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Company bug bear Time is running out if you haven't yet started to check if your computer systems will be stricken by the millennium bug.

Surveys by the Department of Trade & Industry's Action 2000 task force show that many smaller firms have still done little or nothing to prepare for the problems posed by the millennium bug. 'We would say that anyone who has not at least put an item in their budget for the first quarter of next year is potentially vulnerable,' says Action 2000 operations director Tony Stock.

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