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What the Papers SayBack

The Financial Times

Fidelity motors ahead with ‘unloved’ car retailers

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Car retailers are being targeted by Fidelity’s Alex Wright, the fund group’s value specialist, who says it is one of the most unloved sectors of the UK stock market.

He runs the group’s £2.8bn Special Situations fund, which he inherited in January last year from Sanjeev Shah, the apprentice of Anthony Bolton, the retired high-profile investor.

Mr Wright said he had holdings in four companies that sell both new and used cars: Pendragon, Lookers, Marshall Motor Group and the newly purchased Vertu.

New-car sales are buoyant in the UK, with 164,856 units sold since January. This is a 6.6 per cent rise from January last year, according to the National Franchised Dealers Association.

But the manager said there were various other reasons for his interest in car sellers. Second-hand sales were “growing strongly” and after-sales care was more profitable than selling new cars, he said.

(14/06/2015)

European oil companies strengthen Russian links despite EU sanctions

Europe’s biggest oil groups are extending business deals with their Russian energy partners despite this month’s EU vote to continue imposing sanctions, highlighting how western companies are learning to live with the restrictions placed on Moscow.

Union leader throws down gauntlet over ‘vicious’ strike laws

Unison boss warns of battle on a wider front against plans to curb public sector action

EU countries sign up to online protection rules

All 28 EU nations are today set to sign up to online privacy rules intended to protect consumers, despite fears from some internet companies that the regulations will stifle commerce in Europe.

The Times

New law will define apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are to be defined in law to stop employers from using the term for short or sub-standard training programmes.

Business

Company pensions bill surpasses GDP

The bill for private pensions is now greater than Britain’s entire annual output, according to a report.

The future cost of paying pensions promised to 11 million people in defined benefit schemes has rocketed in the space of a year from £1.7 trillion to £2.1 trillion, compared with a national annual output of £1.8 trillion.

The Daily Telegraph

Business

Wages grow at fastest rate since 2007

Official figures published later this week are likely to show that real wages have grown by their fastest rate since October 2007.

 

The Daily Mail

Business tax ‘could close 80,000 shops in two years’

More than 80,000 shops could soon close without a drastic overhaul of business rates, ministers were warned yesterday.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said the popularity of online shopping coupled with a growing tax burden means almost two out of three town centre shops could shut by 2017- resulting in the loss of 800,000 jobs.

Upsurge in tax dodge tip-offs

Payments made by HMRC to informants raising the alarm on suspected tax dodgers have hit a record high

 

Posted by Lois Hardy on 15/06/2015