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  • Sunday newspaper round-up: General election, mortgages, Premier Oil, Ted Baker, Tesco, Park First

    Sunday 08 Dec 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Boris Johnson launched a final offensive on Brexit and immigration last night as polls suggested he should secure a comfortable working majority on Thursday. The prime minister used an interview with The Sunday Times to set out his immigration plans, which will prevent low-skilled migrants from settling permanently in the UK. - The Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Eddie Stobart, Uber, property funds, Saudi Aramco

    Friday 06 Dec 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The Eddie Stobart transport business, famed for its red and green lorries, is teetering on the brink of collapse with its future due to be decided at a key shareholder vote in London on Friday. The vote will pit William Stobart, the third son of the company's founder, against his childhood friend and former brother-in-law, Andrew Tinkler. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Labour plans, diversity, Alphabet, Zopa

    Wednesday 04 Dec 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Labour's plan to renationalise large chunks of the economy risks years of disruption that could delay Britain's transition to a low-carbon economy, a thinktank has said. The Institute for Fiscal Studies warned that taking water, energy companies, the Royal Mail and railways under state control would be costly, complex and risky and said Labour might do better to tighten regulation instead. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: TSB, Trump, Virgin Atlantic, Lendy

    Tuesday 03 Dec 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Bosses at TSB will have their bonuses docked for failing to meet gender balance targets intended to raise the number of women in senior roles by 2020. It is the latest blow for the leadership team at the bank, which is cutting jobs and closing branches as it seeks to drive down costs and move on from its IT meltdown last year. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Trump, train strikes, Carney, Brexit

    Monday 02 Dec 2019

    (Sharecast News) - President Donald Trump and his lawyers will not participate in a congressional impeachment hearing this week, the White House has said, citing a lack of "fundamental fairness". Trump's aides responded defiantly on Sunday to the first of two crucial deadlines he faces in Congress this week as Democrats prepare to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine. - Guardian

  • Friday newspaper round-up: RBS, Fortnum & Mason, minibonds

    Friday 29 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - RBS has launched its own standalone, Monzo-style digital bank, and as is now customary, it comes with a quirky name: Bó. Royal Bank of Scotland reportedly approached Monzo with a potential takeover back in 2017 but was put off by the price tag (Monzo was recently valued at about £2bn). So the lender has decided to build its own version. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Workers' rights, UK car production, RBS, Nando's

    Thursday 28 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Boris Johnson's admiration for Donald Trump will lead to workers' rights being ripped up if the Conservatives win the general election next month, the leader of Britain's trade unionists has warned. Frances O'Grady, the general secretary of the TUC, said a lack of detail in the Tory party's manifesto disguised a hidden agenda of US-style deregulation of the sort favoured by the US president. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: UK car industry, Inter Ikea, Persimmon

    Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The British car industry has delivered a bleak warning over the danger of a no-deal Brexit, saying it would devastate UK motor manufacturing at a cost of more than £40bn in lost production by 2024. About 1.5m fewer cars would be produced by British factories in the next five years, manufacturers warned, should the industry fall back on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules - whether in a direct no-deal Brexit or at the end of the transition period in Boris Johnson's withdrawal deal. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Black Friday, Sports Direct, Eddie Stobart

    Tuesday 26 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Just one in 20 Black Friday deals are genuine, according to damning research by Which? that concluded the annual shopping event was "all hype". The consumer group price checked 83 items on sale on Black Friday last year and found that nearly all were cheaper or available for the same price at other times of the year. A Samsung soundbar was a Currys PC World Black Friday deal last year at £299. But the researchers found that the price dropped by a further £49 during the month after Black Friday and was priced at £279.97 at least 13 times in the following six months. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Petrofac, LVMH, Saudi Aramco, National Lottery

    Monday 25 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - A multinational energy firm accused by prosecutors of maintaining a fake set of accounts to disguise the payment of bribes to foreign government officials has been identified by the Guardian as the UK-based company Petrofac. Petrofac, which is headed by a major Tory donor, has been under investigation by the UK's anti-corruption agency, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), for suspected bribery and money laundering. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: December election, Brexit

    Sunday 24 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Boris Johnson today pledges in the Tory manifesto that his government will not raise the rates of income tax, national insurance or VAT, setting up a dramatic economic showdown with Labour over tax and spending.

