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Wednesday newspaper round-up: Energy suppliers, Google, SVB UK

(Sharecast News) - Energy suppliers are hoarding nearly £7bn of customers' money despite a cost of living crisis that has left some households forced to choose between heating and eating. More than 16m UK households are collectively in credit by £6.7bn to their suppliers, with half of those holding balances of more than £200, research from comparison site Uswitch.com has shown. - Guardian Allowing Silicon Valley Bank UK to fail would have caused a domino effect across the City, putting a number of regulated firms at risk of collapse, the boss of the Financial Conduct Authority has said. The FCA's chief executive, Nikhil Rathi, outlined the watchdog's assessments in a letter to MPs on the Treasury committee, as he detailed the hectic weekend of 10 March that started with a bank run on SVB UK's deposits and ended with authorities facilitating HSBC's takeover of the bank for just £1. - Guardian

Google managed to beat a downturn in the wider tech sector thanks to an increase in demand for its cloud services, as rival Microsoft enjoyed a 7pc boost to revenues. Alphabet, the search giant's parent company, reported revenues grew to $69.8bn (£56.2bn) in the first three months of 2023, beating analyst expectations, but only improving by 3pc compared to the previous year. - Telegraph

The business department has "lost" billions of pounds of taxpayers' funds by failing to pursue fraud and error in pandemic finance schemes, MPs have said. In a highly critical report, the public accounts committee found the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy was showing "no real signs of making the improvements that would prevent the big mistakes it has made over many years, especially during the pandemic, happening all over again". - The Times

Inflation has struck at Pret A Manger. The sandwich chain has increased the price of its coffee subscription from £25 to £30 and changed the name of the loyalty scheme to Club Pret. Customers who use the scheme only for the five barista-prepared drinks a day they are entitled to will be annoyed at having to pay an extra £5, but if you also buy food then Club Pret membership gives 10 per cent off. - The Times

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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
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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