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Friday newspaper round-up: Boohoo, Asda, Eli Lilly

(Sharecast News) - The founders of fast fashion retailer Boohoo.com doubled their pay to about £1m each last year as they were handed hefty bonuses despite missing financial targets. Directors decided that both Carol Kane and Mahmud Kamani deserved bonuses equivalent to their annual basic salary - instead of the 30% they had been due to receive after missing sales and underlying profit targets. - Guardian Asda is finalising a deal to buy its sister business EG Group's UK and Irish petrol forecourts in a deal worth £3bn, allowing the supermarket to step up its shift into convenience retailing. The businesses are expected to formally announce a long-awaited tie-up in the next few days, which will create a combined business worth about £10bn. - Guardian

Asos, the struggling online retailer, is raising £75 million in cash from shareholders and has refinanced in an effort to strengthen its balance sheet. The fundraising announced last night is fully underwritten by three shareholders, including the investment vehicle of Bestseller, owned by Anders Povlsen, the Danish businessman. - The Times

One of the world's biggest drugs companies has suspended a potential investment in Britain because of the country's "stifling commercial environment". Eli Lilly, the American multinational, had been looking to invest in laboratory space, but it has put its plans for London on hold because, it said, the UK "does not invite inward investment at this time". - The Times

Twitter's head of engineering has announced his departure from the social media platform, having decided to resign on the day of Ron DeSantis' car-crash presidential launch alongside Elon Musk. Foad Dabiri announced on Twitter that he decided on Wednesday to "leave the nest" nearly four years after he joined the company in 2019. Mr Dabiri described his role on LinkedIn as "engineering lead for Twitter's growth organisation". - Telegraph

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(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
(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
(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
(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

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