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Sunday Papers: Call to scrap Help to Buy in London

Sunday Papers: Call to scrap Help to Buy in London

Top stories

  • The Sunday Telegraph: Legal & General chief executive says drop Help to Buy scheme in London, warning that it is 'stoking up demand’ leading to 'absurd house prices’.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: The next Lloyds share sale could come as early as mid-February, making Ed Miliband’s plans to split up the major banks on market share grounds difficult.
  • Mail on Sunday: JD Wetherspoon will open Britain’s first motorway pub on Tuesday.
  • Mail on Sunday: Timpson, the shoe repairer and key cutter that seems to be everywhere, is opening its thousandth shop tomorrow.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Slowing demand and weakening currencies in emerging markets including Brazil, India, Russia and Indonesia has hit Unilever's profits.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Amazon is to offer Sunday service in seven areas, for shoppers frustrated about missing deliveries during the week when they are at work.

Business and economics

  • The Sunday Telegraph: The Britain's car industry is gearing up to take on Germany, says JLR's Andy Goss; five years on from the £1.3 billion sale of Jaguar Land Rover to India's Tata Motors, the iconic car marque has defied the doom-mongers.
  • Mail on Sunday: Betting giant Gala Coral Group has unveiled sales at an all-time high - at the same time as losses also broke records; turnover for the company hit £1.1 billion for the year to 28 September 2013, just up from £1.06 billion.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Airbus has industry-record backlog of 5,559 aircraft, while Boeing's backlog totals 5,080.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Deutsche Bank is reportedly preparing to issue a profit alert on its fourth-quarter earnings this week.
  • The Observer: Vince Cable has admitted that the government is battling to reassure foreign investors who are increasingly worried about a potential British exit from the European Union.
  • Mail on Sunday: Oil giant BP is expected to report a fall in profits, with City traders fearing it has been hit by the same rising costs that prompted Shell to issue a profits warning on Friday.
  • Mail on Sunday: Sportswear tycoon Mike Ashley will meet Debenhams boss Michael Sharp as early as this week over a plan to flood the department store with the billionaire’s clothing.
  • Mail on Sunday: Hundreds of thousands of Barclays business customers are to be hit with unexpected charges when the bank forces them to change accounts.
  • Mail on Sunday: Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers scrambling to file their online self- assessment returns before the 31 January deadline are being warned to avoid a copycat Revenue & Customs website that charges fees of up to £1,000.

Share tips, comment and bids

  • Mail on Sunday (Midas share tip): Stanley Gibbons is a strong business; in November, the group acquired coin business Noble Investments, which owns about a million coins; new investors should buy. Noble investors should hold on to their Gibbons shares.
  • The Sunday Telegraph (Questor share tip): Imperial Tobacco remains a solid investment; it has tackled falling volumes by raising prices and boasts a strong balance sheet - hold.
  • The Sunday Telegraph (Questor share tip): N Brown trading levels make the shares a hold.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Sandell Asset Management, the hedge fund that is pushing for a break-up of FirstGroup, has bought a stake in Morrisons.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: RBS expects stock market listing of Citizens in the second half of the year to pave the way for the return to the UK of billions of dollars of capital it was forced to put into the unit between 2007 and 2008.
  • Mail on Sunday (Editorial): Banking will be transformed - by technology, not politics; the revolution in banking is happening online – not in the high-street branches.
  • The Sunday Telegraph (Comment): More than 2,500 of the world's top leaders and wealth creators are expected to descend in Davos.

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