- The Sunday Telegraph: Deputy Governor Andrew Bailey says Bank is watching the housing market carefully and will not allow a 'free-for-all’ in mortgage provision.
- The Sunday Telegraph: HMRC is likely to lose £2.1 million in VAT, PAYE and National Insurance contributions after Blockbuster fell back into administration in November.
- The Independent on Sunday: Leading MPs and senior figures in the UK's crowdfunding industry are calling on the Financial Conduct Authority to halt the current consultation over regulation, because they claim the process is deeply flawed and may strangle the industry at birth.
- The Sunday Telegraph: UK expected to grow 3% next year, putting it on "level pegging" with America for the title of the strongest-growing advanced economy in the world.
- Mail on Sunday: Britain's biggest developer of retirement homes, McCarthy & Stone, plunged into the red this year due to high interest payments, but its recent restructuring should mean it bounces back into the black next year.
- Mail on Sunday: Leicestershire county council is to make £1 million available through online lending marketplace Funding Circle to local businesses struggling to access finance.
Business and economics
- The Sunday Telegraph: Jeweller boosted by Duchess of Cambridge earrings; like-for-like sales at Annoushka rise 21.2% in the first three weeks of December.
- Mail on Sunday: Small and medium-sized firms are being urged to invest in their business in the coming year or face falling behind their competitors.
- Mail on Sunday: Britain's third largest bingo operator Top Ten Bingo has recorded a huge fall in turnover and big losses as the sector toils with an ageing customer base, the rise in online bingo and the squeeze on consumer spending.
- Mail on Sunday: Oxfam is to revamp all its 700 shops and launch its first new television advertising campaign for 20 years in a bid to reverse falling sales.
- Mail on Sunday: Marks & Spencer is expected to open a store in Australia next year marking the chain’s first venture Down Under.
Share tips, comment and bids
- Mail on Sunday (Midas share tip): At 0.735p, LiteBulb is a true penny share but the products are both useful and fun – buy
- Mail on Sunday (Midas share tip): Oxford Instruments shares have risen eight-fold over the past six years; investors could sell up to 30% of their stock and bank the cash, but hang on to their remaining stock as this company should deliver long-term growth.
- The Sunday Telegraph (Questor share tip): Serco has plenty of work in its order book, the challenge is to win those projects before the 2015 election creates further delays.
- Mail on Sunday: Britax mulls sale of Public Safety Equipment International; fire engine and police car light-maker hires investment bank to advise on £60 million sale.
- Mail on Sunday: Formula 1 could be set for a multi-billion-dollar sale or flotation in the New Year after the sport’s biggest private equity owner, CVC capital partners, failed to buy IMG, the sports marketing company.
- The Sunday Telegraph: Swimwear brand Arena, which sponsors GB Olympian Francesca Halsall, expected to be sold to Swiss-based Capvis.
- The Sunday Telegraph: Investors behind Heathrow Hub, the company whose proposals for airport expansion were shortlisted by the Davies Commission last week, could cash in by selling the intellectual property for its scheme.
- Mail on Sunday (Comment): The Bitcoin virtual currency was hailed by its fans in 2013 as a revolution. But now governments are moving to quell the Bitcoin frenzy and the hype is evaporating.
- The Observer (Comment): Without morality, the market economy will destroy itself.
- The Observer (Comment): Superman' Ben Bernanke prepares to fly out of US Federal Reserve.