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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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness