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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.

Market Report: Polish woes sees Aurelian drop again

Back in February, bosses at Aurelian Oil & Gas complained the explorer's value was "not fully reflected" in its share price. The market clearly agrees with the statement if not the sentiment – the stock has dropped another 30 per cent then.

Simon English: Get the City look – the double-dip version

Outlook Is the present strife in the City going to hit sales of fancy male grooming products? Anecdotal evidence that it might comes from trader Marcus, a suave fellow whose suit always looks immaculate, his skin freshly scrubbed.

Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney spends the weekend with close political friends

Mitt Romney's weekend away with 700 close friends (who happen to be rich)

Running-mate hopefuls jostle for position at lavish event ahead of $6bn election

Japan in £41m buy from Premier Foods

Britain's best-known vinegar and pickles brands have been sold to the Japanese in a £41m deal.

Album: Gabriel Prokofiev & Peter Gregson, Cello Multitracks (Non Classical)

Cello Multitracks is Gabriel Prokofiev's four-part suite for nine cellos, here performed by the gifted cellist Peter Gregson, whose familiarity with laptop multi-track technology undoubtedly aids its realisation.

Tesco's Sir Terry voices support for higher tuition fees at universities

Sir Terry Leahy, the former Tesco boss, yesterday claimed that higher tuition fees would boost academic standards because students treated university like a "three-year gap year" when degrees were cheap.

Steve Jobs' heir Tim Cook: Steve was a genius, but I will run Apple as my own man

Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, stepped out from the shadow of Steve Jobs in his first major public interview, saying that working at the tech giant is his "oxygen" and that the company's late founder told him to be his own man.

Kanye West was the junior partner in an ego face-off with Jay-Z

The Great Escape, Various venues, Brighton
Jay-Z and Kanye West, The 02, London

The Great Escape is half frenzied gig-dash, half music-biz convention. But it's a hundred per cent fun

Album: Jeremy DenkLigeti/Beethoven (Nonesuch)

Ligeti's Piano Études are famously quixotic in pushing the player beyond their usual limits.

Exclusive: Apollo cinemas poised for sale to Vue

The UK's biggest independent cinema chain, Apollo, is thought to be close to a sale to larger, private equity-owned rival Vue.

HRG stops divi but keeps argos open

Home Retail Group, the owner of the Argos and Homebase chains, has ditched its final dividend for the first time in six years, after a slump in profits and sales at the general merchandise giant.

Clinton Cards in turnaround struggle

Embattled retailer's chief completes review after failed bid to sell company

Album: Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Crown and Treaty (Luxor/EMI)

Sweet Billy Pilgrim's follow-up to 2009's Mercury-nominated Twice Born Men finds songwriter Tim Elsenburg making great strides forward with an ambitious cycle of songs about identity and history.

Loss-making Sony to axe 10,000 jobs

Sony is to slash 10,000 jobs, or about 6% of its global workforce, and turn around its money-losing TV business to try to return to profit after four years in the red.

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