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  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Royal Mail, welfare bill, Boeing, Alstom, Federal Reserve

    Thursday 18 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - The Labour Party is open to the prospect of a takeover of the owner of Royal Mail by the struggling postal group's Czech billionaire investor, which is considering a renewed approach. EP Group, a conglomerate controlled by Daniel Kretinsky, revealed on Tuesday that it had made a "non-binding indicative proposal" to the board of International Distributions Services (IDS), Royal Mail's parent company, on April 9 seeking its recommendation for a possible cash offer for the remainder of the shares it does not already own. - The Times

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: IMF, champagne, Boeing, Plus500, Trump Media

    Wednesday 17 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Rising energy prices and disruption to international shipping risk "stalling" declines in inflation in leading economies, the International Monetary Fund has warned, telling central banks that the "last mile" of their battle against price rises may be the hardest. In its latest assessment of global ­financial stability, the IMF said markets were vulnerable to another round of volatility if investors continued to push back their expectations for interest rate cuts this year, leading to falls in bond and stock prices. - The Times

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Tesla, Trump trial, Boeing, Thames Water, Apple

    Tuesday 16 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Tesla is to cut more than 14,000 jobs as Elon Musk's groundbreaking electric car company feels the heat of a global price war with Chinese rivals at the same time as stalled demand for zero-emission vehicles. In an email to staff amid reports that workers in California and Texas have begun receiving redundancy notices, Musk stated: "As we prepare the company for our next phase of growth, it is extremely important to look at every aspect of the company for cost reductions and increasing productivity." - The Times

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Barclays, Middle East, fuel prices, oil exploration, tax havens

    Monday 15 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - A 20-year-old children's charity that shut down after an error by Barclays led to its account being closed was offered only £250 in compensation by the bank. JusB, which worked with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, initially was offered the sum along with an apology for a mistake that resulted in the charity being cut off from its finances for nearly a month last year. This offer was increased later to £525, which Sir Robert Neill, the charity's constituency MP, called "trivial" and said "bears no relation to the harm done". - The Times

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Middle East, Aston Martin, Defence

    Sunday 14 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Britons must accept that their country was now involved in the Middle East conflict, Tobias Ellwood said. The former defence minister warned that "nobody was in full control" of the growing conflict as more and more countries were sucked in. Ellwood also said that Tehran's strike had taken the conflict into a "new dangerous territory". - Sunday Telegraph

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Everton, AstraZeneca, Amazon

    Friday 12 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Everton has paid about £30m in interest charges to an opaque lender associated with a tax exile, corporate records suggest. The charges appear to have reached about £438,000 a week, according to the troubled Premier League club's most recent set of accounts, a figure more than three times the reported wages of the Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Border controls, McKinsey, KPMG

    Thursday 11 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - New post-Brexit UK border controls coming into force later this month will cost British businesses £2bn and fuel higher inflation, according to a report warning that UK-EU trade will be damaged as a result. With less than a month before the introduction of new checks on animal and plant products from 30 April, the insurer Allianz Trade said the controls agreed under Boris Johnson's Brexit deal could add 10% to import costs over the first year. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Shoplifting, EnQuest, Klarna

    Wednesday 10 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - The government is investing more than £55m in expanding facial recognition systems - including vans that will scan crowded high streets - as part of a renewed crackdown on shoplifting. The scheme was announced alongside plans for tougher punishments for serial or abusive shoplifters in England and Wales, including being forced to wear a tag to ensure they do not revisit the scene of their crime, under a new standalone criminal offence of assaulting a retail worker. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Pharma companies, Puig, Thames Water

    Tuesday 09 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Rachel Reeves has said an incoming Labour government would launch a £5bn crackdown on tax avoiders to close a gap in its spending plans exposed by Jeremy Hunt scrapping the non-dom regime to finance tax cuts. Warning households and businesses that Labour was prepared to adopt tough measures to tackle tax fraud and non-compliance, Reeves said the funding would be used to pay for free school breakfast clubs and additional NHS appointments. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Boeing, rent rises, e-scooters, Santander UK

    Monday 08 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - US airline regulators have launched an investigation after an engine cowling on a Boeing plane fell off during takeoff and struck the wing flap. The Southwest Airlines flight 3695 rose to about 10,300ft (3,140 metres) before returning safely 25 minutes after takeoff to Denver international airport at about 8.15am local time on Sunday. It was towed to the gate after landing. The Boeing aircraft with 135 passengers and six crew members aboard had been headed to Houston. No one was injured. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Investment trusts, LSE Group, Thames Water

