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Wednesday newspaper round-up: Pensions, Apple, interest rates

(Sharecast News) - Treasury officials are discussing a one-off break from the pensions triple lock that could save £1bn by preventing a bumper 8.5% increase in the state pension next year. The government is considering stripping out public sector bonuses that were awarded to workers to prevent strikes over the summer from the calculation that determines the annual rise in pensions. - Guardian Apple will stop using leather across all of its accessories in an effort to "protect the planet" and meet its net zero targets by 2030. The US tech giant said it would stop using leather in its watch straps and phone cases and replace it with a material called "FineWoven", which is made using 68pc recycled textiles and other artificial fibres. - Telegraph

Andrew Bailey and his colleagues at the Bank of England all agree that inflation must be crushed. Unfortunately, they don't agree on the best way to do it: policymakers are split on whether to hold interest rates at their current level of 5.25pc or raise it higher at next week's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. - Telegraph

Lawyers for the US government claimed yesterday that Google did not play by the rules in its efforts to keep its dominance in online search, paying billions of dollars to ensure that smaller rivals failed to get traction. "This case is about the future of the internet," Kenneth Dintzer said, arguing for the Department of Justice that Google had begun in 2010 to illegally maintain its monopoly. - The Times

The Barclay family did not enjoy a big windfall from selling the Ritz, despite achieving a price of about £750 million for the hotel, it has emerged. The 117-year-old Ritz was the crown jewel of the Barclays' business empire, but the sale of the London landmark caused a family feud that culminated in a legal battle and allegations of secretly bugged conversations. - 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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