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Thursday newspaper round-up: Borrowing costs, earnings, Walt Disney

(Sharecast News) - Labour has warned that more than half a million homeowners face a surge in mortgage costs before the local elections in England in May, as ministers battle to contain the damage from what is expected to be a long period of high interest rates. With the Bank of England widely expected to hold its key base rate at 5.25% on Thursday, the party released analysis that showed 630,000 more homeowners would be hit by higher borrowing costs before local elections next year. - Guardian Denmark's Ørsted has cancelled two big offshore windfarm projects in the US at a cost of more than £3bn amid surging costs facing the global wind industry. Shares in the world's biggest wind power company fell 25% on Wednesday after it told investors it had no choice but to take a 28.4bn Danish kroner (£3.3bn) impairment charge and stop the developments off the New Jersey coast. - Guardian

One of Europe's biggest private equity firms has postponed plans for a blockbuster listing in Amsterdam amid tumultuous market conditions. CVC Capital Partners, which was preparing to float this month, is said to have put its plans on ice for a second time. The buyout firm previously attempted to float last year but pushed plans back. - Telegraph

Workers have suffered a drop in their real earnings over the past year as high inflation erodes the value of rising pay packets, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics said real earnings for full-time workers had dropped by 1.5 per cent between April 2022 and April 2023, when including the impact of inflation. - The Times

Walt Disney has formally begun the process of buying Comcast's one-third stake in Hulu - a deal that will give the entertainment giant full ownership of the streaming service and freedom to incorporate it into its Disney+ streaming service. Disney said it expected to pay Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal, about $8.61 billion by December 1. This represents NBCU's percentage of the $27.5 billion guaranteed floor value for Hulu when it agreed to sell its stake to Disney in 2019, minus the anticipated outstanding capital call contributions payable by NBCU to Disney. - The Times

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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
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(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
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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
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(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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