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Apple's disappointing update this week sent shares in most of its suppliers tumbling, but smartphone parts maker Laird got City approval after its strategy update yesterday.

The Week Ahead: Mitchells & Butlers hope shift to food pays off

It has been nearly eight months since Mitchells & Butlers announced that it was going to reshape its business model, and tomorrow's full-year results are a chance for investors to see how the changes are coming along.

Business News in Brief: 21/11/2010

Reed pleads for cash help for those seeking work

Reed in Partnership says that almost all long-term Job Seeker's Allowance claimants are too poor to return to work without help.

Wise investors know when to follow their themes

To make decent money on a long-term investment, buy shares in companies tapping in to the world's growing demand for food, fuel and water, our panel of financial experts tells Jennifer Hill

Market Report: Drinks giant Diageo misses out on the blue-chip party

The markets rallied last night but Diageo failed to make any headway amid worries about the outlook for the FTSE 100-listed drinks giant.

Water torture: 3,300,000,000 litres are lost every single day through leakage

After a £7.5bn investment more water is being lost through leakage now than a decade ago. The companies argue with the regulator, each accusing the other of slowing repairs, and yet they still increase their profits.

Investment Column: Severn Trent's an oasis of calm, so stay put

IG Group; Enterprise Inns

'Water poverty' loans to utilities set to hit €4bn

The EU plans to raise loans to the UK's 10 biggest water utilities by 60 per cent to €4bn (£3.4bn) as they try to reduce the number of customers who cannot pay their bills.

Market Report: Geordie gossip brightens dour day on FTSE 100

After the excitement surrounding News Corporation's approach for BSkyB the previous day, a hush settled on the London markets. Most traders were at Royal Ascot or watching the World Cup or wishing they were doing one of the two, prompting a gentle drift higher on the FTSE 100, which closed 20.1 points higher at 5,237.9,

Market Report: Earnings from investment bank offer Barclays a lift

Barclays was in focus last night amid hopes that investment banking earnings would help it to overcome the headwinds faced by domestic peer Lloyds.

Investment Column: Look for tastier water than Northumbrian

Opsec Security; Hamworthy

Market Report: Whitbread rises as bear changes heart

Broker support boosted Whitbread as the FTSE 100, buoyed by some good news in the banking sector, firmed up to close at a 21-month high last night.

Market Report: Investment banking hopes boost Barclays

Hopes of higher investment banking profits underpinned gains in Barclays as the FTSE 100 index turned positive last night.

Market Report: Hammerson left behind as Footsie recovers

Commercial property came under pressure last night, with Hammerson trading lower amid worries that values may ease again next year.

Engineering a future: Why a new diploma is a hit with the girls

How do you make teenagers excited about engineering? A pioneering diploma, which lets pupils get their hands dirty, has been rapturously received.

Market Report: Water works for Footsie as deal chat excites

The markets drank deeply from the well of takeover optimism following reports that Northumbrian Water Group was a target. The rumours helped to lift the FTSE 100 index by 58.8 points to 5,247.4.

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