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EasyJet shares plummeted after the budget airline warned that the timing of Easter would have an impact on its first-half results.

GlaxoSmithKline bets big on emerging markets in $1bn plan to raise stake in India unit

Britain’s biggest drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, has set out plans to raise its stake in its Indian business by up to 75 per cent in a deal worth about £629 million.

Hot summer boosts AG Barr as sales fizz higher

IRN-Bru maker AG Barr has announced an 8 per cent increase in third quarter sales after the company bounced from its failed merger with Britvic.

African budget airline Fastjet takes off on international flights

Fastjet, the new budget African airline backed by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, announced the launch of its international flight operations yesterday.

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Hamish McRae: Education and financial services can give UK an edge over rivals

Economic view: The great brand names of Europe have a powerful lure throughout the emerging world

Toddlers to get flu vaccine in Jeremy Hunt’s A&E overhaul

Children aged two and three will be vaccinated against flu for the first time as one of a number of measures to prevent a winter health crisis.

Young children to be given flu jab

Children aged two and three will be vaccinated against flu for the first time in a raft of new Government measures to prevent a winter health crisis.

Japanese clinch £1.35bn Ribena and Lucozade buy from GlaxoSmithKline

The drinks are made in the UK at a factory in Coleford, Gloucestershire, which employs around 500 staff

Middle-class problems: Meetings

There was a time when there used to be a sense of ceremony about them. In the days of the BMP era (before mobile phones), there were designated rooms and even, if you were particularly lucky,  a small saucer of Digestives and Jammie Dodgers to differentiate them from the run-of-the-mill things we did in our working day. Back then, meetings were, in the main, things you held when you had to – to plan a change of tactic or brainstorm new ideas.

Market Report: Stick with Tesco despite Irish woes

Things may be going wrong for Tesco in Ireland but it's not time to give up on the supermarket just yet, according to the scribblers at Cantor Fitzgerald. Mike Dennis at the broker warns that the "main disappointment at Tesco interims, due 2 October, could be Europe". He notes that things don't look good in the Republic of Ireland, Tesco's biggest European market, with sales there in the last quarter falling by 3 per cent.

Ryanair is now slashing capacity over winter, grounding as many as 80 aircraft to cut costs

Low-cost airline Ryanair goes into a steep dive after shock profits warning

Firm is now slashing capacity over winter, grounding as many as 80 aircraft to cut costs

Sony rumoured to reveal Virtual Reality headset for the PS4

Popularity of the Oculus Rift has reignited interest in virtual reality gaming.

Rangers owner Charles Green (far left)

Charles Green to stand down from consultant role at Rangers

The former chief executive was being paid for the position

Portugal’s borrowing costs dip steeply

Portugal’s 10-year borrowing costs fell steeply yesterday after its President, Anibal Cavaco Silva, ruled out snap elections and said he wanted the centre-right coalition to stay in place to keep the nation’s €78bn (£67bn) bailout on track. Portuguese 10-year yields dropped 0.38 percentage points to 6.24 per cent as relief sank in after the news.

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