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  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Murdoch, Ford, Co-op, QE

    Tuesday 22 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - A campaigning group opposed to Rupert Murdoch's takeover of Sky is threatening a legal challenge to the media regulator's ruling that the broadcaster would remain "fit and proper" to hold a UK licence if it was snapped up by 21st Century Fox. Activist group Avaaz has hired lawyers and launched the first steps of a judicial review against the communications regulator following its report into the £11.7bn bid by Murdoch's 21st Century Fox for the 61% of Sky it does not already own. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Brexit, mobile auction, Thomas Cook, pay

    Monday 21 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Britain could be subject to rulings by the European Court of Justice for years after the UK leaves the European Union, it has emerged. This week the Government will publish its blueprint for how Britain will treat rulings by the European Court of Justice, the EU's highest court, in civil court cases after Brexit. - Telegraph

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Bank of England, BT, Channel 4, Daily Mail and General Trust

    Sunday 20 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - A boom in cheap loans provided by the Bank of England is fuelling Britain's consumer debt bubble. High street lenders have ramped up their use of a special lending facility created by Mark Carney, the Bank governor, after Britain's vote for Brexit. They have now borrowed more than £72bn from the Term Funding Scheme (TFS), an analysis of public disclosures reveals - a 30% jump since the end of March. - The Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Brexit deals, White House, productivity, Cuadrilla

    Friday 18 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - EU migrants will be barred from claiming in-work benefits unless they have been employed for at least four years after Brexit under plans to revive a pledge by David Cameron. Ministers are understood to be examining plans to bar migrants who arrive in the UK after March 2019 from claiming in-work benefits unless they have worked in the UK and "contributed" for four years. - The Telegraph

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Libor lawsuit, UK shale, freedom of movement

    Thursday 17 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The US government has filed what could be the largest Libor scandal-related lawsuit yet against some of Britain's biggest lenders, alleging that their role in rigging borrowing rates had played a part in the collapse of American banks once worth more than $400 billion. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has begun a High Court claim against banks including Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland, alleging that they colluded to hold down borrowing rates for several years, a practice known as "lowballing", to give the market a false idea of their financial health. - The Times

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Help to Buy, Brexit, China, Easyjet, Glencore

    Wednesday 16 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The number of first-time buyers is increasing rapidly because of the support of the government's Help to Buy scheme and ultra-low mortgage rates. First-timers borrowed £5.9 billion in mortgages in June, up by 26 per cent compared with May and 9 per cent on June last year. This equated to 36,000 loans, a rise of 22 per cent from the previous month, according to UK Finance, the trade organisation. - The Times

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Brexit customs deal, Sainsbury's, stamp duty

    Tuesday 15 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - David Davis, the Brexit secretary, is expected to set out more clearly the government's hopes for a future customs deal with the European Union this week, to help inform the next round of Brexit negotiations. With Theresa May not expected to return to her desk in Downing Street from her holiday until Thursday, the government is keen to show that preparations for Brexit have not ground to a halt. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Consumer slowdown, retail squeeze, Pru, SMEs

    Monday 14 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Businesses and investors are braced for a spending slowdown as those who have kept up a shopping spree in the last year run out of "borrowed time and borrowed money". Households have continued to spend since the Brexit vote, helping drive up sales among retailers and supermarkets already benefiting from a windfall created by the devaluation of the pound. - Telegraph

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Credit crackdown, L&G, real wages, BT, BHP

    Sunday 13 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Lloyds Banking Group has shortened the terms of some of its zero per cent balance transfer deals in a sign that banks are responding to a Bank of England crackdown. Earlier this year Lloyds was offering a Halifax-branded card giving customers 43 months interest free - a market-leading rate. The equivalent card today has been pegged back to 38 months. - Mail on Sunday

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Eggs, Mortgage Arrears, Asda

    Friday 11 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Four supermarkets have withdrawn products from their shelves as it emerged that 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms implicated in a contamination scare had been distributed to Britain. The Food Standards Agency said the number of contaminated eggs estimated to have reached the UK was far higher than the 21,000 first supposed, and that egg salads from Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda, sandwiches from Morrisons, and sandwich fillers from Waitrose had been withdrawn. - The Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: North Korea, Telit Communications, Johnston Press

