In Stars of the Decade we looked back at the British companies that maintained the best records of both growth and profitability in the 1970s. Racal, now demerged, sat at the top of the list. The top 10 included today's two pharmaceutical winners, Glaxo and the now-merged Beecham, as well as three current Footsie retailers: Asda, Tesco and Boots. Of the rest, BSR (now Astec) fared less well, while European Ferries, Electronic Rentals and Nottingham Manufacturing have since been subsumed.
Elsewhere we examined the fortunes of a European electronics giant with an equally chequered history: Ferranti. Now, with its main parts spread among GEC, Thomson CSF and Matra Marconi, the headline `How Ferranti Fought Back' appears all the more acute. Over a decade on, `Lazarus', as chief executive Derek Alun Jones wryly called it, finally succumbed.