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  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Brexit payment, WTO, term funding scheme, Carillion

    Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Theresa May's cabinet is prepared to increase its financial offer to the EU in an attempt to break the deadlock in Brexit talks but will make clear that any figure is contingent on the final deal, including the shape of a future trading arrangement. A crunch meeting of the prime minister's new Brexit sub-committee, set up to discuss the government's strategy for critical negotiations, agreed to a calculation of the divorce bill that would result in a larger payment. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Brexit offer, retail spending, aerospace warning

    Monday 20 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Ministers are expected to sign off an improved financial offer to the European Union today that Downing Street hopes will unblock the Brexit negotiations. Theresa May will lay out her plans at a meeting of cabinet ministers, including the Leave supporters Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and David Davis. If the proposals are approved, she will present them on Friday to Donald Tusk, the European Council president. - The Times

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Zimbabwe, Budget, Merkel

    Sunday 19 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - It felt like a revolution. They came from all over the country and all walks of life. Young and old, opposition activists and party apparatchiks, white farmers and black war veterans, housewives and their maids. For years many of them had been on opposing sides, but yesterday they had one common objective. "Mugabe must go!" read the banners as thousands of Zimbabweans filled the streets of Harare draped in their red, yellow, green and black flag, playing music, dancing and hugging strangers. - The Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: 21st Century Fox, Black Friday, driverless cars

    Friday 17 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Cable and media giant Comcast has reportedly approached 21st Century Fox about a possible acquisition, a move that comes after Disney was also reported to be circling Rupert Murdoch's media empire. 21st Century Fox's share price shot up in after-hours trading following the news on Thursday, first reported by CNBC. It is unclear whether the cablecompany is exploring a purchase of all or part of Fox, which owns Hollywood studios 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight as well as the Fox news and sports channels. - Guardian

  • Friday newspaper round-up: 21st Century Fox, Black Friday, driverless cars

    Friday 17 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Cable and media giant Comcast has reportedly approached 21st Century Fox about a possible acquisition, a move that comes after Disney was also reported to be circling Rupert Murdoch's media empire. 21st Century Fox's share price shot up in after-hours trading following the news on Thursday, first reported by CNBC. It is unclear whether the cablecompany is exploring a purchase of all or part of Fox, which owns Hollywood studios 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight as well as the Fox news and sports channels. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Housing crisis, broadcasters, LSE, energy users

    Thursday 16 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Theresa May will signal that tackling the housing crisis will be a key theme of next week's budget as pressure mounts on the chancellor, Philip Hammond, to release fresh resources to invest in building new homes. MPs and ministers have been urging the chancellor to spend more on housebuilding, since the general election campaign underscored younger voters' concerns about the difficulties of getting on the property ladder. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Public sector pay, trade unions, Brexit

    Wednesday 15 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Philip Hammond is facing renewed calls to unfreeze public sector pay, as fresh analysis suggests the cost to the Treasury would be cushioned by £2.5bn in additional tax revenues and benefits savings. A significant portion of funding required to lift the cap would be returned almost immediately to the Treasury, according to research from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) thinktank. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: UK pay, immigration, Brexit, fracking, fake news

    Tuesday 14 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The average pay packet in Britain in five years' time will still be more than £20 lower than it was before the start of the financial crisis as the biggest squeeze on wages since the end of the Napoleonic Wars extends well into a second decade, a leading thinktank has warned. The Resolution Foundation said that the downgrade to Britain's future productivity performance expected in next week's budget would have a negative impact on wage growth between now and 2022 and also limit the room for manoeuvre of the chancellor, Philip Hammond. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: BoE, Brexit, retailers, pensions, CYBG

    Monday 13 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - More than 3,000 potential conflicts of interests have been disclosed by almost half of Bank of England employees in the wake of the Charlotte Hogg debacle. The central bank was notified of 3,333 "close personal relationships" by 1,924 employees as of the end of last month, such as with City firms, Bank contractors and MPs, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show. - The Times

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Brexit, no confidence, Budget changes, HSBC, Sky

