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Friday newspaper round-up: Car insurance, Vodafone, The Telegraph

(Sharecast News) - Car owners who pay for their insurance monthly rather than with a one-off lump sum are being charged interest of more than 30%, research has found, in what has been described by campaigners as a "poverty premium". Insurers give customers the choice of paying one annual premium or breaking it up and paying over the course of the year. - Guardian Britain's beleaguered stock market has left City bosses increasingly nervous about the threat of foreign takeovers, according to new research. The majority of FTSE 350 board members surveyed by investment broker Deutsche Numis said their companies are at a greater risk of being acquired by buyers overseas in 2024. - Telegraph

The United Arab Emirates' stake in the telecoms operator Vodafone is a threat to Britain's national security, ministers have found. Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden intervened to demand protection from the Gulf state after it became Vodafone's biggest shareholder with a 14.6pc shareholding worth £2.7bn. Mr Dowden said Vodafone, which holds sensitive Whitehall contracts and owns critical infrastructure including undersea cables, was at risk of "material influence" by the UAE. - Telegraph

The chairman of The Spectator called on the government to block the Abu Dhabi-backed bid for the Telegraph newspaper group last night on the grounds that no foreign state should own major UK media assets. Speaking on Newsnight, Andrew Neil said: "You cannot have a major mainstream newspaper group owned by an undemocratic government or dictatorship where no one has a vote." - The Times

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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
Tuesday newspaper round-up: Pharma companies, Puig, Thames Water
(Sharecast News) - Rachel Reeves has said an incoming Labour government would launch a £5bn crackdown on tax avoiders to close a gap in its spending plans exposed by Jeremy Hunt scrapping the non-dom regime to finance tax cuts. Warning households and businesses that Labour was prepared to adopt tough measures to tackle tax fraud and non-compliance, Reeves said the funding would be used to pay for free school breakfast clubs and additional NHS appointments. - Guardian
Monday newspaper round-up: Boeing, rent rises, e-scooters, Santander UK
(Sharecast News) - US airline regulators have launched an investigation after an engine cowling on a Boeing plane fell off during takeoff and struck the wing flap. The Southwest Airlines flight 3695 rose to about 10,300ft (3,140 metres) before returning safely 25 minutes after takeoff to Denver international airport at about 8.15am local time on Sunday. It was towed to the gate after landing. The Boeing aircraft with 135 passengers and six crew members aboard had been headed to Houston. No one was injured. - Guardian

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