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Sunday Papers: Officials draw up rescue plan for Co-op Bank

And Unilever lines up £6 billion sale of Flora and Stork in wake of rebuffed Kraft takeover.

Sunday Papers: Officials draw up rescue plan for Co-op Bank

Top stories

  • The Sunday Telegraph: Regulators at the Bank of England are growing increasingly concerned about the future of Co-operative Bank as the beleaguered lender struggles to find a rescue buyer.
  • The Sunday Times: Unilever is preparing a £6 billion sale of brands including Flora and Stork as part of its response to the ill-fated takeover bid from Kraft Heinz.
  • The Observer: Hit hard by falling oil prices and job losses, the Scottish ‘energy capital of Europe’ is facing a complex decision at a time of uncertainty.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Bob Diamond, the former Barclays chief executive, has joined forces with a Qatari investment bank to swoop on Panmure Gordon, one of Britain’s oldest stockbrokers; the deal, confirmed this morning, will see Mr Diamond’s private equity vehicle, Atlas Merchant Capital, and QInvest, the Qatari investment bank, take the company private.
  • The Sunday Times: Shareholders could win the legal right to block excessive pay deals for company bosses, as part of Theresa May’s attack on fat cat pay.
  • The Observer: Rising food and fuel costs are expected to have pushed inflation to its highest level in more than three years when official figures are released on Tuesday, underscoring the impact of the Brexit-battered pound on prices in the shops.

Business and economics

  • The Sunday Telegraph: Just days after being forced into an embarrassing u-turn over national insurance hikes, it is feared Philip Hammond will borrow tens of billions of pounds more than predicted over the coming years, leaving a fresh hole in the nation’s finances.
  • Mail on Sunday: HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver may have set up a trust specifically in order to test whether the taxman would accept he was a 'non-dom', according to experts.
  • The Sunday Times: Engineering giant GKN is toying with a rare fix for its £2 billion pensions black hole - raising £250 million of debt to pump into the schemes.
  • The Sunday Times: Hedge funds are betting heavily on a further collapse in the shares of cleaning and repairs company Mitie after new boss Phil Bentley ordered an external probe of its accounts.
  • Mail on Sunday: Clothing giant Next is poised to unveil its first annual profit fall for eight years after it was caught between a clothing market squeeze and a slump in sterling.
  • The Sunday Times: Lawyers and senior figures from the food industry are secretly working on a Brexit foods act, which would allow producers to make health claims that are not allowed under EU law.
  • The Sunday Times: Mining giant BHP Billiton is set to pick one of Australia’s best-known female executives to chair its board.
  • The Sunday Times: Apple’s British design guru Sir Jonathan Ive has invested in a London fashion start-up that makes high-end iPhone cases favoured by the likes of Beyoncé and Victoria Beckham.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Executives at the buy-to-let lender Charter Court Financial Services are in line for a multi-million pound windfall when it lists on the London stock exchange, in a float that could value the business at about £400 million.

Share tips, comment and bids

  • Mail on Sunday (Midas share tips): The all-singing, all-dancing Asian trust that sticks to a winning formula.
  • Mail on Sunday (Midas share tips): Investors clean up as our tip Johnson rises 501%.
  • The Sunday Telegraph (Questor share tips): United Utilities worth holding amid flood of change.
  • The Sunday Times: The Mergermarket Group has hired advisers to sell part of the business, triggering speculation the company’s private equity owner is grooming its news and data business for a £1 billion sale.
  • The Sunday Times: Redrow is considering a revised offer for Bovis Homes, as the first big takeover battle in the housebuilding sector for a decade starts to heat up.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Wood Group has hit back over concerns that its £2.2 billion takeover of the struggling engineer Amec Foster Wheeler will be detrimental to the North Sea oil industry.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Standard Life chief Keith Skeoch has defended the insurer’s decision to merge with rival Aberdeen Asset Management, in his first interview since the £11 billion deal was agreed.
  • The Sunday Times (Comment): What makes Bob Diamond chase after an ailing City broker.
  • The Sunday Times (Comment): Thank the self-employed for Britain’s jobs miracle.
  • The Sunday Times (Comment): Will Elon Musk’s Tesla dream stall?

3 comments so far. Why not have your say?

Mark Stringer

Mar 19, 2017 at 11:15

£6 billion for Flora & Stork? Someone is having a laugh aren't they? Presumably, all the 'life extending and placebo' pr'd spreads have cut into the spread market share.

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Roger Savage

Mar 19, 2017 at 12:55

"Rising food and fuel costs are expected to have pushed inflation to its highest level in more than three years when official figures are released on Tuesday, underscoring the impact of the Brexit-battered pound on prices in the shops"

The pound certainly fell after the Brexit vote but it's the BoE that have kept it there by needlessly reducing interest rates, printing more money and talking the currency down at every opportunity.

Bottom line - the BoE is wilfully causing inflation and wilfully holding the pound down. Meanwhile, hedge funds shorting the pound make a fortune. It's not like there's a connection between party donors to the government and hedge funds. Ahem...

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Mark Stringer

Mar 19, 2017 at 13:44

Roger Savage, quite right. Can you imagine if these people had to compete on a level playing field and pig ignorant journos actually knew where to find the facts outside of the pr agency missives. The unemployment statistics (already hugely affected by creative accounting) would have the ranks of the civil service, councils, NHS management, House of Commons et al joining the ranks. The con job must continue so the ' spend,spend,spend' can carry on.

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