There's some pretty big news jingle-jangling out of the phone sector this weekend, but none major enough to shake Wall Streeters out of their focus on Thursday's

Employment Cost Index

report and the continuation of

earnings season.

U.K. papers are reporting that

Cable & Wireless


may soon sell its


wireless phone business.

The Financial Mail on Sunday

said One2One, co-owned with



of the U.S., could fetch as much as 11 billion pounds, or $17.4 billion, in a sale to Germany's

Deutsche Telekom

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The Sunday Times

of London separately reports that Cable & Wireless is on the verge of buying back its business phone operations, formerly called


, from 53%-owned

Cable & Wireless Communications


for about 7 billion pounds, or $11 billion.

Elsewhere in telecom, or telecoms, as our British Empire friends say, the Australian government said a further 16.6% of



, the huge, mostly government-controlled Aussie phone company, will hit the public market in October. The flotation of up to 2.132 billion shares is expected to raise about A$16 billion, or US$10 billion. The government, which sold 33% of Telstra in 1997, will hold about 51% after this latest offering.

The U.K.'s

Sunday Telegraph

reports that

Shire Pharmaceuticals


is close to a stock-based merger of equals with

Roberts Pharmaceuticals


of the U.S. The resulting company would be worth about $1.5 billion.

In big global trade news, the U.S. and Vietnam inked an agreement in principle that moves the former combatants closer to full commercial ties. The pact came after a marathon negotiation that included a 17-hour session on Saturday, which left U.S. Trade Representative

Charlene Barshefsky's

stomach knotted from an ill-advised




combo ... sorry, that was me in college.

Elsewhere in the Eastern Hemisphere,

Sara Lee


has made the sad, momentous decision to withdraw the Wonderbra from sale in Shanghai, according to the

Shanghai News

. The bra enjoyed initial success upon its limited introduction to Shanghai in 1997, but sales were disappointing after department-store counters opened. "The Wonderbra has overestimated Chinese consumers' purchasing power," said the


. Further details on the bra's cognitive abilities were unavailable at virtual-press time.

In the Papers


fronts a piece on "How to Revive


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." The story points out the Mouse House's multiple disorders, such as weak retail sales, weak


ratings and a weak hold on the attention of young fans bombarded by cooler entertainment alternatives (the last being the subject of an April


series). But it goes on to say Disney's parts are so appealing, despite recent struggles, that the sum of them will likely see its value rise in due course.


Alan Abelson

(this just in: He's bearish) talks with Tom Petrie of oil-and-gas investment shop

Petrie Parkman

, who likes


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Forest Oil



HS Resources



Ocean Energy



The paper also includes a positive feature on


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and a look at the competitive threat that electronic communications networks pose to the big stock exchanges.

The big business feature in Sunday's

New York Times

is on


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new Metreon "urban entertainment destination" (or mall, for those of you not in the PR business) in San Francisco. The mall-like whozamawhatzit, featuring shops, interactive games and movie theaters, is seen as part of the next wave in retail and entertainment, but its estimated $225 million cost has observers reserving judgment for now.



also takes a long look at the convoluted battle between

Qwest Communications



Global Crossing


for control of


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U S West


, focusing on Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio. You may know the contretemps ended with Qwest agreeing to buy U S West and Global Crossing winning Frontier, but in this story you'll find out who called and emailed whom when and how often; what Nacchio's family gave him for his birthday; and much, much, much more.