Tuesday newspaper round-up: UK business investment, Drax, Tasty, Rolls-Royce

By Michele Maatouk
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Business investment in the UK fell to the lowest rate in the G7 group of wealthy nations despite corporation tax cuts, the government has been warned, as ministers prepare £30bn of giveaways targeted at companies and higher-income workers. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said a “race to the bottom” on the headline tax rate on company profits had failed to boost investment and economic growth in Britain over the past 15 years. – Guardian
MPs have warned consumers may end up paying higher bills if the government rushes into providing further state support for power station owner Drax. As part of Liz Truss’s £150bn energy bills freeze, renewable and nuclear power generators are being asked to supply electricity below current market rates. – Guardian

Europe’s economies face a permanent blow from higher energy costs as the Continent weans itself off cheap Russian energy, Barclays’ chief economist for the region has warned. Silvia Ardagna at the bank said the bloc’s push for “independence from Russian gas” will pull down growth, push up inflation and drag down the euro. – Telegraph

A quirk of market abuse regulations forced a quoted restaurant group to issue its half-year results yesterday, even though it was a bank holiday to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. Tasty, operator of the Wildwood and DimT chains, had intended to issue its interims at 7am today, but was told by Cenkos, its broker, that it had to push the button 24 hours earlier. – The Times

Rolls-Royce is at the centre of a multimillion-pound battle over the alleged stealing of business secrets from a technology company that provided the luxury carmaker with software enabling its clientele to customise their £250,000 cars virtually. The action brought by Topalsson, a software engineer, goes to the High Court in London next month in a claim and counterclaim by the Goodwood-based Rolls-Royce Motor Cars over breach of contract in the provision of the so-called configurator technology. – The Times

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