    Sunday 12 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - A "disorderly Brexit" is now seen as almost inevitable by the world's biggest banks - ranking on a par with a global cyber-attack as a threat to the international financial system, the City of London Corporation has warned. In a letter to the chancellor sent, Catherine McGuinness, chairwoman of the policy and resources committee at the City's ruling body, offers her "detailed observations on institutional concerns" following three days of meetings with Wall Street bosses and policymakers in New York and Washington DC. - Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Brexit, Equifax, National Grid, Saudi Aramco

    Friday 10 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - British and European business leaders are to demand an urgent breakthrough on Brexit from Theresa May in order to salvage a transition deal from the stalled negotiations in Brussels. The CBI and counterparts from France, Germany and Italy will meet the prime minister at Downing Street on Monday to warn that taking much longer to negotiate a transition agreement could render it useless because companies will soon be forced to assume the worst about the terms of Britain's departure from the EU. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Factory workers, Four Seasons, China steel dumping

    Thursday 09 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - A shortage of factory workers is starting to push up pay rates but wage rises in the services sector remain rooted at around 2%, according to the latest feedback from the Bank of England's regional agents. The central bank said its agents, which are based in offices across the country, found that shortages this month across the manufacturing sector were leading to a "slight increase in pay growth" that would take average rate of pay rises up by half a percent, from 2-3% this year to 2.5%-3.5% in 2018. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Household finances, Sky News, Hobbs

    Wednesday 08 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - MPs have launched a formal inquiry into household finances, as personal debt hits levels unseen since the financial crisis. The Treasury select committee will examine the debt levels of UK households as well as whether consumers are saving adequately as Britain leaves the European Union. Problem debt and the treatment of low income families by banks will also form part of the inquiry. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: NAO, BRC, Apple, ITV

    Tuesday 07 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - High inflation could cost the British Government tens of billions of pounds in extra interest payments because so much of its debt is index-linked. More than one-third of gilts - excluding those bought by the Bank of England - are linked to the retail price index measure of inflation, so if inflation is one percentage point higher over the next five years, payments on those bonds will rise by £26bn, the National Audit Office has warned. - Telegraph

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Paradise papers, Glencore, bubble fears, living wage

    Monday 06 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The world's biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being revealed this week in a major new investigation into Britain's offshore empires. The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in which tax abuses can thrive - and the complex and seemingly artificial ways the wealthiest corporations can legally protect their wealth. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Pay gap, Barclay brothers, Facebook, HSBC

    Thursday 02 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Women around the globe may have to wait more than two centuries to achieve equality in the workplace, according to new research. The World Economic Forum, best known for its annual gathering in the Swiss resort of Davos, said it would take 217 years for disparities in the pay and employment opportunities of men and women to end. This is significantly longer than the 170 years its researchers calculated a year ago. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: UK property market, North-South divide, Bitcoin

    Wednesday 01 Nov 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The UK's property market will take this week's expected rise in interest rates in its stride, according to ratings agency Moody's, but it warned that the outlook for the buy-to-let market has worsened significantly. The agency, which along with Standard & Poor's was widely condemned for awarding triple-A ratings to sub-prime mortgage books before the 2008 financial crisis, said the British property market is more resilient than is widely believed. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Brexit vote, construction, dairy, Pearson

    Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

    (ShareCast News) - A Brexit agreement with the EU would need to be enshrined in law and be subject to scrutiny and a vote by MPs and peers, ministers have conceded. Until now Theresa May and David Davis, the Brexit secretary, have insisted that parliament will only be given a "take it or leave it" vote on the overall deal, without the need for primary legislation. - The Times

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Budget hole, Fed head, trains, Tesco

    Monday 30 Oct 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Fresh analysis that reveals a hole of almost £20bn in the public finances will heighten the pressure on the chancellor, Philip Hammond, ahead of next month's budget. Britain is on track for the deficit - the gap between government spending and tax receipts - to reach £36bn by 2021-22, more than twice the initial official forecast of £17bn, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Freelance workers, Apple, Monarch, Brexit, fixed-odds betting

    Sunday 29 Oct 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The chancellor is considering a £1bn raid on freelance workers in a new blitz against "disguised employment" in the private sector. The mooted crackdown could force businesses to add tens of thousands of self-employed staff to their payroll, driving up their tax bills. - The Sunday Times

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