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Online co-op Letsbuyit.com has delayed a stockmarket flotation for the second time in two months, even though it had slashed its original valuation by nearly half. The first float, where it valued the company at between £750 million and £1 billion was pulled because of "market volatility". The company's investors pledged to stand by it. There's been no excuse given for the second pull, which had valued Letsbuyit at £500 million. The Reg has always maintained that the company's concept and business plan is shaky (story: Letsbuyit.com ducks out of float) nd we are looking increasingly right.



Vodafone looks set to bow to shareholder pressure over its £10 million bonus to CEO Chris Gent. The telecomms company was last night on the point of pledging not to repeat the payout, today's

FT

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DirectLine has launched an online car dealership for new and second-hand cars online. Jamjar.com (US readers - jam jar is Cockney rhyming-slang for car) joins other cybershowrooms in promising to be cheaper than traditional high-street dealerships. Customers also get to sell their cars online.



Each vehicle comes with a three-year warranty, one year's breakdown cover, 12 month road tax and a week's return policy. And prepare yourselves for a £15 million marketing campaign.



Yahoo! shares rocketed yesterday when it amazed analysts by declaring a 12-cents-a-share income when they thought it'd be 10 cents. The better than expected profit, attributed to global expansion, caused shares to leap 12 per cent. Revenue for the quarter was $270.12 million from $128.57 million same time last year, net income from $27.06 million to $73.99 million.




Jellyworks, the Internet investment company, has fallen victim to a reverse takeover by Shore Capital, the company announced yesterday. A spokesman for Jellyworks said that its portfolio of quoted and unquoted investments would be better off as part of a larger investment banking operation. Floated six months ago at a trifling 5p per share, at the height of the dotcom boom earlier this year, Jellyworks was valued at £300 million. The price has since wobbled its way down to £67 million, or 30p per share.




Online bill paying in the UK may arrive a little later than expected. Apacs, the clearing house for banks and building societies had planned to introduce an industry-wide scheme, but now admits that not all the banks concerned are officially on board. The organisation also confessed that it had not yet signed up a systems supplier to provide the service. A spokesman said that a final decision about the proposals would be made by the end of the month.




Online stockbroker E*Trade is offering a souped up service to wheeler dealers who buy, buy,buy, sell,sell, sell more than 30 times a month. Power7 E*Trade offers cheaper commissions after the 30th deal - a flat £8.95 compared with up to £19.95 for those who trade stocks less regularly. Only about 2,000 or 3,000 people currently trade at these levels with the service. ®



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