And in the real world... Apple, Pearson, Ryanair and more

LONDON - Today's round-up of the biggest business stories.

World news... round-up
World news... round-up

Apple is set to launch a new "tablet" computer this autumn in an effort to shake up the laptop market.  Industry experts say it could have as much impact on the laptop market as the iPhone had on the mobile phone industry when it launched two years ago.  Source: The Daily Telegraph

Marjorie Scardino, the chief executive of Pearson, has said that she is pleased with the progress of FT Publishing, after the company reported better-than-expected results for the first half of 2009. Source: The Guardian

Ryanair, the short-haul airline company, has said that its full-year earnings may be lower than first expected due to the ever-intensifying price war against rival carriers.  Source: Financial Times

Lloyds Banking Group has appointed the veteran banker Sir Win Bischoff as its new chairman, despite negative feedback from some institutional investors.  Source: The Daily Telegraph

Yvette Cooper, the work and pensions secretary, has become the latest politician to call for an extra bank holiday. Cooper has said that a ninth public holiday should be added in order to better commemorate workplace deaths. Source: Financial Times