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Aer Lingus to open new Shannon route

AER Lingus is to launch a new daily service between Shannon and Gatwick from March 27. It brings to nine the number of destinations that will be served by the airline from the airport. The first departure for Gatwick will be at 6.50am, arriving at 8.15am. Aer Lingus opened a new service to Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport from Shannon just before Christmas.

Domino's Pizza gets all the toppings

DOMINO'S Pizza (UK & Ireland) said sales in the 13 weeks to December 26 climbed almost 18pc year on year to £132.5m (€156m). For the year to that date they rose 19.2pc to £485.3m (€571m). Like-for-like sales for the year were up 11.9pc. It added that £1m worth of sales were recorded since September through a new app for the iPhone.

Ireland 10th in EU for eGovernment

IRELAND ranks as the 10th most digitally progressive country in terms of government services, according to a European Commission report that is due to be published in the coming weeks. Dublin MEP Gay Mitchell said challenges still remained, especially in terms of encouraging usage.

Qualcomm buys Atheros for $3.2bn

QUALCOMM, the world's largest maker of mobile-phone chips, has agreed to buy Atheros Communications for about $3.2bn (€2.4bn) in cash, broadening its line-up of Wi-Fi networking technology. Atheros investors will get $45 a share, Qualcomm said yesterday.

Food prices reach record levels

WORLD food prices rose to a record in December on higher sugar, grain and oilseed costs, the UN said. An index of 55 food commodities tracked by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) gained for a sixth month to 214.7 points, above the previous all-time high of 213.5 in June 2008. The gauges for sugar and meat prices advanced to records. Food prices may rise more unless the world grain crop increases "significantly" in 2011, the FAO said.

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