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  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Fracking, Sirius Minerals, Snapchat, energy suppliers

    Wednesday 23 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The government's plan to establish fracking across the UK is years behind schedule and has cost the taxpayer at least £32m so far, Whitehall's spending watchdog has found. An investigation by the National Audit Office (NAO) said the shale gas industry has launched only three wells in three years, even though the plan was to establish 20 by the middle of next year. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Pay gaps, Asda, Smith & Nephew

    Tuesday 22 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The UK government needs to make companies employing more than 30 people report their gender pay gaps if inroads are to be made into the persistent bias in wages and salaries, a senior Bank of England official has said. Andy Haldane, Threadneedle Street's chief economist, said only 40% of the private-sector workforce was covered by legislation that obliges companies with more than 250 staff members to publish details of differences in pay between men and women doing identical jobs. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Financial crisis, Cobham, Metro Bank

    Monday 21 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The world is sleepwalking towards a fresh economic and financial crisis that will have devastating consequences for the democratic market system, according to the former Bank of England governor Mervyn King. Lord King, who was in charge at Threadneedle Street during the near-death of the global banking system and deep economic slump a decade ago, said the resistance to new thinking meant a repeat of the chaos of the 2008-09 period was looming. - Guardian.

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Brexit, Boris Johnson, People's Vote, Neil Woodford, Monzo, Barclays

    Sunday 20 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Labour has announced that it plans to hijack Boris Johnson's Brexit deal next week by whipping MPs to support amendments for a second referendum and customs union with the EU. Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, said that Labour backs an amendment demanding a confirmatory vote on any deal, which is expected to be tabled by backbenchers. - The Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Brexit deal, WH Smith, Hargreaves Lansdown

    Friday 18 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The head of the International Monetary Fund jumped for joy on hearing that Britain had struck a draft Brexit deal with the European Union as the global community swung behind efforts to get the agreement over the line. Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF managing director, and David Malpass, president of the World Bank, welcomed the end to the uncertainty that the agreement promises if it clears parliament this weekend. - The Times

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Unemployment, British Steel, Metro Bank

    Thursday 17 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Millions more people in Britain are without a job than shown by official unemployment figures, according to a study that suggests the jobless rate should be almost three times higher. According to research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Centre for Cities thinktank, large levels of "hidden" unemployment in towns and cities across Britain are excluded from the official government statistics. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: CBI, Latitude Financial, Thomas Cook, Woodford

    Wednesday 16 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The Confederation of British Industry has admitted it exaggerated the "eye-watering" £196bn price tag that it claimed Labour's nationalisation plans would cost. In an email exchange between Labour and the CBI, seen by the Guardian, the UK's foremost business lobby group told the party it recognised that some of its analysis did not reflect the party's policy. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: WeWork, Thomas Cook, Hargreaves Lansdown, interest rates

    Tuesday 15 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - WeWork is expected to sack at least 2,000 people as soon as this week, as angry staff at the troubled office rental company turn on its co-founder Adam Neumann. WeWork rents buildings long-term, gives them a millennial makeover with beer taps, communal spaces and tiny workspaces, and then rents them out short-term. Until recently it was America's most highly valued private company with 527,000 tenants, or "members", as WeWork calls them, worldwide. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: UK high streets, FirstGroup, Pizza Express

    Monday 14 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The number of shoppers heading to UK high streets, retail parks and shopping centres has fallen by 10% in the last seven years, the latest research shows. The trend was echoed in September, when retailers came under renewed pressure after heavy rainfall and Brexit worries kept consumers away, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Springboard data company. Retail footfall dropped 1.7% last month compared with the same month last year, and 1.6% on a three-month basis. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Brexit, Scottish independence, Land Securities, Pizza Express, Babcock

    Sunday 13 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Britain's economy will take years to recover from the uncertainty that has seen companies abandon investment plans and move headquarters abroad, economists warned this weekend.

