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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.

Surprise departure for Invensys chief Henriksson

Invensys surprised the market by announcing the departure of its chief executive, Ulf Henriksson, yesterday. News of the shake-up sent the FTSE 100 engineering group's shares down by more than 8 per cent at one point.

Album: Jonny Greenwood, Norwegian Wood (Nonesuch)

For his film-score follow-up to There Will Be Blood, Jonny Greenwood has chosen Tran Anh Hung's adaptation of Haruki Murakami's coming-of-age novel Norwegian Wood – a cult success globally, but a cultural landmark in Japan. Dealing with troubled adolescents in a sanatorium, it offers Greenwood plenty of scope for mournful progressions, bleak mist-curtains of strings, and more daring strategies like the looming dissonances lurking like massing insects beneath "Naoko ga Shinda", realised here by the BBC Concert Orchestra and The Emperor Quartet. A couple of tracks feature delicate tracery of classical guitar, but the most baffling feature of the album is the inclusion of three old tracks by Can, which possess a lightness, and dynamic character somewhat absent in the rest of the score.

David Prosser: Yell still has some time to put things right

Outlook Good news and bad from Yell. The Yellow Pages publisher's profits warning yesterday suggests that, even allowing for the difficulteconomic environment, its print business – previously so profitable – is dwindling away faster than anyone expected. The glass-half-full perspective, however, is that a narrow window of opportunity remains to replace that business with digital revenues.

Morrisons buys Kiddicare to bolster online strategy

Morrisons is to spend £70m on a leading retailer of baby products as it attempts to improve its online and non-food offerings under its new chief executive, Dalton Philips.

Feelunique seeks strategic investor

Feelunique, the online beauty product retailer, is seeking a strategic investor to drive forward its growth.

Beasts and Beauties, Hampstead Theatre, London

I can't remember a better year for soaringly imaginative Christmas shows aimed at the children-of-all-ages market. Following on from the seasonal smash hits at the National, RSC, Royal Court and the Young Vic, the Hampstead Theatre now weighs in with Beasts and Beauties, a wickedly gleeful and gruesome gallimaufry of tales by the Brothers Grimm as reworked by Carol Ann Duffy, dramatised by Tim Supple and Melly Still, and directed by the latter.

Wincanton installs new chief exec

Wincanton has ousted its chief executive as part of a wider drive to overhaul its under pressure business.

BBC invites rivals to comment on its performance

The BBC will invite broadcasting rivals to comment on its performance and react to changes in areas of "market sensitivity", Sir Michael Lyons said today.

Grand Union bar chain set to expand to 20 sites

The London-focused bar chain Grand Union is looking to expand from 12 to 20 sites over the next two years. Managing director Adam Marshall said that he expected Grand Union, which is well-known for its award-winning chips, to turnover £6m to £7m this year, and hit £12m by 2011-12.

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Lazard profits surge in third quarter

Lazard, the investment bank, beat expectations for third-quarter profits as its fund management operation outperformed.

Food and beer fuel Marston's growth

The brewer and pubs operator Marston's said its focus on food and local beers was paying off as it reported an improved trading performance yesterday.

House of Fraser profits lifted by own brands

House of Fraser's strategy to focus on its own brands looks to have paid off, after sales in the division surged more than 60 per cent.

The Inbetweeners: Has anyone seen my left testicle? Yeah, only 15 times

The Inbetweeners, E4, Monday, and The Young Ones, BBC1, Tues-Thurs

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