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Sunday Papers: Next, M&S first victims of retail’s toughest year

And US jobs growth clears course for Fed to continue increasing interest rates in early 2016.

 
Sunday Papers: Next, M&S first victims of retail’s toughest year

Top stories

  • The Sunday Telegraph: The fallout from a punishing winter for Britain’s high street will be laid bare this week when retail stalwarts Marks & Spencer and Next are expected to report tough festive trading.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Robust jobs growth in the US will clear the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates again this March, in another sign that America’s economic recovery has matured.
  • Mail on Sunday: Government hopes that exports would finally begin to power ahead are set to take a knock this week when a key survey from the British Chambers of Commerce is expected to reveal a gloomy outlook.
  • Mail on Sunday: Oil is more than a third cheaper at the start of this year than last, with the price of a barrel of Brent crude, the international benchmark, having fallen to $37.28 (£25.50) from $57.33 a year ago.

Business and economics

  • The Observer: American companies risk missing out on a “gold rush” in Iran if sanctions are lifted as expected next year under the controversial nuclear deal, experts have warned.
  • Mail on Sunday: Britain's biggest supermarket chains are facing another dire year at the hands of the German retail invaders after Aldi last night unveiled plans to open a record number of new stores.
  • Mail on Sunday: A4E, the welfare-to-work agency rocked by fraud allegations which led to the resignation of its founder and chairwoman Emma Harrison in 2012, saw turnover fall but profits quadruple last year.
  • Mail on Sunday: The private investment vehicle of former Conservative Party treasurer Michael Spencer is almost back in the black after previously losing £28 million; IPGL, which has stakes in global broking giant ICAP and other firms, including a fine art trader and an aviation company, made losses of £28.4 million and £17.9 million in 2014 and 2013 respectively.
  • Mail on Sunday: Beleaguered British steel makers fear the Government’s support for China’s attempt to be granted market economy status by the European Union will render them defenceless within weeks.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: One of the world's largest investors more than halved its stake in BG last month, fuelling speculation about shareholders' attitude towards the takeover by Shell.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: The boss of Rezidor, the company behind the Radisson hotel chain, said November's terrorist attack had not changed its expansion plans into emerging markets.

Share tips, comment and bids

  • The Sunday Telegraph: Health food and vitamins chain Holland & Barrett is gearing up for a sale this year after six years of ownership by private equity firm Carlyle.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Jaeger sell-off pulled as bids fail to match asking price; offers for Jaeger were less than owner Better Capital was prepared to accept, and the fashion firm will stay under Better's control.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: L&G is considering sales of its Dutch retail unit marking the latest retreat from Europe as the big insurers revamp their businesses.
  • The Sunday Telegraph (Comment): Another Lehman collapse is the biggest threat we face.
  • The Sunday Telegraph (Comment): Don’t expect any swift rebound in the oil price.
  • The Sunday Telegraph (Comment): UK dividend fears are overdone.

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