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Monday newspaper round-up: Amazon, British Airways, De La Rue

(Sharecast News) - Amazon's UK tax bill jump could jump by £29m next year as a result of changes to business rates that are scheduled to hit warehouses and online retailers the hardest. The online retailer is likely to be among firms facing big tax rises following the chancellor's autumn statement, according to analysis from the real estate adviser Altus Group. - Guardian People selling their homes have typically had to settle for below the asking price in recent weeks, according to Zoopla, which is predicting house prices will fall by about 5% next year. The average price achieved in recent weeks has been 3% below a seller's asking price, when for much of 2021 and the first half of this year it matched the asking price, the property website said. Zoopla said it expects discounts to increase further in 2023. - Guardian

British Airways is planning to double its operations at Gatwick as a long-running row with Heathrow sours relations with bosses at Britain's busiest airport. The UK flag carrier is to increase flights from the Sussex airport instead of expanding operations at Heathrow. - Telegraph

British businesses are "at risk" because the government has failed to set out a coherent blueprint for a microchip supply industry, according to a critical report from the influential cross-party business select committee of MPs. A semiconductor strategy was due this autumn from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Work on it started almost two years ago but it is yet to materialise. At the weekend officials declined to comment, saying only that it would be "published as soon as possible". - The Times

The chairman of De La Rue has received backing from three key proxy shareholder agencies before this week's investors' vote to remove him from the banknote printer's board. ISS, Glass Lewis and Pirc have recommended re-electing Kevin Loosemore, 63, on Friday. - The Times

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