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  • Friday newspaper round-up: China, RBS, bitcoin

    Friday 26 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - China's structural reforms will not be enough to arrest its rising debt and another credit rating downgrade for the country is possible unless it gets its ballooning borrowing in check, two officials at Moody's ratings agency have said. Doubling down on comments earlier this week that China's financial strength will be eroded because of huge corporate and household debt, Moody's said the country's "vast reform agenda" would not be enough to prevent borrowing from weighing on economic growth. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: RBS, Opec, Glencore

    Thursday 25 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The TUC has urged the next government to take action to boost pay as it warned that borrowing to top up wages was poised to breach the record levels hit just before the financial crisis of a decade ago. Frances O'Grady, the TUC general secretary, expressed alarm at the steady increase in unsecured debt - which excludes mortgages - and called for a higher minimum wage and an end to the tough pay curbs in the public sector. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Carney, Barclays, RBS

    Wednesday 24 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has fallen victim to an online prankster who got him to joke about one of his predecessor's supposed drinking habits. Carney was caught out by the same hoaxer who tricked the Barclays boss, Jes Staley, this month. The prankster, who goes by the Twitter handle @SINON_REBORN, emailed Carney from a Hotmail account pretending to be Anthony Habgood, the chair of the Bank's court. In the exchange, posted on Twitter, Carney appears initially to fall for the prank and tentatively accepts an invitation to a "soiree" in June. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Bomb attack, Merkel on euro, energy lobbying

    Tuesday 23 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - At least 22 people have been killed and 59 injured in what is being investigated as a suspected suicide bombing of a crowded pop concert in Manchester, the most deadly attack in Britain in a decade. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Brexit talks, house prices, convenience stores

    Monday 22 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Britain has "no time to waste" in Brexit talks, Theresa May will warn as she says formal negotiations about leaving the European Union will start just 11 days after the election. The Prime Minister will tell supporters in Wales - which voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union at the referendum - not to risk letting Jeremy Corbyn lead these talks. - Telegraph

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Tory manifesto, M&S, Store Twenty One, 'Platinum Pensioners'

    Sunday 21 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Top business leaders have warned Theresa May's interventionist manifesto proposals are "ill-judged, unworkable and risk damaging the British economy". Andy Higginson, the chairman of Morrisons, described the Conservative proposals as an "attack on business" that risked damaging the UK's competitiveness as it prepares to leave the European Union. The FTSE 100 supermarket boss, who is also chairman of online retailer N Brown, said the Tories' "headline grabbing" manifesto was unlikely to address long-term challenges such as raising productivity and living standards. - Telegraph

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Consumer concerns, Brexit M&A, migration, SFO

    Friday 19 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - British consumers are bracing themselves for an expensive and uncertain post-Brexit future, with four out of five fearing price rises on household essentials such as food, drink and clothing, a survey has revealed. Eighty-three percent of Britons admit they are concerned about price hikes in goods and services, while 59% are most worried about the soaring cost of groceries, according to a poll for Mintel's 27th annual British Lifestyles report. Spiralling holiday costs are a concern for 35%, with 26% fearing higher prices for clothing and shoes. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: VW, Lloyds, May, Hinkley Point

    Thursday 18 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Countries seeking a trade deal with the EU should meet European standards on labour law and fair competition, one of the bloc's most senior officials has said in remarks that reinforce Brexit red lines. Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner, described the trade agreement with Canada as a model for the future because it enshrined recognition of labour standards, human rights and animal welfare. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Tata Steel, Lloyds, Balfour Beatty

    Wednesday 17 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Dominic Chappell, the former owner of BHS, could be pursued for millions of pounds owed to Philip Green's business empire as well as to creditors of the now collapsed department store. Chappell's Retail Acquisitions (RAL), which bought BHS for £1 in 2015, has been accused of extracting an estimated £17m from the retailer despite owning it for just 13 months before it went into administration in 2016. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Sterling, renewables, Microsoft, fund charges

