Henowhas300,000sharesinthefirm。

SharesintheRestaurantGroup,whichalsoownstheMexican-themedrestaurantChiquitoandGarfunkels,aBritishandAmerican-stylerestauranttargetedattourists,havefalleninlinewithaworseningeconomicoutlookinrecentmonths。

Jacksonbought20,000sharesat146patimeinMarch。

Whilethecompanyssharepricehasfallensharplyoverthepastcoupleofmonths,asyetitstradingperformancehasshownlittlesignofbeingaffectedinthewaysomeofitsrivalshave。

BackinAugust,itsaidpre-taxprofitroseto£22。

1mforthe26weeksending29June2008comparedwith£17。

2mlastyearonsalesthatroseto£203。

2mfrom£172mlastyear。

Thecompanysaiditexpectedtoopen30newrestaurantsbeforetheendof2008。

Whilsttheeconomicoutlookremainschallenging,Iamconfidentthat,absentafurthersignificantdeteriorationintheUKeconomy,wewilldeliveranotheryearofgoodprogress,non-executivechairmanAlanJacksonsaid。

JohnJacksonworkedwiththeBodyShopfrom1988to1993,beforeleavingtoheadRichardBransonsunsuccessfulbidfortheNationalLottery。

Heisalsoanon-executivedirectoratthechocolatemakerThorntons。

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SmithsGroup(SMIN)

Directorname:MrPhilipBowman

Amountpurchased:47,058@756。

60p

Value:£356,041

RestaurantGroup(RTN)

Directorname:MrJohnJackson

Amountpurchased:200,000@104。

20p

Value:£208,400

MWTOPSLtdRedPartPrefShsEUR(TOPE)

Directorname:MrDuncanFord

Amountpurchased:25,000@€8。

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Value:€206,750

Rolls-RoyceGroup(RR。

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Directorname:MrPeterJohnByrom

Amountpurchased:40,000@275。

80p

Value:£110,320

SmithsGroup(SMIN)

Directorname:MrJohnLangston

Amountpurchased:13,372@756。

60p

Value:£101,173

MWTOPSLtdPartRedPrefShsUSD(TOPU)

Directorname:MrDuncanFord

Amountpurchased:10,000@$8。

26

Value:$82,620

SmithsGroup(SMIN)

Directorname:MrPaulRCox

Amountpurchased:9,705@756。

60p

Value:£73,428

DominoPrinting(DNO)

Directorname:MrPeterJohnByrom

Amountpurchased:32,000@211。

00p

Value:£67,520

LighthouseGroup(LGT)

Directorname:MrAllanRosengren

Amountpurchased:645,000@10。

00p

Value:£64,500

NetplayTV(NPT)

Directorname:MrAndrewChristopherLapping

Amountpurchased:300,000@18。

90p

Value:£56,700

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