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Tuesday newspaper round-up: Nuclear power, P&O Ferries, Apple

(Sharecast News) - Boris Johnson has told nuclear industry bosses that the government wants the UK to get 25% of its electricity from nuclear power, in a move that would signal a significant shift in the country's energy mix. Johnson on Monday met executives from major nuclear utilities and technology companies including the UK's Rolls-Royce, France's EDF, and the US's Westinghouse and Bechtel to discuss ways of helping to speed up the development of new nuclear power stations. - Guardian

The Dubai-based owner of P&O Ferries is expected to benefit from at least £50m of UK taxpayer support as part of the government's freeport programme, raising questions over its role in the scheme after the sacking of 800 workers. DP World, the Emirati logistics giant behind P&O, runs the UK's second- and third-biggest shipping terminals at Southampton and London Gateway - locations among the first 12 freeports in the UK to be picked by the government last year as a flagship part of its levelling-up agenda. - Guardian

A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) board member has been forced to quit after breaching conflict of interest rules by holding "a few thousand pounds" worth of shares in the owner of British Airways. Garry Copeland, a former British Airways director of engineering, has stepped down after being hired as a non-executive last September to help the CAA deliver on "its strategic safety objectives". - Telegraph

The boss of one of Britain's biggest motor dealers will be expected to explain why he rejected a £400 million takeover attempt by one of its largest shareholders when he delivers full-year results today. Shares in Pendragon jumped by more than 20 per cent yesterday after it emerged at the weekend that Hedin Group had tabled a 28p-a-share offer for the London-listed dealership weeks ago. - The Times

Apple is set to take another three floors at 22 Bishopsgate, the City of London's newest skyscraper, in the latest sign of the technology giant's commitment to offices and to Britain. It is the second time in the past six months that the company, which has a stock market value of more than $2.5 trillion, will have expanded its presence in the building. - 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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