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The Financial Times


CBI calls for softer regulations as Europe tries to woo City’s banks brexit logo 2
The head of the CBI has urged the government to allow the banking industry “off the naughty step” if the City of London is to fend off post-Brexit challenges  to its position as Europe’s leading financial centre.


Pay-for-perks agreements face shakeup

Experts have warned that employers tax bills could rise after ministers launched a consultation paper on salary sacrifice deal with employers covering cars, healthcare, phones and computers.


Post-Brexit partnership plan mooted to keep market access
Britain should continue paying into the EU budget as part of a post-Brexit deal that would allow it to maintain access to key areas of the single market, according to a paper prepared by a group of five senior policy makers and scholars.


The group, which includes Norbert Rottgen, the chairman of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, and Jean Pisani-Ferry, who heads a think-tank reporting to the French prime ministers, advocated a grand bargain in which Britain would join EU countries in a new, looser, organisation known as the Continental Partnership.


Companies & Markets


Statoil makes oil profitable at less than $25 a barrel after taking axe to costs statoil
Statoil has made oil in Norway’s North Sea profitable at less than $25 a barrel after slashing costs and lifting production forecasts as a flagship project, in a move that will be watched by an industry scrambling to adopt to new lower prices.


The Times


Booming bars and restaurants banish the Brexit blues

Britain is eating and drinking its way out of any gloom over Brexit, with households more confident about their financial prospects than at any time on record, economic surveys have found. Fears of a slowdown in spending after the EU referendum were further confounded today when a report from the CBI showed that Britain’s powerhouse services industry, which accounts for 80 per cent of the economy, had expanded over the past three months. The survey indicated that restaurants, bars and hotels led the growth.


Jobless rate for young adults hits 25% in deprived regions

Economists warn that youth unemployment could become worse in the aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Despite the overall unemployment rate failing to an 11-year low in the three months to June, a report by EY has revealed that many young people are struggling to find work. Bradford, Middlesbrough, Swansea and Wolverhampton, all have an unemployment rate of more than 25 per cent for those aged between 18-24.


The Guardian


Labour urges May to drop ‘shoddy’ plans to change UK electoral map
Labour has urged Theresa May to drop plans for a radical redrawing of the electoral map, after an analysis published by the Guardian showed that the boundary changes could cost the party up to 30 seats at the 2020 general election.



The Daily Telegraph


SUV demand heralds new era for Jaguar Land Rover jag f pace suv
Jaguar’s new F-Pace SUV has become the fastest-selling car in the company’s 94 year history, fuelling expectations that parent company JLR may finally be able to break nearly a decade over-reliance on sales of Land Rover cars. 30,000 models of the marque’s first ever SUV have been sold globally since it hit British roads in mid-April before going on to be sold overseas. JLR is having to secure additional cars to satisfy customer demand, raising the prospect of a new production line having to be built at its Solihull factory if interest continues at the current pace.


The Guardian


UK builds 1m cars in first seven months of year for first time since 2004 car manufacturing

Car production increases by 7.6% in July to 126,566, taking total since the start of 2016 past 1 million mark, SMMT figures show

More than 1m cars were built in the UK in the first seven months of this year, the biggest number for more than a decade. Car production rose by 7.6% to 126,566 units last month, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Society. So far in 2016, output is up by 12.3% to 1,023,723. This is the first time since 2004 that the 1m milestone has been reached in July and comes despite the Brexit vote in June.

Production for the UK market increased by 14.1% last month, while exports rose by 6%. Almost 80% of cars manufactured this year, more than 750,000, were destined for overseas markets. The EU is the biggest export market for cars made in the UK.

Posted by Paul Carpenter on 30/08/2016