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Buy-out specialists Candover Investments report. Chief executive Stephen Curran to gloat over acquisition of the bookies William Hill, snapped up from Nomura after the bank's abortive attempt to float the operation. Also, manufacturing output figures. Rupert Murdoch's London hitman Les Hinton to make speech on media regulation.


BAT sneakily produce annual report 24 hours before National No-Smoking day. BAT much cheered up by legal news from the UK, which will avoid American- style class-action liability for mass murder, and the company may celebrate by acquiring Nabisco's tobacco business for $6bn (pounds 3.8bn). Otherwise not much happening - only the Budget.


Take mountain of newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, e-mails, and faxes from your accountant, broker, dry-cleaner, child-minder re: "How the Budget affects YOU!" to the municipal dump. Pearson to report.


Saatchi & Saatchi annual figures. A clutch of extremely dull companies also report - not least Reed Elsevier, the cash-rich Anglo-Dutch wannabe media player currently failing to do very well in electronic publishing.


Red Nose Day. Breaking the habits of a lifetime, City folk will be encouraged to create wealth for others by behaving like absolute idiots. North Sea operator Enterprise Oil releases figures.