EasyJet has managed to enjoy the peak summer period more than its rivals this year, with strikes hitting British Airways and Ryanair.

Shareholders will be hoping to hear more from chief executive Johan Lundgren on how the Swede, who joined easyJet two years ago, is improving the company from the inside.

They will get their chance on Tuesday when the business unveils its full-year results.

Analysts have been given heavy guidance from the firm that pre-tax profits will hit between £420 million and £430 million for the year - the higher end of expectations - with passenger numbers up 8.6% to 96 million due to an increase in capacity.

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However, as Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, explained: "Despite this optimism, investors seemed less impressed with the share price hitting an air pocket, and falling sharply.

"This proved to be a temporary aberration with the shares quickly finding support, with the shares up over 40% since the lows seen in June.

"Easyjet has no doubt made gains due to increased demand as a result of the strikes at British Airways and Ryanair, with total revenue per seat for the second half rising by 0.8%, an outperformance from previous guidance, though on the year will still show a decline of 2.7%."

With easyJet already providing significant guidance to the City, most can expect the focus of attention will be on any information for the next financial year.

Russ Mould, of AJ Bell, pointed out that the key topics of interest will be capacity growth, bookings, load factor, costs, new routes to Berlin Tegel airport and the recently acquired Thomas Cook slots at Gatwick.

Mr Mould added: "Put all of that together and the current consensus forecast is for an increase in pre-tax profits to around £460 million in the year just begun."

Technical equipment supplier Diploma has increased its dividend payout for the year after reporting "strong" rises in sales and profits.

The FTSE 250 firm, which supplies filters, specialised wiring and fasteners, said it expects a strong contribution from acquisitions to help it make further progress in 2020.

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Diploma posted a 15% increase in pre-tax profits for the year to September 30 to £83.5 million.

The firm said it believes its "resilient business model" will help it to continue growth in the new year despite an "uncertain" political and economic outlook.

It also reported a 12% year-on-year jump in revenues to £544.7 million, from £485.1 million in 2018, as it was boosted by acquisitions.

The company saw a 5% increase through its acquisition activity, which included a deal to buy Virginia Sealing Products for £56 million in July.

The 15% increase in profits also drove a 15% jump in dividends, with the company recommending a final payout of 20.5p per share.

Shares increased by 2.1% to 1,736p in early trading.

Software business Sage has sold its payments service arm for £232 million to Elavon, a subsidiary of US firm Bancorp.

The UK-listed firm told investors it had secured the deal to sell Sage Pay, three months after it announced plans to auction off the division.

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It was reported in September that Sage had appointed Rothschild to sell the business, which has around 50,000 small and medium-sized business customers.

Sage Pay provides payment services to businesses in the UK and Ireland and the divested business will continue to partner with Sage following the deal, it said.

For the year to September 2018, Sage Pay reported revenues of £41 million and an operating profit of £15 million.

Sage said it expects to report a statutory profit of approximately £180 million on the completion of the disposal.

Sage chief executive Steve Hare said: "ayments and banking services remain an integral part of Sage's value proposition and we will deliver them through our growing network of partnerships, including Elavon."