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Financial Times

New York’s yellow cabs woo defectors back to Uber ranks – New York City is shaking up its rules and converting hundreds of used cars into its distinctive yellow taxis in an attempt to lure back drivers who have defected to ride-sharing service Uber. The city has suffered a chronic shortage of official cab drivers since Uber took to New York’s streets three years ago, with many tempted by offers of fares worth up to $5,000 a month.

Insurers warned to use big data responsibly – The insurance industry risks sparking a regulatory crackdown unless it takes “great care” to ensure its use of personal data does not leave some people without affordable cover, the head of Britain’s trade body has warned. Paul Evans, chairman of the Association of British Insurers, said the sector was locked in a data-gathering arms race, with companies seeking ever more information to help predict whether individual policyholders were likely to put in claims.

Junior market’s oil groups face slippery times – When Leyshon Energy made its debut on London’s junior market in January last year, it looked like a sure bet for energy investors. Armed with $35m of cash reserves and a stake in a gas project in southern China, the newly listed company offered shareholders a way to tap the huge energy potential of one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

 

The Times

Oil price storm casts dark shadow over future of North Sea Industry – The bar is empty but for four oil men ordering a round. The Albyn is a favourite haunt among industry bosses, conveniently placed at the foot of a row of grand columned granite offices boasting who’s who of the UK’s energy and financial services sector. The spotlight beamed on to the offices at night project the prosperity of a city that has grown rich on oil since the 1970. Inside the bar, all dark leather sofas, low lighting and fires, the chat among the four is what is unfolding in the North Sea.

 

 

Daily Telegraph

UK nets £30bn as borrowing costs fall – Plummeting borrowing costs will cut the UK debt interest billy by more than £30bn by 2019, giving the Chancellor, George Osborne, more scope for a pre-election giveaways to to relax a massive squeeze on the state. A dramatic fall in gilt yields since the Autumn Statement suggests interest payments on Britain’s debt pile will be £13bn lower by 2018019 compared with the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR’s) forecast just two months ago, according to calculations for The Daily Telegraph.

BP and BG to cut spending by £13.9bn as profits sink – FTSE 2100-listed oil and gas giants BP and BG Group are set to announce a $21bn (13.9bn) reduction in capital spending plans and swingeing job cuts in order to protect dividend payments as the tumbling oil price see their profits more than halve.

Aston Martin stirred and shaken by ‘copycat’ car – They dreamed of creating a sports car that was a throwback to the world-beating traditions of classic British motor engineering. The design and development brains of Envisage Group, based in Coventry, were rightly proud of the bespoke luxury models they crafted for the super-rich. One of their stand-out creations was the Speedback GT, which came with a price tag of £500,000. However, the4 firm’s dreams of controlling a niche corner of the luxury market has been dented after Aston Martin Lagonda took exception to its would-be rival.

 

Daily Mail

Self-filling cars that never run out of fuel – Volvo is developing a range of ‘self-filling’ cars that would never need to visit a petrol station. When the tank is close to empty, the car would send a message via smartphone to a mobile fuel supplier to come and top it up. The supplier would have a secure one-off code to open up the fuel cap, freeing the owner to park the vehicle and be elsewhere. Volvo never officially talks about innovations and simply said ‘maybe’ when asked about he fuel idea.

Bidder eyes Auto Trader – The US private equity firm that made £475m flipping Formula 1 weeks after buying it in 2000 is eyeing a £2bn bid for Auto Trader Group, the used car marketplace. Sand Francisco based Hellman & Friedman is believed to be running the slide rule over the firm which its owner, private equity house Apax, was thought to be keen to float.

 

Posted by Lois Hardy on 02/02/2015