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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 Aircraft could one day take off on fuel made from human waste under plans revealed by Wizz Air and the British sustainable aviation company Firefly to build a commercial refinery in Essex. Firefly, based in Bristol, said it had developed a process to convert treated sewage into sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF. - Guardian

AstraZeneca has suffered an investor backlash over a £19m pay award for its chief executive, in a vote that will deepen concerns of an exodus of UK companies to the US. Around 35pc of investors voted to reject AstraZeneca's remuneration report and changes to its bonus plan at the company's AGM on Thursday. The changes increase chief executive Pascal Soriot's total reward package to £18.7m. His remuneration was up from £16.9m in the prior year, which already made the French-born executive the highest paid boss on the FTSE 100. - Telegraph

Annual profits at the City fund management firm co-founded by Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative MP, more than halved last year before client withdrawals forced the business to wind itself down. Latest accounts filed by Somerset Capital Management at Companies House show that net profits at the business fell to less than £3.1 million in the 12 months to the end of March last year, from almost £6.5 million in 2022. - The Times

Shares in Amazon closed at a new record high as the stock market value of the world's biggest online retailer edged closer to $2 trillion. At the end of trading on Wall Street, its stock price had risen $3.10, or 1.7 per cent, to $189.05, compared with its previous high of $186.57 on July 8, 2021, giving it a market capitalisation of $1.97 trillion. The rise in Amazon shares yesterday helped the Nasdaq Composite index to close at its sixth record high of the year so far with a gain of 271.84 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 16,442.20. - The Times

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(Sharecast News) - Post-Brexit border checks will cost UK businesses £470m a year, the government's public spending watchdog has said. Plans to bring in border checks on goods coming from the EU faced "significant issues" including critical shortages of inspectors before their introduction last month, the National Audit Office said in a report. - Guardian
Friday newspaper round-up: Bank branches, mortgages, Northern Rock
(Sharecast News) - The number of UK bank branches that have shut their doors for good over the last nine years will pass 6,000 on Friday, and by the end of the year the pace of closures may leave 33 parliamentary constituencies - including two in London - without a single branch. The tally is being published by the consumer group Which? as it seeks to make the "avalanche" of closures and the "disastrous" impact they can have on local communities an election battleground. - Guardian
Thursday newspaper round-up: JCB, M&S, smart meters
(Sharecast News) - The British digger maker JCB, owned by the billionaire Bamford family, continued to build and supply equipment for the Russian market months after saying it had stopped exports because of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the Guardian can reveal. Russian customs records show that JCB, whose owners are major donors to the Conservative party, continued to make new products available for Russian dealers well after 2 March 2022, when the company publicly stated that it had "voluntarily paused exports" to Russia. - Guardian
Wednesday newspaper round-up: Brexit border outages, Boeing, Stellantis
(Sharecast News) - Lorries carrying perishable food and plants from the EU are being held for up to 20 hours at the UK's busiest Brexit border post as failures with the government's IT systems delay imports entering Britain. Businesses have described the government's new border control checks as a "disaster" after IT outages led to lorries carrying meat, cheese and cut flowers being held for long periods, reducing the shelf life of their goods and prompting retailers to reject some orders. - Guardian

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