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Thursday newspaper round-up: Wilko, Revolut, Russian economy

(Sharecast News) - Wilko plans to cut more than 400 jobs, including assistant store managers, retail supervisors, head office managers and call centre workers, in the troubled retailer's latest effort to control costs. The value household and garden products retailer has told staff it plans to reduce hours for team supervisors in 150 of its 401 stores, leading to the equivalent of about 150 full-time equivalent job losses, after a fall in sales. - Guardian Revolut is facing a crackdown on cryptocurrency investing as ministers prepare to take action over on an unregulated trading strategy offered by the banking app. Treasury documents suggest that "staking", in which investors deposit their holdings of crypto in the hope of earning double-digit returns, could face new controls from the City watchdog. - Telegraph

A chatbot named Harvey is helping hundreds of lawyers at Allen & Overy to draft contracts and write memos to clients, the firm has announced as the legal sector explores new ways to boost productivity using artificial intelligence. The City legal practice said that Harvey is available to about 3,500 employees. The chatbot has answered about 40,000 legal queries since November. - The Times

Russia's economy is expected to return to growth next year, according to new forecasts, despite international sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine. The latest projections from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) predict that Russia's economy will grow by 1 per cent in 2024 after a 3 per cent decline in GDP this year. - The Times

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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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