    Thursday 10 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - North Korea has defied threats of "fire and fury" from Donald Trump, deriding his warning as a "load of nonsense" and announcing a detailed plan to launch missiles aimed at the waters off the coast of the US Pacific territory of Guam. A statement attributed to General Kim Rak Gyom, the head of the country's strategic forces, declared: "Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him". The general outlined a plan to carry out a demonstration launch of four intermediate-range missiles that would fly over Japan and then land in the sea around Guam, "enveloping" the island. - The Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: South Africa, North Korea, Retired households

    Wednesday 09 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - President Zuma was left humiliated and enfeebled last night by a major revolt within his own party after at least 30 stalwart MPs were believed to have turned against him in a vote of no confidence in his leadership. The South African leader survived the overall motion with 198 votes supporting him in parliament against 177 who wanted him to step down. Nine MPs abstained in the secret ballot. - The Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Hiring, leaseholds, energy costs, Global Blue

    Tuesday 08 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The booming jobs market shows no signs of abating, according to figures from recruitment agencies that show the fastest rise in jobs placements for more than two years. Companies shrugged off Brexit uncertainty to increase their permanent staff headcount last month at the quickest pace since April 2015, while temporary hires rose at the fastest rate in almost two and half years. - The Times

  • Monday newspaper round-up: PL auction, consumer spending, construction, Shell

    Monday 07 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The executive chairman of the Premier League has indicated that the door is open for online giants to end the reign of BT and Sky and show live matches across the UK for the first time. Richard Scudamore insisted that there was "no ceiling in sight" after the pair spent £5.14 billion on three seasons of rights in 2015. The league is "technology-neutral" as it prepares to auction the next batch, he said, amid growing expectation that Amazon, Twitter and Facebook could enter the race. - The Times

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Sainsbury's, Brexit, Arqiva IPO

    Monday 07 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Sainsbury's is taking the axe to more than 1,000 jobs at its head office as part of a giant £500m cost-cutting drive. It is understood that a team of top consultants from McKinsey have been parachuted into the supermarket's headquarters to draw up a staff reduction plan. - The Sunday Telegraph

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Julius Baer, Brexit, L&G, British Gas

    Friday 04 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - A Swiss bank that accepts only customers with at least £2m of assets is defying Brexit with plans to expand in the UK through new offices in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow. Julius Bär will also put a small team in Belfast as it ventures beyond its UK operations in London. It is expected to hire 30 financiers for the new locations. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: FTSE 100 pay, energy companies, Tesla

    Thursday 03 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Ordinary employees would have to work for 160 years to earn the average remuneration of FTSE 100 chief executives in 2016, according to new research. The average take home pay for the bosses of Britain's top stock market-listed companies was £4.5m last year, according to the High Pay Centre's annual survey of top executive pay. This compares to Office for National Statistics figures showing average annual earnings of £28,200 for full-time employees in the year to April 2016. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Britain's economy, Saudi Aramco, AA, Apple

    Wednesday 02 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Britain's economy will surge back to life in the next six months following its slow start this year, a leading forecaster has predicted, prompting the Bank of England to raise interest rates next spring - more than a year earlier than its previous projection. The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said a boom in exports after the fall in the pound and a return to bumper wage rises next year would be enough to increase GDP growth to almost 2% and convince the central bank to increase the cost of borrowing. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Housing, trade deals, RPI, BoE Brexit

    Tuesday 01 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The housing crisis is set to worsen for young people already priced out of the property market as growing numbers of landlords refuse to rent to people under 35, according to research. A study by Sheffield Hallam University found that one third of landlords were cutting back on renting to under-35s. Concerns over younger people's ability to pay encourages landlords to look for older and more secure tenants. - The Times

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Brexit, estate agents, Prudential, motoring

    Monday 31 Jul 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Britain will not slash taxes and regulations after Brexit to undercut European rivals, Philip Hammond has said. In a marked softening of tone, the chancellor said that Britain's social, economic and cultural model would remain "recognisably European" after it left the EU. - The Times

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