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L&G steps up action against firms with few female board members 15 Apr 7:01pm L&G steps up action against firms with few female board members
Legal & General fund managers voted against more than 100 chairmen in 2018 The UK’s biggest fund management group voted against more than 100 chairmen last year, at firms including Barclays, Ted Baker and Sports Direct, for failing to boost the number of women in their boardrooms. Legal & General Investment Management, which manages more than £1tn in assets, more than doubled the number of protest votes cast in 2018 over a lack of gender diversity. A year earlier the asset manager only voted against 37 UK chairmen.
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Bank of England begins climate enforcement with a velvet glove | Larry Elliott 15 Apr 3:52pm Updated Bank of England begins climate enforcement with a velvet glove | Larry Elliott
Given that it has the clout to force companies to comply, this looks like a promising start We can already hear the distant thunder of climate change and must not wait for the storm to hit. The
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Longer working hours do not mean higher profits, say economists 15 Apr 2:30pm Longer working hours do not mean higher profits, say economists
Overwork can have business costs and is the main reason for workplace sickness in the UK
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US-China trade deal hopes grow 15 Apr 2:19pm US-China trade deal hopes grow
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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Goldman Sachs cuts bankers’ bonus pot by 20% as profits fall 15 Apr 2:05pm Goldman Sachs cuts bankers’ bonus pot by 20% as profits fall
Firm announces $798m reduction in amount set aside for benefits and salaries Goldman Sachs has slashed 20% from the cash it sets aside to pay bankers’ bonuses after reporting lower profits in the first three months of the year. The Wall Street firm said it was cutting its salaries and benefits pot by $798m (£609m) to $3.3bn, a move that will hit executives, senior managers and lower-level staff.
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Former head of Volkswagen could face 10 years in prison 15 Apr 1:49pm Former head of Volkswagen could face 10 years in prison
Martin Winterkorn and other executives charged with fraud over emissions test cheating The former boss of Volkswagen (VW) and four other executives face up to a decade in prison after being charged with fraud by German prosecutors over the carmaker’s systematic cheating in emissions tests on diesel vehicles. Martin Winterkorn
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Sports Direct sheds 300 jobs by shutting Wigan warehouse 15 Apr 1:09pm Sports Direct sheds 300 jobs by shutting Wigan warehouse
Union hits out at Mike Ashley’s ‘body blow’ to the region
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Accessorize and Monsoon to close stores to fix finances 15 Apr 12:11pm Accessorize and Monsoon to close stores to fix finances
‘Dozens’ of less profitable stores could be shut as chain starts insolvency procedure Fashion chain Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest high street retailer to deploy the
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Goldman Sachs profits fall 20%; US-China trade deal hopes grow – as it happened 15 Apr 12:09pm Goldman Sachs profits fall 20%; US-China trade deal hopes grow – as it happened
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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Accessorize and Monsoon to close stores in bid to mend finances 15 Apr 12:02pm Accessorize and Monsoon to close stores in bid to mend finances
‘Dozens’ of less profitable stores could be shut as fashion chain instigates insolvency procedure Fashion chain Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest high street retailer to deploy the
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ONS harnesses big data in effort to quickly spot economic trends 15 Apr 11:41am ONS harnesses big data in effort to quickly spot economic trends
Novel ways of monitoring the UK economy include counting the number of trucks on roads Government statisticians are trying to harness the power of big data technology, monitoring the number of lorries on roads and company VAT receipts, in an attempt to more rapidly spot changes taking place in the UK economy. The
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One in five UK post offices could close in next year, survey finds 15 Apr 11:39am One in five UK post offices could close in next year, survey finds
Biggest concerns for postmasters include falling incomes and higher costs
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Goldman Sachs profits fall 20%; US-China trade deal hopes grow – business live 15 Apr 10:42am Updated Goldman Sachs profits fall 20%; US-China trade deal hopes grow – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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Working 9 to 9: Chinese tech workers push back against long hours 15 Apr 10:20am Working 9 to 9: Chinese tech workers push back against long hours
Staff at Alibaba, Huawei and other well-known companies have shared evidence of unpaid compulsory overtime Chinese tech employees are pushing back against the industry’s notoriously long hours, known as the “996” schedule of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a week. Over the past few weeks, a project that began as a joke among tired Chinese developers has turned into a nationwide debate about work culture and a rare protest against practices at some of the country’s largest companies.
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No rogue landlords issued with banning orders in 12 months 15 Apr 9:46am No rogue landlords issued with banning orders in 12 months
Just four entries have been recorded on database in the year since its launch, FOI finds Not a single rogue landlord has been issued with one of the government’s new banning orders, a year after the key new power in the battle to root out the country’s worst rental property owners was launched. New laws which took effect in April 2018 mean that slum landlords handed one of the new bans by the courts are prevented from letting out housing across England. Their details must also be entered on to central government’s new rogue landlord database for local authorities to share.
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Goldman Sachs posts 20% fall in profits; US-China trade deal hopes grow – business live 15 Apr 8:29am Updated Goldman Sachs posts 20% fall in profits; US-China trade deal hopes grow – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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Markets in risk-on mood amid hopes of US-China trade deal – business live 15 Apr 7:11am Updated Markets in risk-on mood amid hopes of US-China trade deal – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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‘No-fault’ eviction of tenants must end. But beware unintended consequences | Simon Jenkins 15 Apr 6:43am ‘No-fault’ eviction of tenants must end. But beware unintended consequences | Simon Jenkins
The government is right to curtail landlords’ section 21 powers. But too much regulation could end up hurting the poorestTheresa May’s government can get some things right.
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E.ON no help as our building is without hot water for a month 15 Apr 2:00am E.ON no help as our building is without hot water for a month
Tens of people complained but we were constantly told the problem was being investigated
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Working nine to nine: Chinese tech employees push back against very long hours 15 Apr 1:39am Working nine to nine: Chinese tech employees push back against very long hours
Staff at Alibaba, Huawei and other well-known companies have shared evidence of unpaid compulsory overtime Chinese tech employees have pushed back against a wave of protest over the industry’s notoriously long hours, known as the “996” schedule of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a week. For months, former and current employees of some of the country’s most well-known companies had been posting evidence of unpaid, often compulsory or heavily encouraged overtime on the code-sharing platform Github.
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Amazon faces new headache as Nashville deal enrages locals left and right 15 Apr 1:00am Amazon faces new headache as Nashville deal enrages locals left and right
Unlikely alliance of free-market libertarians and union-backed activists argue $100m-plus in subsidies handed to retailer are a bad investment for the city Nashville has a way of bringing people together – usually through music. This time it’s through a shared antipathy for the $100m-plus in subsidies this booming city has just handed to Amazon, the world’s most valuable retailer. The ink has barely dried on a deal that the state of Tennessee and the city awarded Amazon and there are now only a few small hurdles remaining before Amazon starts moving in to a downtown office complex planned for Nashville Yards.
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Brexit: UK businesses at most gloomy since referendum – Deloitte 15 Apr 1:00am Brexit: UK businesses at most gloomy since referendum – Deloitte
Eight out of 10 finance leaders expect long-term environment to be worse British businesses are the most gloomy they have been about Brexit since
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Dividend income for holders of UK shares jumps to record £19.7bn 15 Apr 1:00am Dividend income for holders of UK shares jumps to record £19.7bn
Huge first-quarter rise driven by special payment from miner BHP Dividends paid to holders of UK shares jumped to a record high in the first three months of the year, putting investors on track for £100bn in payouts this year. The payments rose 15.7% to £19.7bn, easily a first-quarter record, according to data tracked by Link Asset Services.
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