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The multi-billion dollar sale of Vin & Sprit (V&S), the owner of trendy Swedish vodka Absolut, is once again on the cards. The Swedish...

The multi-billion dollar sale of Vin & Sprit (V&S), the owner of trendy Swedish vodka Absolut, is once again on the cards. The Swedish government has always been steadfast in its refusal to sell, but the country is holding elections next month and the opposition leader has confirmed that, should his party come to power, it would privatise some state-owned assets. Companies likely to be interested include Pernod-Ricard and Diageo - The Independent on Sunday

Parents are to be given the legal right to work part-time and choose their employment hours in radical proposals for families being drawn up by Labour. The so-called "workplace revolution" aimed at women will also give parents the legal right to paid sick leave if their children are taken ill - The Independent on Sunday

Coca-Cola's biggest brand launch in Britain for decades, the sugar-free fizzy drink Coke Zero, may be in danger of falling flat, according to confidential industry data. After an initial burst in June and July, aided by hot weather and a huge marketing campaign that aroused the public's curiosity, sales of Coke Zero appear to have suffered sizeable falls for three consecutive weeks. Data attributed to AC Nielsen show the volume of Coke Zero's take-home sales in Britain fell from 2.6m litres a week to 1.8m between late July and the middle of this month. Industry sources also said, without providing supporting data, that Coke Zero was cannibalising sales of Diet Coke - The Sunday Times

Capital Pub Company, the chain formed by Firkin pubs entrepreneur David Bruce, is understood to be planning an AIM listing after Christmas. It has just bought 10 premises from Punch Taverns - The Sunday Express

The government's supercasino project is illegal under European competition law, according to lawyer Tony Wollenberg of law firm Salans. He said the battle to host one casino is "highly questionable" and any legal challenge could delay the project by years - The Sunday Express

Home Office staff are hacking into the department's computers, putting at risk the privacy of 40m people in Britain. The revelation undermines government claims that sensitive information being collected for its controversial ID Cards scheme could not fall into criminal hands - The Mail on Sunday

The Food Standards Agency is planning to give money to a council investigating the salmonella scare at Cadbury's Herefordshire chocolate factory. The cash will help the local authority bring a prosecution against the confectionery company. Herefordshire council applied last week to receive financial aid from the food watchdog's fighting fund - The Sunday Telegraph

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