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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.

Another storming performance from the value fashion chain Primark

Primark sweetens AB Foods disappointing sugar sales

Primark saw a 14 per cent increase in sales in the 16 weeks to 4 January

Barratt sales up 71% lifted by Help to Buy scheme

Barratt Developments, the biggest builder by volumes, has unveiled a huge 71 per cent rise in sales reservations to £1.26 billion — inspired by the Government’s Help to Buy scheme

TUI Travel profits rise driven by all-inclusive package holidays

Leisure giant TUI Travel, owner of the Thomson and First Choice holiday brands, posted record profits last year as more Brits opted for its all-inclusive package holidays.

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.

The Week Ahead: Pig meat producer Cranswick can bring home the bacon

Investors will be hoping the pig meat producer Cranswick can bring home the bacon when it reveals first-half results.

Market Report: A rise in Enterprise Inns' share price let Ted Tuppen go out on a high

Investors in Enterprise Inns raised a glass yesterday as sales increased. News of the 0.6 per cent rise in the final quarter of the pub group's financial year accompanied a full-year pre-tax profit of £121m – flat on the previous year. The shares soaked up a 16p rise to 154p, which meant founder and chief executive Ted Tuppen was able to go out on a high.

Investment View: Where to put your money on an early Christmas cracker

If you own a shopping centre in Europe it's logical to want to have a Primark there

Market Report: Unilever troubles hit consumer firms

A slowdown in the once lucrative emerging markets business of Unilever dragged the rest of the consumer goods sector down with it yesterday as punters took fright.

The Week Ahead: Growth hopes amid Homeserve’s woes

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Insuring households against the cost of broken boilers and burst pipes hasn’t prevented Homeserve from suffering its own in-house problems. It issued a profit warning in March, and is still awaiting the outcome of a long-running Financial Services Authority investigation into alleged mis-selling.

Sweet and sour … Primark stars for ABF while sugar prices look sticky

The discount fashion chain Primark is outperforming its peers but sugar is starting to look a bit sticky, Associated British Foods said yesterday.

The Week Ahead: Regus set to meet first-half forecasts

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All those new business start-ups that the Government keeps promoting need new homes, and the likes of Regus have been providing them with just that.

BAT aims to lead growing market for e-cigarettes market

British America Tobacco is aiming to become the UK’s lead supplier of e-cigarettes after it became the first major tobacco company to put them on sale this week.

Wolseley’s shares dive after Europe sales dip

Investors in Wolseley were spooked by deteriorating construction markets in Europe today, despite an otherwise healthy set of third-quarter figures.

Homeserve sets £6m aside in FCA inquiry

Homeserve, the emergency repairs company at the centre of a long-running inquiry into alleged mis-selling, is bracing itself for a £6m fine from the City's watchdog.

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