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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.

Standard Life's David Nish gets £5m

David Nish, Standard Life's chief executive, took home £5m last year, an amount of money likely to irritate the insurer's army of small shareholders and keep the hot issue of executive pay in the spotlight.

Thomas Cook announced plans to axe 2,500 UK jobs

Thomas Cook promises hi-tech focus on city breaks after news of agency closures and redundancies

Thomas Cook promised to become more “high-tech and high-touch” today as it rolled out its turnaround strategy with a bigger focus on city breaks.

Paperback review: The Science of Love and Betrayal, By Robin Dunbar

A many-splendored (and bloodthirsty) thing

West Ham celebrate promotion from the npower Championship last season

Football League partnership with npower will not be renewed

The energy supplier replaced Coca-Cola in 2010

Thorntons bites back at critics of slow closures pace

Thorntons mounted a robust defence of its strategy yesterday following criticism by an activist investor over the weekend about the slow pace of the chocolatier's store closure programme.

Dulux owner AkzoNobel is hit as painters take a break

Dulux owner AkzoNobel saw its balance sheet painted red in 2012, as fewer people redecorated their homes across Europe.

Activist calls for new broom at antiques dealer Mallett

Activist investor Peter Gyllenhammar is preparing to overhaul Mallett, the 148-year-old London antiques dealer.

Antiques dealer Mallett resists bid by activist Gyllenhammar to get on board

The activist investor Peter Gyllenhammar is preparing to overhaul Mallett, the 148-year-old London antiques dealer.

Altmann quits Saga for independent role

Ros Altmann has stepped down as director general of Saga, the group that offers advice and financial services to the over-fifties, after only two and a half years.

Ocado posts 11th consecutive annual loss but forecasts profit

The online grocer Ocado has mounted a vigorous defence of its business model after posting another loss for the 11th year running.

The secret to finding love online? Data, apparently

Over on Mashable there's an essential read for those struggling to find love online, as Amy Webb shares her secret for going from largely overlooked on JDate, a Jewish match-making site, to being one of the site's most popular profiles. The key? A mixture of espionage and mathematics.

Last Night's Viewing: Bob Servant Independent, BBC4
Life after War: Haunted by Helmand, BBC3

Bob Servant apparently owes his existence to email scammers. Like Henry Root, Willie Donaldson's imaginary letter writer, Servant was Neil Forsyth's alter ego in writing to online swindlers and con men, responding to them with a garrulous energy that drove even the most persistent of them to the point of distraction in the end.

Arm’s length: Doris Day and John Raitt in the 1957 romantic comedy The Pajama Game

Love's big secret? Play hard to get

That's the strategy used by both men and women to test a potential partner's commitment, claims new research

Tesco eyes an exit from US as it axes Fresh & Easy boss

Tim Mason, the chief executive of Tesco's US business, has paid the price for losses of £850m over five years at its troubled Fresh & Easy operation, as the group admitted it was "likely" to exit America.

Tesco eyes an exit from US as it axes Fresh & Easy boss

Supermarket giant loses £850m in five years in America and UK sales slip back again

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