Wednesday. 25 November 2015

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Video: Exaro debate
Newly-appointed Sun editor Tony Gallagher made a clarion call for investigative journalism while speaking at the inaugural Exaro debate in Fleet Street.

Car makers accused of ‘obstructive’ lobbying over emissions

Car makers furthest away from meeting emissions rules due to be in force in 2020 have been lobbying the hardest against tighter regulations. That is the conclusion of a new report by InfluenceMap, which tracks lobbying over policy on climate change.

Company failures fall strongly across UK – especially in London

London and Wales showed large falls in company failures as insolvencies across the UK dropped year on year for the third quarter in a row. The Exaro Insolvency Index reveals a continuing deceleration in the number of insolvencies this year, down on 2014 by 11.5 per cent across the UK. Insolvencies also fell five per cent in the third quarter compared to the second.

Geoff Hoon faces further corruption challenge at Westland

Former defence secretary Geoff Hoon faces fresh pressure as Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has been plunged into a spate of corruption claims. Hoon, managing director for AgustaWestland’s international business, will be responsible for helping the company to defend itself from several criminal investigations abroad. He had helped to promote AgustaWestland’s business in two countries where investigations are under way.

Rate of company collapses continues to fall across UK economy

This year’s falling rate of company failures is gathering pace as even the manufacturing sector sees a turnaround in insolvency levels. New figures from the Exaro Insolvency Index show how company failures fell faster in the second quarter of the year than in the first. The construction sector saw a strong year-on-year decrease, and Scotland had a turnaround from the previous quarter.

Scotland feels insolvency pain – despite UK’s ‘austerity gain’

Scotland suffered a sharp year-on-year rise in insolvencies while the UK as a whole saw a slight fall. With Scotland set to be the key battleground in next Thursday’s general election, the latest data from the Exaro Insolvency Index highlights how its economy is faring relatively badly under the UK’s “austerity” strategy. Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon (pictured), is staunchly opposing “austerity”. 

Rebekah Brooks set to make spectacular return – to The Sun

Rebekah Brooks is set to return to The Sun following her acquittal last year of all charges related to the “phone-hacking” scandal. The former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper division in the UK – and ex-editor of The Sun – is being lined up to take charge of the paper’s digital operation and its video offering, according to well-placed sources at the red-top tabloid. Updated 2 September 2015

Company failures rise by one third as growth in UK loses steam

Companies in the UK have suffered a rise of a third in insolvencies as growth in the economy loses steam. New figures show a sharp increase in the number of companies that filed for insolvency in December compared with the same month the previous year. The data from the Exaro Insolvency Index comes as growth sagged in the final quarter of 2014.

Retailers enjoy pre-Christmas fall in number of company crashes

Retailers have enjoyed a pre-Christmas boost with a year-on-year fall of more than a fifth in the number of them filing for insolvency. There were 108 retail companies that filed one or more insolvency notices in November, 22.8 per cent down on the same month last year. It comes against a backdrop of a slight increase in insolvencies for the overall economy.

Retail sector avoids the failure rate of the rest of the economy

Wholesale and retail companies overall saw an annual fall of around a third in the number of insolvencies, according to analysis by Exaro. The Exaro Insolvency Index shows a fall in October on the same month last year, as well as the latest quarter compared to 2013. The positive figures for the sector are set against a rising level of insolvencies across the economy.

Consumer gloom hits hotels, pubs and restaurants really hard

Hotels and restaurants suffered a sharp rise in company failures as the latest insolvency figures bring further gloom for the UK economy. The sector, including bars and clubs, is under acute pressure as consumers curb spending. The number of companies in insolvency in the sector is rising at a far higher rate than for the overall economy, according to Exaro data.


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