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Thursday newspaper round-up: Nexperia, face-to-face banking, ULEZ

(Sharecast News) - The British government has blocked the takeover of the UK's largest producer of semiconductors by a Chinese-owned manufacturer, citing "a risk to national security". The business department's decision on Wednesday comes more than a year after semiconductor company Nexperia first announced that it had taken control of Newport Wafer Fab in south Wales in July 2021, in a £63m deal. - Guardian Labour is planning to force a vote on guaranteeing in-person banking across the country, following swathes of branch closures that have left local communities without face-to-face services. The party's amendment to the financial services and markets bill would give City regulators the power to ensure communities have regular access to "essential" in-person services, including opening new accounts, applying for loans, making and receiving payments and setting up standing orders. - Guardian

The average price of used cars fell for the first time in over two years, as supply chain problems started to ease for manufacturers. New inflation figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the price of second-hand cars fell by 2.7pc in the year to October. This is the first month that it has gone negative since the onset of the pandemic. However, it follows 23pc growth in the year to October 2021, meaning that prices are still much higher than before Covid. - Telegraph

Sadiq Khan is under fresh pressure to drop his controversial expansion of the ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) as new polling reveals the majority of Londoners oppose the mayor's flagship policy. Around 60pc of Londoners said they oppose Ulez expansion across all of Greater London, according to a YouGov survey conducted on behalf of Conservative party members of the Greater London Assembly. - Telegraph

The head of the financial regulator has warned the City that the way in which financial firms treat consumers during the looming recession "will determine the industry's reputation for decades ahead". In a speech to industry bosses at the annual UK Finance dinner in London last night, Nikhil Rathi urged banks to ensure they passed on the Bank of England's interest rate increases to savers. - The Times

The media regulator has sounded the alarm over the amount of power and influence that Silicon Valley's biggest companies have over the news that people consume online. Two thirds of UK adults get their news from social media companies including Facebook and Twitter, search engines such as Google and apps including Apple News, up from 18 per cent in 2005. Facebook is the third most popular news source in Britain, after the BBC and ITV, while among younger teenagers Instagram, TikTok and YouTube come top. - 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
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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