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09 February, 2007

Scottish and Newcastle is taking consultancy firm Price Waterhouse Coopers to court, saying that PWC gave it advice designed to cut costs, which actually made the company spend more money. The brewer, which filed the claim last year, was advised on the restructuring of supply arrangements at its UK-based Scottish Courage subsidiary between 2001 and 2003. However, in February 2003, S&N blamed the restructuring, and ballooning associated costs, for a profits warning that led to a sharp fall in its share price. It is thought that S&N is claiming damages of £10 million.

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Looking back to look forward

Wine is a liquid time capsule. Drinking older vintages not only recalls the weather conditions and winemaking styles of the past, it encourages us to reflect upon our own histories. Such reminiscence often inclines towards romanticised nostalgia. Especially after the second bottle. But looking back is a great way of learning about the future.

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