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Extraordinary Items – West may be best but east costs least.

“The southeast Asian cloud may have a silver lining after all,” she wrote. Financial Director had been on readers’ desks barely a week before Rexam FD Michael Hartnall spent £58m buying a third of the equity and two-thirds of the debt in a Taiwanese competitor, Der Kwei. Days later, eastern stock exchanges were scoring rises of 10% to 15%. A silver lining indeed …

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