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In the papers: Russia at risk of Soviet-style collapse

In the papers: Russia at risk of Soviet-style collapse

The Daily Telegraph

Russia risks Soviet-style collapse as rouble defence fails: Russia has lost control of its economy and may be forced to impose Soviet-style exchange controls after “shock and awe” action by the central bank failed to stem the collapse of the rouble.

Apple shuts Russian online store after rouble plunges: Apple has halted online sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs in Russia as the rouble’s plunge made it difficult for sellers of imported goods to fix local prices.

Apple wins US$1bn iPod trial: A jury has ruled that Apple did not breach competition laws when it blocked songs from rival music stores from playing on its iPods.

RBS raises £2bn to pass Bank of England stress test: The Royal Bank of Scotland has been forced to go to investors for £2bn to placate the Bank of England, it emerged on Tuesday, as the regulator said the taxpayer-owned bank was one of three major lenders at risk in a financial crisis.

Dutch focus on Facebook after Google crackdown: The Dutch government-affiliated watchdog is probing changes in Facebook’s privacy policy, the latest skirmish in a wider fight over the commercial use of online personal data.

Camden Market IPO supported by City investors: Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi will toast his third London listing of the year after the float of Camden market was successfully placed with City investors.

Debenhams, New Look and House of Fraser to be Christmas winners: Debenhams, New Look and House of Fraser will emerge as the winners on the high street from the vital Christmas period according to a new report.

AA reports drop in member numbers as it targets big spenders: Breakdown recovery company AA’s shares slipped into reverse after it revealed a drop in the number of personal members of the business which refers to itself as the “fourth emergency service”.

McDonald’s Japan rations French fries amid potato shortage: McDonald’s in Japan is having to ration French fries, despite having airlifted in more than 1,000 tons of potatoes, as eateries grApple with a crippling chip shortage.

The Times                      

Next time we’ll look at Asian risks, says Carney: HSBC and Standard Chartered could face much tougher capital hurdles from the Bank of England as regulators warned that Asian risks would be at the forefront of stress tests conducted on lenders next year.

Sales give breathing space to big lenders: Two of Britain’s largest banks have completed the sale of billions of pounds of loans as lenders come under pressure to continue bolstering their balance sheets amid a drive from regulators to improve their finances.

The Co-operative Bank fails Bank of England stress tests: Profits at Britain’s leading banks would collapse by £91 billion in the event of a new financial crisis, forcing the country’s largest lenders to slash shareholder payouts and implement swinging cost cuts, according to the Bank of England’s latest industry stress tests.

WPP to end search by placing Chairman alongside Sorrell: One of the world’s largest advertising and marketing services companies is expected to end its year-long search for a Chairman when it names Roberto Quarta to the WPP post.

Crude fall poses ‘same threat as house prices’: The collapsing price of oil may be sowing the seeds for a future financial crisis, the Bank of England has warned.

The Independent

Small but perfectly formed is nuclear answer: Small nuclear reactors have the potential to revolutionise Britain’s energy market, providing a clean, secure supply of electricity that will help the country to meet its targets to reduce carbon emissions, a parliamentary select committee will announce .

Morrisons slips into last place as Tesco manages to slows its sales decline: The troubled supermarket chain Tesco is starting to show early signs of a recovery, as the last set of retail data before the crucial Christmas period shows it has arrested the sharp fall in its sales.

DfT warned over purchase of £10.5 bn train carriages: An “inexperienced” Department for Transport has left the taxpayer with potentially huge liabilities after ordering 2,000 train carriages from Siemens and Hitachi, Parliament’s spending watchdog warns in a report to be released.

Early Christmas present for shoppers as inflation drops down to 1% for the first time since 2002: Shoppers have been given an early Christmas present after it was announced that falling oil prices and supermarket price wars have combined to push inflation to its lowest rate since September 2002.

The Guardian 

John Lewis expects last-minute Christmas sales surge: The Black Friday promotional extravaganza meant Christmas came in November for John Lewis but, despite slower sales in recent days, store Chiefs expect a bumper finish to December as shoppers get a second wind. sold for fraction of its 2005 price:, the travel site that became one of the best-known names of the dotcom era, has been sold for a fraction of the price it fetched almost a decade ago.

Daily Mail

Chip maker Imagination Technologies hit by losses as spend on R&D grows: Imagination Technologies plunged to a half year loss after it ramped up research and development spending to reduce its dependence on mobile phones.

Small investors who have lost money in Quindell to sue the company: Small investors who have lost money investing in Quindell are banding together to sue the company.

BT’s ambition to buy mobile giant EE could face crackdown by regulators: BT could face a series of crackdowns by regulators in its pursuit of becoming the Britain’s biggest telecoms provider.

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