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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.

Market Report: Home Retail held back by profit-taking

Home Retail Group was caught up in a market-wide round of profit-taking last night, easing as investors moved to secure recent gains.

David Prosser: Drowning in a sea of water bill reductions

Outlook So, raise a glass of H2O to Ofwat if you're the household bill-payer. The water industry regulator's unexpectedly tough line on the next round of price increases should mean savings for customers of most water suppliers. On the face of it, however, the determination is not such good news for water companies, particularly those with higher levels of gearing, and the market sent the listed utilities into a spin, assuming the worst about their future dividend policies. Logical enough if you think this is a zero-sum game where a victory for customers is a defeat for shareholders.

Market Report: IMI joins in Footsie's ninth day of gains

IMI rallied by almost 10 per cent as the Footsie registered its ninth consecutive session in the black last night.

The Week Ahead: Sunny outlook continues for Kingfisher

City analysts anticipate news of strong trading when Kingfisher, the retail group behind the B&Q chain, posts a second-quarter pre-close update this Thursday.

Ofwat demands Thames Water reduces planned price hike

Thames Water will be told to reduce its planned price increases when the industry's regulator announces its five-year review this week.

Severn Trent pushes for radical water-supply rethink

Severn Trent, the Ftse 100 utility, is pushing parliament and the Conservative opposition into a radical rethink over water supply.

Investment Column: Costain will prove a predictable winner

John Menzies; Cohort

Market Report: Lonmin on the slide as Footsie heads south

Weaker commodities prices, as well as concern about the fate of Xstrata’s stake, left Lonmin more than 8 per cent lighter last night. Xstrata, which this weekend confirmed its interest in a “merger of equals” with Anglo American, owns around 25 per cent of Lonmin, the platinum producer which itself was the subject of an abortive bid from the famously acquisitive Anglo- Swiss miner last year.

The Week Ahead: Tate & Lyle has to keep investors sweet

Will Tate & Lyle stick with its dividend on Thursday? The answer to that question is likely to set the mood when the manufacturer of sugar and sweeteners posts its full-year results. The stock has performed well over the past month or so, thanks, in part, to the April pre-close update, which stoked hopes that the payout would be maintained; feeling reassured, investors bought in, shrugging off a negative result in a sucralose patent-infringement case.

The Week Ahead: L&G faces another inquisition on capital

Legal & General will face intense scrutiny this week, as analysts and investors, both increasingly worried by the prospect of yet more turmoil in the equity markets and the possibility of higher-than-expected corporate bond defaults, focus on the strength of the insurer's capital base.

Investment Column: Time to check out of Intercontinental

Pennon Group; Devro

Investmemt Column: New chief cheers up Friends Provident

Balfour Beatty; Severn Trent

Temperatures plunge as big freeze continues

A freezing spell was forecast to maintain its grip on the south of the country today as temperatures plunged last night to as low as -11C across parts of the UK.

Icy start to first working week of 2009

Britons returning to their offices today after the Christmas break faced an arctic start to the first working week of 2009.

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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

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Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

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Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable