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    • newThe Treasury should be wary of giving a bailout to Virgin Atlantic | Nils Pratley
      Airline’s owners need to dig deep into their own pockets before the state steps in to helpYou have to admire Sir Richard Branson’s tactics. A begging letter from an island-dwelling billionaire doesn’t gain sympathy. A co-ordinated lobbying camp…
      - 11 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 2:04pm -
    • The stock markets have rallied, so is peak panic over?
      In the past fortnight an optimism of sorts has returned but the rebound rests in part on some pretty heroic assumptionsAt the end of the first quarter of the year, stock market investors are counting their losses. The FTSE 100 index has fallen 25% si…
      - 1 day ago, 31 Mar 20, 2:17pm -
    • Grounded easyJet faces further turbulence with Stelios negotiations | Nils Pratley
      Founder is embroiled in a row with the airline as he demands it ditches an order for 107 Airbus aircraftGrounding its entire fleet of planes was the easy bit for easyJet. Now comes the tricky task of negotiating in public with Sir Stelios Haji-Ioanno…
      - 2 days ago, 30 Mar 20, 2:16pm -
    • UK's Covid-19 help should only go to financially sound businesses
      Debt-laden shopping centre landlord Intu seems to be hoping to get access to government support packageHere’s how the government’s £330bn loan package for British businesses could become very messy: if the state ends up supporting the likes of I…
      - 6 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 2:31pm -
    • Banks and business caught out by emergency measures
      The regulators have urged all action necessary to get coronavirus cash to firms, with a veiled a warning if lenders don’t hurry upGet a bloody move on. That was not, obviously, the wording of the exhortation to banks in Wednesday’s joint letter f…
      - 7 days ago, 25 Mar 20, 3:01pm -
    • The UK airline industry should first ask their own shareholders for bailouts
      Carriers such as IAG and easyJet have boasted of healthy cash balances – it’s the regional airports more worthy of Treasury helpRishi Sunak is right: airlines should ask their own shareholders for a bailout before they tap up the Treasury for pub…
      - 8 days ago, 24 Mar 20, 2:50pm -
    • Rail franchising has hit the buffers. The question is, what replaces it? | Nils Pratley
      Those who said it could only be replaced gradually were wrong. It was done over a weekendRail franchising is being suspended “for a limited period, initially six months,” said the Department for Transport. Are you sure? It seems more likely the w…
      - 9 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 1:50pm -
    • Ministers should move fast to protect incomes and employment
      UK looks a laggard as other nations plan to underwrite wage bills and provide basic incomesAnother day, another bazooka. The Bank of England’s cut in interest rates on Thursday to a record low of 0.1% was actually the minor display of armoury. Far…
      - 13 days ago, 19 Mar 20, 4:35pm -
    • Why there will be no coronavirus bonanza for investors
      If there’s anything left from the business rates freebie, it’s unlikely to find its way to shareholdersSee all our coronavirus coverageSainsbury’s shares rose 11%; Morrisons’ were 10% better. Even in the midst of crisis, investors think they…
      - 15 days ago, 18 Mar 20, 1:09pm -
    • Dixons kept getting the wrong numbers with Carphone
      Hundreds of store closures are brutal logic of sorting out the mess left by a disastrous retail mergerThe timing is appalling, of course. Closing 531 stores, with the loss of 2,900 jobs, in the middle of the coronavirus crisis makes Dixons Carphone l…
      - 16 days ago, 17 Mar 20, 12:54pm -
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