  • Friday newspaper round-up: HMV, Dyson, Autonomy

    Friday 11 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The biggest music and movies store in Europe opens on Friday as the new Canadian owner of HMV takes the first step in a bold expansion plan he hopes will defy slumping sales of CDs and DVDs. The size of a supermarket and called HMV Vault, the Birmingham shop is stocking 80,000 CDs and 25,000 vinyl albums. It is a brave move at a time when traditional high-street retailers are closing in record numbers and in a business where online streaming has battered sales of physical entertainment products. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Ex-Barclays bosses, Shell, BA

    Thursday 10 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Prosecutors for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) say attempts by former Barclays bank bosses to show advisory services provided by Qatar were merely a "smoke-screen" to try to "legitimise" fraudulent payments to the Gulf state in 2008. A jury at the Old Bailey in London heard that former banking executives tried to gather evidence that would show that payments to Qatar were made in exchange for genuine advisory services, rather than a way of disguising illegitimate fees worth £322m. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Wonga, Zantac, Barclays execs

    Wednesday 09 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Customers who were mis-sold loans by the collapsed payday lender Wonga are expected to receive less than 10% of what they are owed in compensation after administrators revealed that only £41m will be put aside for claimants. Administrators for Wonga, which collapsed last year, also revealed that they had scrapped plans to sell its loan book, saying there were doubts that bidders met the criteria, including properly approaching customers for debt payments on outstanding loans. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: No-deal Brexit, LSE, online shareholder forums, Pizza Express

    Tuesday 08 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Emergency tax cuts and higher public spending to offset the impact of a no-deal Brexit would send government debt to its highest level in more than half a century, according to Britain's leading experts on the public finances. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the scale of the government response required to firefight a flatlining economy in the event of a disorderly departure from the EU would come with a hefty price tag for the public purse. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Debt, tax rules, Refinitiv, Sirius Mienrals

    Monday 07 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Debt campaigners have accused the International Monetary Fund of encouraging reckless lending by extending $93bn (£75bn) of loans to 18 financially troubled countries without a debt restructuring programme first. In advance of the IMF's annual meeting in Washington next week, the Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC) said the the Fund was breaking its own rules by providing financial support without ensuring that the debt burden was sustainable. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Boris Johnson, John Bercow, Brexit, Australia, Iraq, BT, Cobham

    Sunday 06 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Boris Johnson will dare the Queen to sack him rather than resign as prime minister in an attempt to drive through Brexit on October 31, cabinet ministers have revealed.

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Housebuilding, Ryanair, Metro Bank, KPMG

    Friday 04 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Housebuilding across England has fallen to the slowest quarterly rate for three years, according to official figures, despite a promise by the government of a homebuilding revolution. Figures published by the housing ministry showed construction began on 37,220 homes in England in the three months to June - 8% down on the same period a year ago, and the lowest quarterly number of new home starts since 2016. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Tesla, Netflix, Clarks, Barclays

    Thursday 03 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Tesla has reported record delivery numbers but fell short of its 100,000 target for the three months ending in September. Shares in the electric car firm fell by 4pc after hours after it posted the figures, which show the company delivered 97,000 cars. The number falls short of average Wall Street estimates, which predicted the company would deliver 99,000 vehicles. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Brexit, Uber, Monzo, Amazon

    Wednesday 02 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Boris Johnson has struck a secret deal with the Democratic Unionist party involving radical proposals for a Belfast-Dublin "bilateral lock" on post-Brexit arrangements on the island of Ireland. Details have emerged of the prime minister's final Brexit offer that he will lay out on Wednesday, with Northern Ireland staying under EU single market regulations for agri-food and manufactured goods until at least 2025, at which point its assembly in Stormont will decide whether to continue alignment with EU or UK standards. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Irish border, fund managers, Brexit plan, fracking

    Tuesday 01 Oct 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Boris Johnson's secret plans to solve the Irish border Brexit challenge involve customs sites on both sides of the border and real-time tracking devices on lorries, it has been reported. The ideas, which mark a departure from his promise not to put infrastructure on the border, are part of four unofficial papers submitted by the UK to Brussels by Johnson's team. The broadcaster RTÉ, which has had sight of the the tightly guarded proposals, is reporting that customs clearance sites would be sited five to 10 miles from the border to the north and the south to deal with imports and exports. - Guardian

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