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Stamp duty, WeWork, Wetherspoons boss

    Friday 22 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The Conservatives would force overseas homebuyers to pay extra stamp duty in an election pledge that effectively blames foreign purchasers for inflating property prices. The party has unveiled plans for a 3% stamp duty surcharge for non-UK tax residents which would apply to companies as well as individuals - and also to expats wanting to move back home. It said as many as one in eight new London homes were bought by non-residents in 2014-16. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Google, ex-BA exec, Direct Line

    Thursday 21 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Google will no longer allow political advertisers to target voters based on their political affiliation, the company announced Wednesday, in a move that will increase pressure on Facebook to limit micro-targeting. Google also plans to "clarify" its ad policies around false claims to explicitly ban doctored video and images known as "deepfakes", misleading claims about the census, and "demonstrably false claims" that could undermine trust in elections or the democratic process. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Public sector pay, Lidl, TSB, Wework

    Wednesday 20 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Targeted increases in public sector pay are needed to enable the NHS, schools, the armed forces, the police, the civil service and prisons to hold on to and hire workers in the face of competition from the private sector, a thinktank has said. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that after a decade of wage restraint, the government now needed to respond to growing evidence of recruitment difficulties. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: General election, BT, Nationwide, TSB, Rathlin Energy, Saudi Aramco

    Sunday 17 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Labour's policies including a pledge to nationalise the bulk of Britain's broadband network threaten to "crack the foundations of our economy", according to the head of the Confederation of British Industry. Dame Carloyn Fairburn said the plan to nationalise BT had left industries wondering if they would be the next to be targeted. Asked by Sky if Jeremy Corbyn was a "friend to business" she said that the CBI "really understand the questions that Labour are asking. - The Sunday Times

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Top earners, Facebook, Saudi Aramco, Shop Direct

    Thursday 14 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - The top 1% of earners in the UK now account for more than a third of income tax paid to the government, following changes over the past decade that have left almost half the population exempt from making payments. In research underlining the dual nature of Britain's income tax structure, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said above-inflation increases in the personal allowance to £12,500 a year meant 42% of adults paid no income tax. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: FCA, Domino's Pizza, Royal Mail

    Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - One in every two FTSE 100 executive appointments over the next year will have to go to a woman if the UK is to meet targets to tackle the gender imbalance across British business by 2020, a report has warned. A "step change" at the UK's biggest listed companies is needed if they are to hit a key metric where women make up at least a third of executive-level leadership teams by the end of next year. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: FCA, Domino's Pizza, Royal Mail

    Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - One in every two FTSE 100 executive appointments over the next year will have to go to a woman if the UK is to meet targets to tackle the gender imbalance across British business by 2020, a report has warned. A "step change" at the UK's biggest listed companies is needed if they are to hit a key metric where women make up at least a third of executive-level leadership teams by the end of next year. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Boeing, Revolut, HS2, business rates

    Tuesday 12 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - Boeing said on Monday it could have its fleet of 737 Max jets flying again by January as safety checks on the aircraft's troubled flight software reach completion. The planes were grounded in March in the wake of two fatal crashes in the space of five months that killed 346 people. The world's biggest planemaker said it hoped the Federal Aviation Administration would approve certification of the plane's flight control software before the end of the year. A fault with the plane's anti-stall mechanism is believed to have caused the Lionair crash in Indonesia last October and then the Ethiopian Airlines disaster in March.

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Wages, TSB, Prosus, Saudi Aramco

    Monday 11 Nov 2019

    (Sharecast News) - More than 210,000 workers in Britain are to receive a pay rise after the charity behind the living wage increased the national minimum hourly rate by 30p to £9.30. The Living Wage Foundation, which sets the voluntary measure, said London workers' basic hourly rate will also rise, by 20p to £10.75, compared with the government's "national living wage" of £8.21 for workers aged 25 years or older. - Guardian

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