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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.

EasyJet to pay dividend as passengers return

EasyJet unveiled plans to make its maiden payout to shareholders yesterday as the combination of higher passenger numbers and falling fuel prices drove a 331 per cent rise in the discount carrier's profits.

Investment Column: Wiseman's milk won't go off even in recession

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The Week Ahead: Time for boss of M&S to reveal his strategy

With recent reports that Marks and Spencer is looking to make a dramatic return to Europe, which it exited in 2001, all eyes are on the chief executive Marc Bolland, who has been in the top job for just over six months, to find out what he will reveal in his strategy presentation when the company posts its half-year results on Tuesday.

Market Report: Analysts warn of more risk as Tullow strikes water

Disappointing results from one of Tullow Oil's most highly anticipated wells off the coast of Ghana sent its shares spiralling lower yesterday. Yet there could be further pain in the pipeline, as analysts pointed out that projects in the region were not seen as risky as the current offshore drilling in Sierra Leone and Mauritania.

Market Report: Takeover spotlight hits Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Takeover gossip was limited yesterday as the market waited for the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). Yet shares in the insurance group Jardine Lloyd Thompson soared early as rumours of a potential bid battle escalated.

Evolution rules out bid for Panmure

Evolution has decided against bidding for its rival broker Panmure Gordon in the face of opposition from both Panmure and one of its own big shareholders.

The Week Ahead: Bellway in spotlight as house price falls bite

The market will renew its focus on the housing market when Bellway posts its full-year figures this week.

Market Report: Mall owner Capital hit by falling shop rental prices

Evidence of declining rents for retail space triggered weakness around Britain's biggest mall owner, Capital Shopping Centres, which was held back as the market ended the week on a negative note last night.

Investment Column: Hold on to Aveva's long-term growth

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Evolution given bid deadline

The takeover Panel gave the stockbroker Evolution a "put up or shut up" deadline of 28 October to table a bid for its smaller rival Panmure Gordon.

The Week Ahead: Can M&S spearhead a high-street revival?

Hopes are running high ahead of Marks & Spencer's second-quarter trading statement this week, though some in the City are wary of the impact of the post-emergency Budget weakness in consumer confidence.

The Business On... Alex Snow, Chief Executive, Evolution

What, he's still here?

Evolution in talks with Panmure Gordon investor over possible takeover deal

Evolution Securities is in talks with the largest shareholder of Panmure Gordon over a potential takeover of its 130-year broking rival.

The Week Ahead: Imperial Tobacco to stem the flow of bad news

Imperial Tobacco is due to post a full-year trading statement on Wednesday and, ahead of the update, investors must be hoping that this week's update helps turn the tide for the cigarette maker's shares.

Investment Column: Emerging market growth to spur Ashmore

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