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Business groups have called on the government to push ahead with infrastructure projects and provide reassurance for EU workers living in the UK following the Brexit vote. The British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors, and EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, signed the letter saying ministers needed to show “clear leadership”.
Dominic Chappell: My BHS money was ‘drip in the ocean’
The former owner of failed High Street retailer BHS has described the £2.6m he took out of the company as a “drip in the ocean”. Dominic Chappell told BBC he apologised “sincerely and utterly” to the chain’s 11,000 staff. Mr Chappell bought BHS’s 163 stores from retail tycoon Sir Philip Green for £1 in March 2015. Mr Chappell confirmed that he had received £2.6m in payments during his ownership, but defended that income as fair. “I took a big risk going in,” he said.
Sainsbury’s axes its Netto discount chain
Sainsbury is set to close all 16 of its Netto discount stores and take a £30m hit on the failed project. The first Netto was opened in 2014 with the aim to challenge German rivals Lidl and Aldi. The stores, all based in England, will close in August, up to 300 jobs are at risk.
Builders down tools until Brexit storm passes
Activity in Britain’s construction sector collapsed to its lowest level in seven years, largely as companies awaited the result of the vote before investing in new projects. Economists described the slowdown as a “warning flag” for growth and a signal of a potential investment freeze as business delays plans until there is some clarity on Britain’s future. The purchasing managers’ index survey for June, plunged to 46 from 51.2 in May – any reading below 50 indicates contraction.
Labelled the CNEV (China Electric Vehicle) Rover, this model resembles the British marque that inspired it. Made and sold by several companies, it highlights Chinese creativity; the fake Land rover is said to be “energy-saving, environmentally friendly and easy to operate”.
Weaker pound to cushion the shock of Brexit, predicts S&P
Britain will cope without a full-blown recession over the next two years as a weaker pound cushions the Brexit shock and panic subsides, Standard & Poor’s has predicted. The UK economy should muddle through with growth of 1.5pc this year, 0.9pc in 2017, and 1pc in 2018. The benign outcome assumes that the Bank of England will cut interest rates to zero and relaunch quantitative easing, buying £100bn of bonds in each of the next two years.
LSE investors 99.9pc in favour of Deutsche
The London Stock exchange has won support from its investors to proceed with its £20bn merger with Deutsche Boerse. A 99.89pc of voting shareholders supported the deal. The two companies expect to save €450m from their combined costs base, by cutting 1,250 jobs and closing overlapping back office functions. They also believe they can make an extra €250m in revenues per year within five years of completing the merger.
Tesla misses target
Tesla, American electric car maker, delivered 14,370 vehicles during the second quarter missing its target of 17,000. Tesla has been struggling with production issues as it tries to increase volumes to cope with demand. Last week Tesla was hit by the first death by a driver using the autopilot mode.
Petrol prices are more than 10p a litre higher than in march. Unleaded cost an average of 112.17p in late June up from 101.91p at the start of March, says today’s RAC Fuel Watch report. Diesel has gone up to 112.39p from 101.56p over the same period. Rising oil prices and a weaker Pound are behind the rise. Simon Williams the RAC’s fuel spokesman, said prices might go up again this month, but not as much as in June.