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Sunday newspaper round-up: Rolls-Royce, Minimum wage, Metro Bank

(Sharecast News) - Rolls-Royce chief Tufan Erginbilgic is expected to push for government backing for the company's small modular reactors. The engineer has already received approximately £200m in government funding and has a lead on its domestic and foreign rivals, but Erginbligic is worried that they might catch up. The government's lukewarm attitude may also make potential foreign buyers hesitate. - The Financial Mail on Sunday

Business leaders have sounded the alarm over a 10% increase in the minimum wage announced by the Chancellor last week. They argue that it will push their costs higher and undermine attempts to lower inflation. The 102p increase to £11.44 an hour from next April will be the third-largest ever. Business leaders did recognise the moral case for the increase but were concerned by the economic impact. - The Sunday Times

Hedge funds have piled on bets against Metro Bank before a crunch vote by the lender's shareholders on a £925m rescue plan. If the funding package is rejected then the Bank of England might deem it no longer viable and place it into resolution. Short-sellers on the other hand stand to reap considerable profits. Under the terms of the plan, one of its shareholders, Jaime Gilinski, will inject £102m into the lender and raise his stake to 52.9%. With 6.4% of its shares out on loan, Metro had become the most shorted stock on the London market after Asos. - The Financial Mail on Sunday

Council leaders have warned that the new wave of austerity hinted at in the Chancellor's autumn statement will set off a fire sale of public assets and put the most vulnerable at risk. When settlements for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were factored in, non-protected government departments in England were left facing an annual reduction of 3.4% for five years. Indeed, several "flagship blue counties" may be forced into bankruptcy as the 2024 elections are called. -Guardian

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(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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