The future of Didier Lefevre as head of Scottish & Newcastle's poor-performing French operations is in the balance, according to The Business. Chief executive Tony Froggatt is "piling pressure" on him and sources say it is "touch and go" whether Lefevre will survive. Sales in the former Brasseries Kronenbourg plunged 4.3% during the first part of the year while the rest of the group posted an 8% rise in interim profits to £163m. S&N also faces a Russian court showdown this week over the company's 50% stake in the BBH joint venture with Carlsberg. Rebel shareholders in Baltika, the main Russian brewery owned by Baltic Beverage Holding (BBH), claim that a restructuring plan is an attempt to siphon funds out of the business tax-free. Both S&N and Carlsberg deny the allegation. BBH has been a star division for S&N, with sales leaping to £280m and adding 3.4% to group sales. The Business 14/08/05 pages 3 & 9

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