Sunday 22 July 2007

Sunday Business Round up - 22 July - Sheikhs, Shakes and Interest

It is that time again, 10 of the best stories in the UK Sunday Business pages;

Qatari's to buy Sainsbury's - Easily the biggest story of the week. This is the way we will get all our oil money back, by letting the OPEC countries by our PLC's!

Insurance merger news - Secondly on the M&A front, a merger between Resolution and Friends Provident. What a story for Clive Cowdrey of Resolution.

Thameslink 2000 go-ahead?
- Read the detail though, i think we have heard this before, and now it is only half the scheme.

Credit market affects Man U - All the issues causing the credit crunch have affected the ability of Man U to re-finance. Diddums.

...and Private Equity fundraising - boots will be harder to grow with the higher debt payments.

...but they still want Landrover and Jaguar - PE co's really the only game in town to buy the brands.

Strikes at Royal Mail - Union man Hutton has changed his tone these days?!

Metronet analysis - Taxpayers to fund bill for Gordon vs Ken war.

Trade protectionism over cheap Bra's - the EU fails to live up to its free market mantra.

Story of the week - higher interest rates on the way, because the economy is growing too fast, money supply is out of control and even the Governor of the Bank of England is telling the Government the inflation CPI figure is wrong. Very poor macroeconomic handling at the moment; sadly distracted by Government spin about other things...


Anonymous said...

Whilst higher interest rates suit me the same cannot be said for most people in this country.

I get the feeling The Crunch is coming but cannot say when.

Also in unusual position of being surrounded by water but now unable to to do you know what!

Panic buying in Supermarkets in Glos for bottled water and Police called when things got heated!!"

Old BE said...

Rates need to go a lot higher. I am going to be stuffed!

Anonymous said...

Even a modest further rise could be disastrous in the next year for many people.

The chickens are finally coming home to roost for Brown and New Labour.

CityUnslicker said...

ken - good luck with all that sir. Sounds like youa re in for a rough few days. I was in Gloucs a couple of weeks ago for a Wedding and am very glad it ain't this week.

CityUnslicker said...

Ed - me too!

CityUnslicker said...

Shotgun - yes, I think all this being down on the Tories will turn round within the year as the economy gets into difficulty.

Anonymous said...

Mervyns latest comes about 5 years too late.
He'll be warning us about oil prices next year.
Well done Merv, keep taking the pills mate.

James Higham said...

Always interested in Private Equity fundraising. What a way to make a living.

Anonymous said...

On the interest rates thing I couldn't care less as I have no debts or mortgages and no money...would Sainsburys stop selling alcohol if the Qataris owned it?

CityUnslicker said...

Anon = He is somewhat hamstrung by the orders fom no10, which he hinted at this week.

CityUnslicker said...

JH - are the easy days over, or just becoming?

CityUnslicker said...

Mutley - Probably, maybe hte price of Niqabs would come down too??

Nick Drew said...

Speaking of Glos, I attended a wedding in Witney on Saturday

Reckon we were the last vehicle to leave on Saturday evening before it became an island, courtesy of Mr Audi and his excellent 4x4 design. I may post the short vid-clip of the fording exercise involved, shot left-hand-around-the-wicket by rear passenger. Bow-wave was higher then the bonnet, which made for a momentary skip of the old ticker.

(but it did mean we didn't need the David Cameron resuce mission to Witney seafarers this morning)

Old BE said...

CU - Mervyn didn't "hint" he was outrightly critical of Brown's inflation figures! Real interest rates are probably about zero, so they need to go up quite a bit more before anecdotal inflation starts to come down.

On a lighter note, the chocolate ration has been increased yet again and there are fresh supplies of razors available to Party members.

CityUnslicker said...

Ed - yes, quite right to point that out.

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