Allied Domecq will this week ask Pernod Ricard about reports it is considering a takeover bid. Pernod has declined to comment on the rumours, saying it never discusses its acquisition strategy. But it could have an ally in Diageo, which may be interested in buying Allied's wine business. The Sunday Times 06/02/05 (Business) page 3.3 The Independent on Sunday 06/02/05 (Business) page 10