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Thursday newspaper round-up: Diesel prices, Amazon, Whitbread

(Sharecast News) - Supermarkets have cut more than 7p a litre from the price of diesel since the UK's competition watchdog warned it would question retail bosses about unnecessarily high forecourt prices, according to the RAC. The motoring group found that the average price of diesel fell by 7.44p a litre, from 151.02p two weeks ago to 143.58p this week, after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) raised concerns that retailers were making "sustained higher margins" from sales of diesel. - Guardian

Amazon's main UK division has paid no corporation tax for the second year in a row after benefiting from tax credits on a chunk of its £1.6bn of investment in infrastructure, including robotic equipment at its warehouses. Amazon UK Services, which employs more than half of the group's UK workers, received a tax credit of £7.7m in the year to the end of December, according to accounts filed at Companies House, advance details of which were shared by Amazon with the Guardian. - Guardian

The owner of Premier Inn plans to swap mains gas for heat pumps and solar panels at more than 800 of its hotels as it pushes for net zero. The hotel chain, which is owned by Whitbread, one of the UK's largest hospitality businesses, wants to remove mains gas connections wherever possible by 2040 to boost its green credentials. - Telegraph

The City regulator has launched a criminal investigation into the racehorse-owning boss of WealthTek around a potential £81 million gap in the collapsed fund management company's finances. Officials at the Financial Conduct Authority confirmed that John Dance was being investigated over possible fraud and money-laundering offences, as well as potential regulatory breaches. - The Times

Sean Combs, the American rapper, actor, record producer who also has been known as Puff Daddy, P Diddy and Diddy, has accused Diageo of breaking the terms of their business partnership and of neglecting the tequila brand they had bought together, saying the company had done so because he is black. The lawsuit comes after years of partnership between the spirits company that owns Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Tanqueray and Combs, 53, with their joint DeLeón tequila brand. - The Times

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Sunday newspaper round-up: Middle East, Aston Martin, Defence
(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
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
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

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