Pernod Ricard publishes final figures on Thursday. But making bigger news will be its thoughts on the current wave of consolidation and whether it is interested in Allied Domecq. The Business suggests that it has now given up hope of taking out Allied either by itself or with the help of a partner like Fortune Brands or Diageo. Analyst Vanessa Laurence believes Pernod could have Eu3bn to spend on acquisitions with Absolut vodka a prime target, with its healthy US sales. The Independent on Sunday 13/03/05 (Business) page 11 The Business 13/03/05 page 19