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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.

De La Rue staff faked banknote quality tests

Reputation of 200-year-old firm at risk as inquiry findings are handed to fraud office

Market Report: Man tops the FTSE 100 as bid talk dominates again

For a second day, the takeover talk was going gangbusters, with rumours in at least four major UK-listed companies doing the rounds. Top of the blue chips at the end of the session was the world's largest listed hedge fund, Man Group. The group rose 12.5p to 229p predominantly after broker Numis raised its recommendation from "reduce" to "buy" a day after it shareholders approved the acquisition of rival GLG. Some gossips in the market were also reheating talk Man itself could be a target. Two months ago, the chat was of potential suitors including Goldman Sachs, although there has been little evidence to support it.

The Week Ahead: DSG International sales expected to power ahead

High-street trends will be back in focus when the electrical goods giant DSG International issues an update on Thursday. Anticipating a boost from the football World Cup, UBS is looking forward to a "solid set of figures", with DSG's like-for-like sales for the first quarter expected to be up 2.5 per cent.

Market Report: Brokers build case for Wolseley on management

Wolseley attempted a comeback last night as traders looked beyond the recent spate of negative news on the macroeconomic front.

The Week Ahead: Analysts split on whether to raise a glass to Diageo

The outlook will be among the key talking points on Thursday when Diageo, the drinks giant whose roster of brands includes Baileys liqueur, Smirnoff vodka and Johnnie Walker whisky, issues its full-year figures.

The Week Ahead: Michael Page figures to reveal state of job market

The job market will be under the spotlight when the recruiter Michael Page International posts its half-yearly figures this morning.

The City Diary: Extrabet - worth a punt?

Slackbelly exposes the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Square Mile

The Week Ahead: Cautious optimism for tour operators' updates

Demand for holidays will be in focus when tour operators Thomas Cook and TUI Travel publish updates this week.

Market Report: Outlook on capital values unsettles property stocks

Commercial property stocks came under pressure last night, with the likes of British Land and Hammerson failing to make any headway as analysts turned their attention to the outlook for capital values.

The Week Ahead: Logica to reveal impact of public spending cuts

The potential impact of the Government's cost-cutting drive will be among the talking points when the IT group Logica posts its half-yearly results this week.

Market Report: Nerves jangle over report into Shire's ADHD drug

Shire lost ground last night amid nervousness about American studies looking into the safety of the company's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs.

Investment Column: Taking a hint on Sage would be a wise move

St James's Place Capital; Renishaw

The Week Ahead: British Gas fuels gains for energy giant Centrica

Continued strength at British Gas is expected to drive gains for Centrica, the energy group which is due to issue half-yearly results this week.

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