Is broker software house SSP heading for a fall? Well if you read its own promotional literature you might think so.

According to the company's own figures, published in press releases in October and December 2004 and then in January this year, the number of UK sites the company operates fell from 2,400 to 2,000 and then to 1,700.

Chief executive David Rasche brushes it off: "It's just different ways of counting," he told Backchat. "There was little change over that period." OK, but in that case the red faces in the marketing department might want to keep a low profile for a while.