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Thursday newspaper round-up: Online slot machines, Vauxhall, Body Shop

(Sharecast News) - The government is set to impose new limits of as little as £2 a spin for online slot machines, the Guardian understands, in a move that could cost casino companies hundreds of millions of pounds. Ministers have been consulting on imposing a maximum stake for the digital casino-style games since publishing a white paper on gambling reform last year. - Guardian Vauxhall's owner, Stellantis, will make electric vans at its factory in Luton from 2025, helping to secure the future of 1,500 UK jobs at the plant. The Luton factory will produce medium-sized electric vans for the Vauxhall, Citroën, Peugeot and Fiat Professional brands, Stellantis announced on Thursday. - Guardian

Taxpayers will be forced to pay millions of pounds to sacked staff at The Body Shop as administrators oversee a drastic restructuring of the collapsed chain. Employees at the company have been told to make claims through the government-backed redundancy payments service if they are laid off. This is funded using National Insurance contributions. - Telegraph

Nvidia Corporation forecast first-quarter revenue above estimates last night, banking on huge demand for its industry-leading artificial intelligence chips and improving supply chain dynamics. The company, based in Santa Clara, California, estimated current-quarter revenue of $24 billion, plus or minus 2 per cent, compared with expectations of $22.2 billion. - The Times

Investment bankers made an "unrealistic" and "inappropriate" $1 billion cash demand on the Frasers Group partly out of snobbery towards the retailer's owner Mike Ashley, a court has been told. Lawyers told a High Court judge on Wednesday that senior executives at Morgan Stanley wanted the group off its books because Ashley - the former owner of Newcastle United FC - was viewed as an "upstart". - 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) - 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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