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Looking to US.

Medical diagnostics group Ferraris said it continued to explore the "strategic opportunities" for its business in the United States. The Solihull-based group also said results for the six months to February 28 were likely to be in line with expectations, despite adverse currency movements.

Trade takes off

AIR Partner, which provides charter aircraft to businesses and governments worldwide, said trading in the six months to January 31 had been ahead of expectations. The firm, based at Crawley, West Sussex, will post results in April.

Sales boost

THE Local Radio Company's national sales agency First Radio Sales has won a contract with the Kent Messenger group of radio stations, boosting its presence in the Meridian television region.

High and low

LONDON-BASED computer products group Concurrent Technologies has launched a single board computer which operates at temperatures as low as minus 40 Celsius and as high as 85 Celsius. It is aimed at sectors including defence and homeland security.

Alliance grows

HEALTHCARE products distributor Alliance UniChem, based in Weybridge, Surrey, is buying an 80pc stake in European healthcare logistics firm Alloga from its Swiss associate Galenica.

Surf is up

CHESHIRE-based Surfcontrol, of Congleton, which provides companies with web and e-mail filtering, reported good progress across its business in the final three months of 2004, with underlying earnings 14pc higher at pounds 2.5m.

Looking healthy

PRIVATE healthcare provider Care UK, based in Colchester, Essex, said its pipeline of new business remained strong and that it had reached agreement on a new ten-year pounds 125m borrowing facility to replace its existing facilities of pounds 84m.

Team player

SPORTS promotion and management group First Artist has completed its acquisition of Team Sports Management. The Middlesex-based company aims to branch into the South American market through the purchase of Team, an agency that manages more than 40 players.

Deal tees-off

LONDON-BASED Parallel Media Group said its Asian subsidiary, Parallel Media Golf, has signed an agreement with China's leading consumer electronics brand, TCL, to promote and stage the TCL Classic golf competition.
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Title Annotation:Business Weekly
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 8, 2005
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