- The Sunday Telegraph: Mitie, Interserve, Carillion and Capita have been awarded more than £2 billion worth of public sector work since last summer, despite a string of profit warnings and crashing share prices.
- The Sunday Times: A South African healthcare provider Mediclinic International, which already has a 29.9% stake in Spire, is plotting a £1.3 billion swoop on Spire Healthcare, Britain’s largest chain of private hospitals.
- The Sunday Times: GKN is examining a radical break-up plan that could create two FTSE 100 companies - splitting its aerospace and automotive businesses.
- The Sunday Times: Profit warnings have seen their biggest quarterly rise in nearly six years, as the sluggish domestic economy takes its toll on companies’ bottom lines.
Business and economics
- The Sunday Times: The secretive investment firm that presided over the collapse of Monarch Airlines has saddled Scunthorpe steelworks with high-interest debt; Greybull Capital, which invests the wealth of two families, has loaded the vast Lincolnshire complex with a £154 million package of shareholder loans that has echoes of the debt package secured against Monarch.
- The Sunday Times: The founder of SoftBank has revealed his plans to plough nearly $1 trillion into technology start-ups over the next decade.
- The Sunday Times: Google has upped its spending on Washington DC lobbyists in the hope of clearing a regulatory path for projects churned out by its secretive research lab.
- The Sunday Telegraph: The discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl are pressing ahead with rapid expansion despite fears over shifting shopping habits that are forcing Britain’s “Big Four” grocers to shake up their store estates.
- Mail on Sunday: Debenhams chief executive Sergio Bucher has embarked on a major overhaul of the company’s strategy to bring more ‘excitement’ into its stores up and down the country.
- The Sunday Telegraph: Airbus is battling to reduce the amount it pays back to government investors who helped fund the development of its poorly selling A380 superjumbo.
- The Sunday Times: BT is poised to overhaul its troubled international division in a move that could shut dozens of overseas outposts, including the scandal-hit Milan office.
- The Sunday Telegraph: Investors are pressing for reassurance about corporate governance at Rio Tinto after the mining giant was hit with fraud charges by the US markets regulator last week.
- The Observer: A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene.
Share tips, comment and bids
- The Sunday Telegraph (Questor share tips): Persimmon is building its balance sheet on the back of Help to Buy success.
- Mail on Sunday (Midas share tips): 30 years on from Black Monday market indices hit record highs and investors are encouraged to build a diversified portfolio.
- Mail on Sunday (Midas share tips): Velocity Composites expecting a turn around in its share performance with profits in 2018 predicted to reach £3.8 million.
- The Sunday Times: British cyclewear retailer WiggleCRC is racing towards a £100 million takeover of German rival Bike24.
- The Sunday Telegraph: An attempted boardroom coup at Johnston Press has been thwarted by a controversial “poison pill” defence that could hand control of the newspaper publisher to its lenders.
- The Sunday Times (Comment): Big asset managers can’t see Red.