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The Week Ahead: Grim figures expected from Home Retail

City analysts are predicting further sharp falls in like-for-like sales at Argos and Homebase when their parent company Home Retail Group posts its interim management statement this Thursday.

Rolls and Balfour team up with Areva to generate 15,000 nuclear jobs in UK

Rolls-Royce and Balfour Beatty have signed up with Areva, the French nuclear reactor maker, to create an industry bloc ready to exploit the opportunities of the UK's nuclear renaissance.

Investment Column: Cash-generative Croda has an air of beauty

Balfour Beatty; Wetherspoon (JD)

The Week Ahead: Thomas Cook and TUI travel with confidence

The FTSE 100-listed travel groups Thomas Cook and TUI Travel are due to update the market on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, and, despite concern about the state of consumer spending, analysts anticipate upbeat statements from both.

The Week Ahead: ASOS likely to thrive as high street suffers

The full-year results for ASOS, formerly As Seen On Screen, will interest those looking for guidance on trends for the resilient online retailer and the sector as a whole. The broker Landsbanki said that as the figures were largely flagged at the pre-close update, the focus will be on the current trading and its outlook.

Jarvis: the company that made a billion and nearly lost it all

As the rail-maintenance group gears up for a sale, Mark Leftly looks back on a dash for growth and the accident that changed everything

Stripped-down Jarvis seeks to get off the train with £100m sale

Jarvis, the quoted rail contractor chaired by former London mayoral candidate Steven Norris, is preparing for a sale this year.

Construction firms accused of price fixing

More than 100 construction firms were today accused of "bid-rigging" by competition watchdogs after one of the biggest ever investigations by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Kill or cure? What price a private finance injection if Brown signs the NHS's life away?

Under the 'Lift' initiative, billions are being spent on upgrading Britain's health facilities. But, as Mark Leftly reports, there is a sting in the tail

Metronet swallows £14m a week as contract wrangles continue

The cost of keeping London Underground maintenance firm Metronet in administration is set to escalate past £500m, the rail workers union said yesterday.

The Week In Review: Desperate dogs will eat anything

The stock market is starting to behave like an ill-treated dog. Ignore it, then throw it a bone and it will lick you all over – as in its enthusiastic reaction to a by no means exuberant trading statement from Character Group, the toys, gifts and games group.

The Week Ahead: Tesco set to give some much-needed retail cheer

Harried investors overrun by last week's flurry of bad headlines must be praying for some retail therapy as they prepare for another set of results from some big-name retailers over the next few days.

Curious George (U)

A shy museum attendant, voiced by Will Ferrell, sails to an African jungle to find an ancient idol, and comes back instead with a mischievously inquisitive chimp. In an age of 3D computer-animation, Curious George is a rare beast: a traditional 2D cartoon. But it's a throwback in other ways, too. Inspired by a series of 1940s storybooks, it glows with unironic joie de vivre, and it has almost none of the smart-alec hipness that's mandatory in today's Dreamworks and Disney products. The Wild, for instance, is wall-to-wall pop hits, movie references and grown-up innuendo. Curious George may have the inevitable King Kong pastiche, and adults might appreciate the loopiness of Will Ferrell's lines ("You don't give a monkey latte!"), but overall this sunny film has a dangerously novel concept: it's a children's cartoon that's aimed at children.

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