quicker to agree the terms, the payout could have been higher. The value of the orphan estate tumbled in the midst of the financial crisis and solvency concerns led some to question whether a payout of any sort was wise. The Aviva payout will be a huge logistical exercise. The affected policyholders are spread across 157 countries. Orphan funds have been a hot topic for decades. Critics say the funds should have been paid out sooner, as in many cases the owners of the assets have died. Feast your eyes: X Factors Cheryl Cole kept families glued to TV A topping time for Dominos as telly wars rage THe Saturday night TV scheduling clash between The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing meant families stuck to their sofas dialled Dominos for dinner, the pizza chains latest results show. The recession-beating chain added another topping to its success story today, saying it will beat expectations for full-year profits as it posted a third-quarter sales surge of 10.8%. Dominos said Britains High Streets, which already contain 30 more branches of the chain than last year, will host a further 20 before the end of this year. The chain already has 501 outlets around the UK. The group, which benefited from its sponsorship of Britains Got Talent, said the economic cli- mate meant it had made the most of cheaper advertising prices. More people are also ordering online, with internet sales up by 43.1% in the 13 weeks to the end of September. Chief executive Chris Moore said: We still have to face some tough comparatives before the year end, but by focusing on the quality of our product and the excellence of our customer service, we are ready for the chal- lenge. 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