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The Financial Times


Protests as judges open Brexit hearing protests
Pro-Brexit demonstrators protest outside the Supreme Court in Westminster yesterday on  the first day of an appeal by the government against a High Court ruling that the state cannot trigger divorce proceedings with the EU without a vote in parliament. Attorney-general Jeremy Wright QC told the government’s prerogative powers, which it intends to use to invoke the EU’s Article 50 exit clause, are a “contemporary necessity” and not just an “ancient relic”. Lord Neuberger, Supreme Court president, said none of the parties in the case had asked any of the 11 justices to stand down following media attacks on their impartiality.


Fox starts WTO membership talks fox wto
International trade secretary Liam Fox has opened discussions with the World Trade Organisation over membership terms after Britain’s planned exit from the EU, setting up two years of intense talks.


Monte dei Paschi warned that state bailout looms after defeat for Renzi

  • Pribate options run out for key Italian bank
  • Doubts over crucial €1bn Qatari injection

 Bankers are running out of private sector solutions for Monte dei Paschi di Siena and have told the Italian leader to prepare for a state bailout this weekend after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was felled by a referendum defeat.


Hammond and Davis promise City chiefs a ‘smooth and orderly’ EU exit hammond and davis
Philip Hammond, the Chancellor and David Davis, the Brexit minister, have promised financial services cheifs a “smooth and orderly transition” when Britain leaves the EU, as pressure rises for an interim deal to ease the exit.

Mark Carney, Bank of England governor, repeated his view it was “absolutely desirable” for financial services groups to be given time to adjust and “resturcture after the deal is agreed with the EU”.


New Zealand PM quits and then back deputy
John Key has resigned as New Zealand’s prime minister, saying it felt like “the right time to go” and that he wanted to leave on his own terms ahead of next year’s general election.


Companies & Markets


VW unveils electric on-demand shuttle service
Volkswagen will launch electric shuttle services in European cities from next year in an attempt to become a leader in on-demand transport. In London yesterday the carmaker unveiled the Moi brand,wvw electrichich will sit alongside other marques within the group such as Audi, Porsche and Skoda. With a budget in the hundreds of millions of euros, the brand will launch pilot schemes in two German cities next year with plans to expand across Europe and, in time, to the US, China and the rest of the world.


BMW eyes higher fleet sales as it brushes aside tech threat
BMW has mounted a strident defence of its prospects in the face of “dangerous” new rivals offering self-driving, shared and electric cars, as Apple confirmed plans to develop autonomous driver technology.

BMW posted its best ever earnings this year, selling cars at a record rate across its BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands. But its shares are down a fifth, partly on concerns that traditional carmakers will have to increase investments to compete with technology groups that are changing how people travel.


MasterCard and Visa to lose China market share mastercard, visa
The world’s largest bank card companies are set to lose a share of China’s $8tn payment card market as they scramble to build their own clearing businesses. China’s banks have halted all orders for co-branded credit cards bearing the logos of foreign card issuers such as Visa and MasterCard, according to Goldpac Group, a Hong Kong-listed company that manufacturers about 30 per cent of credit cards for Chinese markets. The move followed a notice from the People’s Bank of China that told banks not to renew the cards, Goldpac confirmed.


The Times


Britain set to be fastest growing economy in G7 uk economy

 Bank of England governor cautions that ‘lost decade’ of low wage growth could harm society. Britain should finish the year as the fastest growing economy of seven leading nations, one of the most closely watched indicators suggests. The country’s dominant service sector has experienced its best month since January, the survey of businesses showed, defying dears of a slump in growth after the Brexit vote.


Tory Brexit Revolt
Theresa May is facing a revolt by up to 40 of her MPs over Brexit. They are considering backing a Labour motion for the government to publish its negotiating stratgey.


Oil fuels soraing Dow
Rising oil prices and optimism about Donald Trump’s plans for the American economy helped push the Dow Jones industrial average to a new intraday high.


I don’t want to be your laughing matter, Johnson tells May

Theresa May and Boris Johnson have held a discussion about whether the foreign secretary should continue to bear the brunt of ministers’ jokes.


Amazon’s first supermarket: grab your shopping and walk straight out amazon go

Amazon has unveiled its first bricks and mortar grocery shop, which does away with tils and queues and lets shoppers grab what they want and stroll out. Shoppers will be billed using an array of cameras and sensors tracking their every move. As with the company’s one-click ordering, customers’ Amazon accounts will be charged automatically without having to go through payment process.


Lack of sleep makes drivers as dangerous as drunks
Drivers who lose one of tro hours of sleep the night before taking to the road face double the normal risk of crashing their cars.


Online is the big winner of Black Friday’s shopping rush
It may have been introduced to Britain to give the high street the sort of trading boost enjoyed by America’s shopping malls over Thanksgiving, but it was online retailers that enjoyed the biggest boost from Black Friday.


Green means go as car sales get a battery-powered boost new cars for sale
Motorists appear to have shrugged off fears of an economic slowdown, with the latest figures showing that new car sales are continuing to grow.


The Daily Mail


Car seats are recalled over crash fears for children
A safety recall has been issued for children’s car seats because there is a risk the plastic shell could crack and fail in a crash… The Mamas & Papas seats affected are the Nembus, Aureus, Group 123 and the Altair.


Posted by Paul Carpenter on 06/12/2016