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THOMAS OWNERS HIT THE BUFFERS

THOMAS the Tank Engine looks set for new owners, as debt-laden media group HIT Entertainment may be forced to sell its most profitable brand to lenders in order to avoid breaching its banking covenants next year. The group, which also owns Bob the Builder and Barney the Dinosaur, revealed debt of $470m (£291m) in July last year. Disney is also believed to be interested