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What the papers say - FINANCIAL TIMES

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Halliburton has said it may not rebid for its multibillion dollar US troop contract if it is put to competitive tender. Chairman and chief executive, David Lesar said his company would 'jack the margins up' if it did decide to bid.

Amec is considering whether to apply to have its shares reclassified. They are currently listed as construction sector shares, but could move to the support services sector to reflect the company's increasing move away from mainstream contracting.

Prime minister Tony Blair has promised to publish delayed proposals for a corporate manslaughter bill in the current parliamentary session.

Blair did not however, confirm when the proposals would become law.

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