    Tuesday 16 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Sterling is close to crossing back above $1.30 for the first time since September as investors cut their short positions amid hopes that a hard Brexit is less likely and ahead of an expected surge in inflation. There are now fewer short positions against the pound than at any time since July last year, a month after the Brexit vote, with sterling's rebound also making it more viable for companies to take out hedges to manage their currency risk. - The Times

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Jobs warning, deficit deceit, energy price cap

    Monday 15 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - British workers should brace themselves for rising unemployment and falling real pay in the year ahead as the impact of a Brexit slowdown is increasingly felt in the jobs market, reports have warned. The era of rapidly increasing employment is over, according to the forecasting group EY Item Club, which on Monday predicted the unemployment rate will rise from 4.7% now to 5.4% in 2018 and 5.8% in 2019. - Guardian

  • London pre-open: Stocks seen firmer as oil prices rally

    Monday 15 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - London stocks were set for a firmer open on Monday, underpinned by rising oil prices following reports that Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to do "whatever it takes" to keep a floor under prices and extend the production freeze until March 2018.

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Hard Brexit, exports, cost of living, GSK, BT

    Sunday 14 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is set to pave the way for a hard Brexit by handing 38 national and regional parliaments the power to veto trade deals. In a move that further clouds the prospects of a swift and comprehensive UK-EU deal, the European Union's highest court is expected to extend the veto rights to regional parliaments through a ruling on the EU's 2014 trade agreement with Singapore. - Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Deliveroo, Jes Staley, Lloyds

    Friday 12 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Relations between the world's two largest economies have hit "a new high", Donald Trump's commerce secretary has claimed, announcing a "herculean" trade deal between Washington and Beijing in the latest sign of warming ties. Trump frequently lashed out at China on the campaign trail, describing Beijing as an "enemy" of the United States. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: RICS, Sky-21st Century Fox, AkzoNobel

    Thursday 11 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The UK housing market is continuing to slow down, with falling property sales, "stagnant" buyer demand and general election uncertainty all adding up to one of the most downbeat reports issued by surveyors since the financial crash. In its latest monthly snapshot of the market, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said momentum was "continuing to ebb," with no sign of change in the near future. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Consumer dip, merger job losses, pay row

    Wednesday 10 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Consumer spending will have "effectively stalled" by next year as Britons respond to rising inflation, minimal wage growth and a slowdown in house prices, a leading think tank has warned. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research said that robust growth in consumption in 2016 was coming to an end as the fall in sterling pushed up the cost of imports and filtered through into the prices of everyday goods and services. - The Times

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Skills shortage, retail rebound, Co-op, Lloyds

    Tuesday 09 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The number of candidates available for jobs has hit a 16-month low, prompting fears that Brexit has triggered a skills shortage in areas ranging from IT to engineering to nursing. There was the steepest fall in availability for permanent and temporary roles in April since December 2015, according to a report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. - The Times

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Insurers, energy suppliers, EU workers

    Monday 08 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Staying loyal to an insurer can cost families up to £1,000 a year. Firms overcharge by up to three times to fund their cut-price deals for new customers. Long-standing customers are offered good rates only if they challenge renewal quotes or threaten to leave. - Mail

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Lower growth, French election, PPI extension, Sky

    Sunday 07 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The Bank of England is set to lower its growth forecasts this week after the economy faltered in the first quarter. The slowdown leaves a pre-Brexit interest rate rise looking increasingly unlikely, although inflation is already above the Bank's 2% target and expected to rise further, the Sunday Times reported.

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Amazon, Elliott Advisors, Sports Direct

    Friday 05 May 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Amazon is to more than triple its research and development team in Cambridge working on tech innovations such as its Alexa digital assistant, delivery drones and Echo smart speaker. The US online retailer is opening a new building in the city with room for 400 experts in mathematical modelling, speech science, machine learning and "knowledge engineering". - Guardian

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