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  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Trade, taxes, airline M&A, water companies

    Tuesday 19 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Donald Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war. The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10% rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating dispute over the large trade imbalance between the two countries. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Greece, cryptocurrencies, house prices, Go-Ahead

    Monday 18 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Debit card payments have overtaken cash as the most popular form of payment in the UK for the first time, according to banking industry figures. Consumers used their debit cards 13.2bn times last year, up 14% compared to 2016, according to a report by UK Finance, the trade body for the UK banking and financial services sector. The number of cash transactions fell by 15% to 13.1bn transactions in the same period. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Brexit dealings, banks, insurance M&A, Virgin Money

    Sunday 17 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Ministers are prepared to thrash out a compromise with Tory rebels on Brexit this week to avoid a defeat that could torpedo Theresa May's remaining authority. Senior figures say Downing Street could seek a new deal with Dominic Grieve, the former attorney-general, who has been negotiating with No 10 after their talks collapsed last week. - Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Brexit rumbles, DoJ climb-down, Lloyds

    Friday 15 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Theresa May faces a confrontation with pro-EU Conservative rebels after abandoning a compromise over how parliament should be consulted at the end of Brexit negotiations. After two days of talks ministers said they would not accept demands from more than a dozen rebels that parliament should be able to influence the direction of Brexit in a case of no deal. Instead, the government published an amendment to its main legislation that critics said would give MPs less control. - The Times

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Banks, Rolls-Royce, fossil fuels, Dixons fines

    Thursday 14 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Banks have been warned that they are set to face tougher penalties for online failures as they continue to shut branches and push customers towards digital services. Regulators will be "less tolerant" if customers endure technical glitches, Nicky Morgan, chairwoman of the Treasury select committee, said yesterday. - The Times

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: AT&T, WPP, Co-op Bank, Serco boss

    Wednesday 13 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - The senior PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant who audited BHS's accounts ahead of its sale for £1 just a year before the department store chain collapsed is facing a 15-year ban and six-figure fine from the industry watchdog. Steve Denison, who spent more than 30 years at PwC according to his LinkedIn profile, becoming a partner, is understood to have been facing a £500,000 fine from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), reduced to £325,000 after he agreed to cooperate. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Singapore, Brexit dealing, NHS, WPP

    Tuesday 12 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have signed a document that will see the denuclearisation of North Korea begin "very quickly", the US president announced. After a working lunch concluded a morning of negotiations in Singapore, the two leaders held a signing ceremony, with Mr Trump calling it a "comprehensive" agreement. Mr Kim said "we are leaving the past behind us" as he said "the world will see a major change". - Telegraph

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Trade wars, Italy, Brexit, water companies

    Monday 11 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Germany accused President Trump last night of destroying Europe's trust and threatened to retaliate against new trade tariffs as the row over the weekend's disastrous G7 summit in Quebec escalated. In a combative appearance on German TV, Angela Merkel said that the EU was ready to take on the US in a trade war, and described Mr Trump's behaviour in the aftermath of the G7 meeting as "sobering and a bit depressing". - The Times

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Brexit, Russia, inflation, Rolls-Royce, Sainsbury's

    Sunday 10 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - The hidden scale of Kremlin links to the biggest donor to the Brexit campaign are revealed today. Arron Banks, the millionaire businessman who helped fund Brexit, was offered a business deal involving six Russian goldmines. He also had undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador to Britain - set up by a suspected Russian spy - and paid a previously unknown visit to Moscow at the height of the campaign. - Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: CBI, G7, Pfizer, TSB, Thames Water

    Friday 08 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Britain's leading employers' organisation, the Confederation of British Industry, has warned the UK economy will shift down a gear this year and risks remaining in the slow lane because of Brexit. Cutting its growth forecasts for the year, owing to heavy snowfall in the opening months of 2018 and lingering fears over Brexit, the CBI said it expected the growth rate for the British economy to slow to 1.4%, from 1.8% last year. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Carillion, TSB, Alphabet, GVC Holdings