    Sunday 07 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Some of London's biggest investment trusts are looking at the possibility of moving to Switzerland in order to dodge rules that make them overstate how much they charge clients. Under leftover EU rules, UK-listed investment trusts disclose charges that are far higher than what investors pay in reality. The news follows enormous drops in value since 2022, when the rules came into effect, according to data from AJ Bell. - Financial Mail on Sunday

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Energy bills, working from home, music industry

    Friday 05 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - The number of households seeking help to deal with court action over their unpaid energy bills has doubled in the last year, according to Citizens Advice. The charity said suppliers were increasingly opting to take their customers to court to recover their energy debts, which could ruin household finances for years. It said the use of legal action to pursue unpaid bills appeared to have increased since the industry regulator, Ofgem, introduced strict restrictions on the forced installation of prepayment meters. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Elon Musk, Dr Martens, HSBC

    Thursday 04 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Delivery app riders pedalling through cities and tailbacks at drive-throughs were familiar signs of Britain's hunger for takeaway food at the peak of the Covid pandemic. Now a study suggests it became an enduring habit. After a boom in orders on Deliveroo, Just Eat and other platforms by locked-down consumers, research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) suggests the popularity of takeaways, meal deliveries and food-on-the-go bought from retailer such as sandwiches and crisps has remained above pre-pandemic levels after the removal of Covid restrictions. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Thames Water, Shell, Nationwide

    Wednesday 03 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - A bond issued by Thames Water's parent company has fallen to record lows as the embattled company scrambles to secure its future, and the government signalled it is "ready to step in if necessary". The £400m bond, issued by the water supplier's parent company, Kemble, has slumped to only 14.4p after shareholders indicated that they were unwilling to inject further funds into the heavily indebted utility company. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Truth Social, Thames Water, Presidio

    Tuesday 02 Apr 2024

    (Sharecast News) - The value of Donald Trump's stake in Truth Social fell by more than $1bn on Monday after the social media company revealed it lost $58.2m last year and an auditor disclosed "substantial doubt" over its ability to continue operating. Shares in Trump Media & Technology Group, the owner of Truth Social, dropped 21.5% as investors scrutinized the fundamentals of its business. The former president's vast stake in the firm was worth about $4.88bn on paper after its extraordinary stock market debut last week . After Monday's sell-off, it was valued at about $3.83bn. - The Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Stamp duty, Wind energy, Metro Bank

    Sunday 31 Mar 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Investment companies are calling on government to bin the stamp duty on share trading in order to revive the London stock market and the country's economy. The bosses at Abrdn, AJ Bell, Hargreaves Lansdown and Interactive Investor all told The Mail on Sunday that politicians must pledge to ditch the tax. According to Abrdn's Stephen Bird, the levy was unpatriotic and economically destructive. Removing it might be the single biggest boost to UK share ownership, he said. - The Financial Mail on Sunday

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Energy prices, national wage, Thames Water

    Thursday 28 Mar 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Millions of households are being urged to submit meter readings to their energy supplier this weekend to ensure they do not overpay when cheaper prices come in on Monday. The consumer champion Martin Lewis is among those urging people to get their phones, pens and notepads out so that they benefit fully from the 12.3% cut to the Ofgem energy price cap, which is altered quarterly. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: AI, CBI, US government debt

    Wednesday 27 Mar 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Almost 8 million UK jobs could be lost to artificial intelligence in a "jobs apocalypse", according to a report warning that women, younger workers and those on lower wages are at most risk from automation. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said that entry level, part-time and administrative jobs were most exposed to being replaced by AI under a "worst-case scenario" for the rollout of new technologies in the next three to five years. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Amanda Staveley, ITV, Bidstack

    Tuesday 26 Mar 2024

    (Sharecast News) - Are 200,000 jobs really supported by the oil and gas industry in the North Sea? Campaigners and MPs are questioning the longstanding government claim. Ministers have repeatedly used the 200,000 jobs figure as justification for pushing ahead with more fossil fuel developments despite the escalating climate crisis and widespread opposition from scientists and energy experts. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Wind farms, interest rates, FCA

    Monday 25 Mar 2024

    (Sharecast News) - More than 20 leading social scientists have warned the UK's biggest investment companies and pension funds that allowing US-style executive pay packages could "create a significant risk of higher inequality" and "much worse lower levels of happiness, health and wellbeing across society". The academics said they had decided to speak out as an increasing number of British business leaders and the London Stock Exchange have argued for much higher pay awards to improve the UK's competitiveness. - Guardian

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