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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.

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

Computacenter; UK Coal

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.

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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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?