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Sunday Papers: Asda eyes £4.4bn bid for B&M

And BBC women have written to BBC boss Tony Hall demanding instant pay rise.

Sunday Papers: Asda eyes £4.4bn bid for B&M

Top stories

  • The Sunday Times: Asda is exploring a £4.4 billion takeover of B&M, the fast-growing discount retailer run by billionaire brothers Simon and Bobby Arora.
  • The Sunday Times: The BBC faces an unprecedented revolt today by 42 of its top female broadcasters with a public demand to tackle the gender pay gap now, rather than wait until 2020.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: More than a third of properties for sale in London have had asking prices slashed in a sign of an increasing slowdown in the capital’s property market.
  • The Observer: US prosecutors have decided to drop criminal charges against two former JP Morgan Chase & Co derivatives traders implicated in the “London Whale” trading scandal that caused $6.2 billion (£4.7 billion) of losses in 2012.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Sky shareholders are in line for a £171 million payout as the £11.7 billion takeover of the pay-TV giant by 21st Century Fox is repeatedly delayed by stumbles over regulatory hurdles.

Business and economics

  • The Guardian: Bank of America has become the latest high-profile City firm to reveal its post-Brexit EU hub, selecting Dublin as the location for some of its activities, amid fresh calls for the UK to clinch a transitional deal before it leaves the 28-nation bloc in 2019.
  • Mail on Sunday: Care UK, the largest independent provider of health and social care services in the UK, increased its revenues by £9 million in a year but made a multi-million pound loss because of administrative and financing expenses.
  • The Sunday Times: The mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) is still costing Britain’s banks nearly £300 million a month - equivalent to the annual salaries of more than 13,000 newly qualified NHS nurses.
  • The Sunday Times: Nearly $40 million (£31 million) was stolen last week in a series of attacks on ethereum, highlighting the dangers of investing in the suddenly popular - and erratic - cryptocurrency.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Snapchat is set to come under further pressure next week when investors are allowed to sell shares for the first time since it went public in March.
  • The Sunday Times: The squeeze on household finances could push Britain into recession over the coming year, two leading forecasters have warned.
  • The Sunday Times: The fine dining empire Corbin & King behind the Wolseley and the Delaunay in London saw sales rise last year but operating losses increased as its first hotel suffered teething problems.
  • The Sunday Times: Amazon has spent more than $6m this year on Washington lobbyists in preparation for its $13.7 billion (£10.5 billion) swoop on Whole Foods, the upmarket supermarket chain.

Share tips, comment and bids

  • The Sunday Telegraph (Questor share tips): Glencore is worth a punt.
  • The Sunday Times: FTSE 100 payments giant Worldpay could be forced to leave a rump of shares on the London market following its takeover by American rival Vantiv, after British fund managers raised objections to the £9 billion deal.
  • The Sunday Times: Shareholders that control more than half of Kelda, the parent company of Yorkshire Water, are toying with selling their stakes for what could be a total of £4 billion; Deutsche Bank and the private equity fund Corsair Capital are believed to be weighing up the sale of their stakes — 23.4% and 30.3% respectively.
  • The Sunday Times: A Korean state-owned power giant is drawing up plans to buy a slice of a new £10 billion nuclear plant in north Wales; Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) has held early talks about pumping cash into Horizon, the power station being developed by Japanese conglomerate Hitachi on Anglesey.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Bakkavor, a supplier of pizzas, ready meals and desserts to Britain’s supermarkets, is gearing up for a stock market float that could value it at more than £1 billion.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: The troubled British microchip ­designer Imagination Technologies has become a takeover target for a private equity fund backed by the Chinese government; Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, which is based in Silicon Valley but funded by authorities in Beijing, has held talks about a potential bid for Imagination or parts of its business.
  • The Sunday Telegraph (Comment): Brexit without a deal is intolerable if you care about the economy.

8 comments so far. Why not have your say?


Jul 23, 2017 at 09:27

BBC why not lower the male saleries to the female?

let's have a real mess, and a few weeks of tele.

Also, do we really want China to own us, as well as the Koreans?

for our sake stop it.

all they want is the technology?

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Jul 23, 2017 at 09:28


OFF tele

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Jul 23, 2017 at 10:18

Exelent idea reduce all male salaries at the B B C to the same level as the girls save a fortune alternatively make it a subscription only channel & remove the license fee

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Jul 23, 2017 at 10:18

Exelent idea reduce all male salaries at the B B C to the same level as the girls save a fortune alternatively make it a subscription only channel & remove the license fee

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Jul 23, 2017 at 11:20

Reduce the grant to BBC until they cannot afford to pay these insane salaries.

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Ian Holmes

Jul 23, 2017 at 14:50

Just get rid of the BBC and watch Al Jazeera. (Sorry, for being cynical - but the BBC has lost its way.............. and we're all paying for it! - in spades)

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alan franklin

Jul 23, 2017 at 18:49

The licence fee is a tax on all of us who dislike The Biased Broadcasting Corporation; overstaffed, overrated, overpaid and seemingly an electronic offshoot of The Guardian.

All of us should only have to pay for what we watch and the licence fee is a relic from the days of a TV monopoly.

The BBC, smug and self righteous, thinks it is playing with monopoly money. Unfortunately, it is OUR MONEY. Wake up, government!

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Jul 23, 2017 at 19:20

Read Ruth Davidson on reform of Conservative Party she needs to be the next leader but not before we have left the E U

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