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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: Rival's profit warning increases Misys bid fears

A profit warning from its closest peer meant Misys continued its recent slump yesterday, raising fears once again over the status of the recent bid approach for the software company.

Hangover for Luminar as cash-strapped revellers shun nightclubs

Young people are increasingly staying away from pricey nightclubs in the wake of the economic downturn, forcing venue operator Luminar to issue its latest profit warning.

Investment Column: Yell could be on the verge of a revival

Computacenter; UK Coal

Analysts await Babcock update

Analysts will have their eyes on Babcock International, the engineering services group, when it gives a trading update on Thursday.

Investment Column: Taylor builds on housing market stability

Greene King; Hampson Industries

Stagecoach profits as petrol prices deter drivers

Stagecoach reported higher profits yesterday as clogged-up roads and soaring petrol costs boosted demand at its bus and rail businesses.

CSR slashes Zoran bid as shock losses emerge

The chip maker CSR is to push ahead with the takeover of Zoran but has slashed the value of its offer by almost a third after its US target revealed shock losses.

Tesco's UK performance hit by 'subdued' shoppers

The soaring cost of petrol and rising utility bills have forced consumers to divert spending away from "their normal shopping", Tesco said yesterday, as it posted disappointing domestic sales for its first quarter.

The Week Ahead: Grocers next to face up to consumer slowdown

The supermarket sector will be in focus this week with both Tesco and Sainsbury's set to post updates.

First-quarter results this week

Tesco is set to report this week on first-quarter trading.

Asian billionaire takes control of Rank

A group controlled by Malaysian billionaire Quek Leng Chan has gained majority control of Rank, the operator of Mecca Bingo, in a £524m deal.

Market Report: 3i receives bid warning over recent volatility

The future of 3i as a listed company was in focus yesterday, as City scribblers suggested the recent volatility around the private equity investor could leave it open to a takeover approach.

Business Diary: Analysts hitch their wagon to wedding

We don't want to be royal wedding killjoys, but is Panmure Gordon's attempt to get in on today's fun pushing things just a little too far?

Alterian in second profit warning

Marketing software group Alterian has been thrown into further turmoil after shocking the market with a second profit warning in just over a week.

Southern Cross directors step aside on profits alert

Southern Cross Healthcare has made a last ditch attempt to salvage its struggling business with a management overhaul, as its worsening finances put 31,000 elderly residents at risk of losing their homes.

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