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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.

Derek Pain: Mears should have made me more than a few coppers

No Pain, No Gain

Investment Column: Big Yellow proves big gamble for investors

Hilton Food Group; Alexon Group

Market Report: Smiths grounded after airports boost

Smiths Group fell prey to a round of profit-taking last night as traders moved to secure recent gains, believing that the potential boost from the scramble for airport scanners might prove to be relatively limited.

Investment Column: Outsourcing mania makes Serco a buy

Informa; Renovo

EasyJet boss stands down in fall-out from Stelios row

Andy Harrison is the third executive to quit after last year's battles with founder

The death of a stockbroker?

It's been a bad year for the broking industry with losses and reversals. And there could be a lot of scrapping before things settle down. But what will be left by the end of 2010, asks Simon Evans

Market Report: Threat from Google spooks Rightmove

The property website Rightmove saw its shares slump by more than 10 per cent last night, closing at its lowest level since the summer as traders sold on fears of competition from Google.

The Week Ahead: Expect Brtivic's results to be full of fizz

Analysts expect no surprises when Britvic, the soft drinks maker behind the Robinsons and Tango brands, issues preliminary results on Wednesday. Britvic pre-released its sales figures in an update last month and confirmed that it was on track to meet expectations for 2009. Numis expects to hear of top-line growth in the UK and overseas, mainly driven by strong market share gains. Over in Ireland, profits are likely to be hit by the tough consumer environment, but this should be partially offset by cost savings, the broker added.

Market Report: Inventory worries hit chip maker ARM

ARM Holdings, the mid-cap chip manufacturer, was under pressure last night amid concerns that, following a period of rapid restocking across the semiconductors sector, inventories were now rising to levels that could render the industry vulnerable to a correction in the supply chain.

Market Report: Whitbread buoyed by Premier Inn hopes

Whitbread rose yesterday as the FTSE 100 swung to its highest level since September 2008, with traders piling in on hopes that the hospitality and leisure group would remain resilient even as the broader sector faced another year of soft revenues.

RBS hits back at 'bully' claims

The Royal Bank of Scotland has hit back at claims it is engaged in corporate bullying, by questioning smaller brokers' appetite for underwriting riskier rights issues.

Investment Column: Rolls-Royce will engineer future gains

Stagecoach Group; Hammerson

The Week Ahead: Well-targeted advertising pays off for M&S

High Street bellwether Marks & Spencer promises to hog the headlines with a second-quarter trading update, due on Wednesday.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker