Merlin move float forward

Michael Bow
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ALTON Towers owner Merlin Entertainments yesterday closed the book early for its looming stock market float after strong demand.

Merlin has moved forward the deadline for institutional investors to show interest in buying stock in the firm from next Monday to this coming Thursday 7 November.

Retail investors hoping to buy in to the theme park owner, which also owns Legoland, have also been given a Thursday deadline, a day before the original cut off point.