    Thursday 07 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Accountants and lawyers will earn £70m managing the fallout from the collapse of Carillion, according to the National Audit Office, with taxpayers expected to foot a bill of more than £150m. In a report into the government's handling of the outsourcing company, the NAO said the liquidation of Carillion showed the government had "further to go" in understanding the financial health of suppliers whose failure could have major consequences. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Labour, Brexit, Tesla, emissions, Kate Spade, Sky

    Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Jeremy Corbyn has committed his party to retaining the main elements of Britain's relationship with the European Union after Brexit in a significant policy shift announced yesterday. The Labour leader and his top team will vote next week for a Commons motion calling for "full access" to the EU's single market and "shared institutions and regulations" with Brussels. - The Times

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Brexit, AstraZeneca, Johnston Press, Heathrow

    Tuesday 05 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Theresa May has a week to forge a compromise with Tory rebels over Brexit after she tabled votes on key legislation for next Tuesday, with 12 backbenchers threatening to inflict a defeat in a vote on future customs arrangements. They believe that the government will put forward its own compromise agreement within days but claim it is unlikely to be enough to buy them off. - The Times

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Brexit, China-US deal, auditors, trains

    Monday 04 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Britain will have only weeks to negotiate deals with dozens of countries after the European Union refused to help to extend any existing trade agreements before the legally binding signing of a Brexit withdrawal treaty. European officials have told the government that they will not ask the EU's trading partners to allow Britain to benefit from current trade deals with key countries such as Japan or South Korea until Theresa May signs the final legal text of a Brexit deal. - The Times

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: British Airways, US tariffs, RBS, Sir Martin Sorrell, Visa meltdown

    Sunday 03 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - British Airways and other airlines are plotting to take over building the proposed third runway at Heathrow from the airport's owner, because of fears that the costs will spiral to more than £20bn. - The Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Trade, Capita, Sainsbury, BoE

    Friday 01 Jun 2018

    (Sharecast News) - Britain is calling on Brussels to step back from a trade war with the United States after President Trump imposed new tariffs on EU imports. Liam Fox, the trade secretary, said yesterday that Britain "does not rule out" countermeasures or a challenge in an international court. However, he urged calm on all sides to avoid a full trade war. - The Times

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Banks, steel, trade, trains

    Thursday 31 May 2018

    (Sharecast News) - US regulators have started rowing back on banking restrictions brought in following the financial crisis, in a move seen as a significant victory for the Trump administration. The Federal Reserve has proposed altering the so-called Volcker rule, which was designed to stop banks from engaging in proprietary trading while accepting taxpayer-insured deposits. - Telegraph

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: RBS, nuisance calls, M&S, Shire

    Wednesday 30 May 2018

    (Sharecast News) - The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has called on the government to use its position as majority shareholder of Royal Bank of Scotland to block planned branch closures. McDonnell said the government should use its stake to force RBS, which holds its annual shareholder meeting in Edinburgh on Wednesday, to act in the public interest and accused it of "dancing to the tune of the bank's board". Earlier in May RBS revealed plans to close 162 branches in England and Wales with the loss of nearly 800 jobs. The bank said the move was a response to more people using online banking. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Brexit, RBS, drones, Codemasters

    Tuesday 29 May 2018

    (Sharecast News) - The growing risk of a bad Brexit deal for the City of London is causing severe tensions between the Bank of England and the Treasury, according to reports. Amid mounting fears that Brussels will reject plans put forward by the chancellor, Philip Hammond, for maintaining close ties with the EU for financial services, the Financial Times reported that Bank officials are at loggerheads with the Treasury over the search for a "Plan B" arrangement. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: House of Fraser, Heathrow, GVC, Homebase, FirstGroup

    Sunday 27 May 2018

    (Sharecast News) - A group of powerful landlords is set to take on House of Fraser, demanding better terms from the struggling department store chain as it tries to push through rent cuts and shop closures. Property giants including Legal & General and Westfield have hired the restructuring firm Begbies Traynor and the property agency JLL to engage with House of Fraser as it prepares to launch a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), a form of insolvency that allows distressed businesses to walk away from certain liabilities. - The Sunday Times

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