BG TO STEP UP GERMAN STAKE

British Gas plc, London, has agreed to take a second interest in the natural gas distribution industry in eastern Germany. The agreement with Treuhandanstalt, the agency responsible for privatizing eastern German industry, will allow BG to acquire a 25.5% interest in a new gas distribution company for the region around Leipzig in West Saxony. The new company has not yet been named. Vereinigte Elektrizitatswerke (VEW) also will hold a 25.5% interest. The remainder of the equity will go to local

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