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Tuesday Newspaper Round UpBack

The Financial Times

ecbECB officials met bankers before big policy moves
Some of the European Central Bank’s top decision makers met bankers and asset managers days before significant policy decisions, and on one occasions, just hours before, copies of their diaries revealed.

 

US fumes: EPA alleges VW cheated on prestige Porsche and Audi models
US regulators turned up the heat on Volkswagen yesterday, charging that the German carmaker had also installed test-cheating software in the latest models of its prestige brands Porsche and Audi. The US Environmental Protection Agency said that VW has installed software to cheat emissions tests in at least 10,000 more diesel vehicles that previously admitted, in news that threatens to exacerbate the corporate crisis engulfing the carmaker.

 

London ‘living wage’ rises to £9.40
The voluntary London “living wage” has risen 25p to £9.40 an hour, well above the new minimum pay rate announced by George Osborne, the chancellor of £7.20 an hour next April.

 

Corbyn turns down offer to address CBI conference
Jeremy Corbyn has declined an invitation to speak at the CBI’s annual conference next week, John Cridland, the business lobby’s outgoing chief, has told the Financial Times. He said the Labour leader has said he was unavailable to attend, a snub to the CBI’s effort to build bridges with the opposition leadership. Nobody from Labour is expected at the conference.

 

Osborne to set out proposals for EU settlement
George Osborne, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, will today set out for the first time the UK’s demands for EU treaty change to protect its economy, taxpayers and the City of London in a two-speed Europe… In exchange for these protections Mr Osborn will signal that Britain will not stand in the way if the 19-mmeber eurozone decides to press ahead with closer integration.

 

CBI chief rues loss of public trust in business
Departing CBI director-general John Cridland believes it will take 20 years to restore the public’s trust in business, which was so badly damages by the financial crisis. “The longest-term damage that the crisis did to business was [that] it’s made many stakeholders more sceptical about business’s credentials”, he says. “If you have a scandal like VW’s where the consumer feels let down, it makes it harder to for me, or Carolyn [Fairbairn] as my successor, to make our case.”

 

Companies & Markets

Visa agrees to buy its former Europe unit
US group’s €21bn deal with banks will strengthen hand against MasterCard. Visa has agreed to acquire its former European subsidiary for up to €21.2bn in a deal that will generate major windfalls for some of the continent’s largest banks.

The Times

Sack peers who don’t turn up, say Lords reform campaigners
More than 200 members of the House of Lords should lose their seats with internal elections to determine who stays, under a blueprint for reform of the second chamber. The Campaign for an Effective Second Chamber, a cross-party group of peers and MPs who claim to have the support of 200 leading figures from all parties, is pulling together ideas for reform.

The Guardian

Manufacturing surprises with fastest growth for 16 months
British manufacturers enjoyed a surprise recovery last month, according to a survey that will raise hopes that the sector is finally shrugging off its recession. Manufacturers notched up the fastest growth in production for 16 months, according to the latest Markit/Cips UK manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PM)

 

The Daily Telegraph

Business

HSBC pushes back HQ decision
Giant British bank HSBC needs more time to decide whether it wants to remain based in London, or to move its headquarters abroad, its chairman has said. “While we set a target for completion by the end of 2015, this is a self-imposed deadline that we will move if the board requires further work to be performed,” said Douglas Flint.

 

Quindell to return £415m to investors
The company embroiled in one of the biggest scandals on the junior Aim market in recent years is pushing ahead with plans to return to cash investors. Insurance outsourcer Quindell, which is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, said it will give £415m – or 90p a share, back to investors pending court approval next month. The company sold the bulk of its operations to Australian law firm Slater & Gordon for £637m earlier this year.

 

Posted by Lois Hardy on 03/11/2015