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Monday newspaper round-up: China growth, BT, Autumn Budget

Mon 19 October 2020 07:29 | A A A

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(Sharecast News) - The Chinese economy grew 4.9% between July and September, according to government data, as China becomes the first major economy to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The year-on-year expansion, while slightly lower than analyst expectations, represents a dramatic reversal from the first quarter of this year when the economy shrunk by 6.8%, China's first contraction since 1992 when officials began keeping quarterly GDP data. - Guardian

Virgin Media has warned of the damage that could be inflicted on the telecoms industry if BT strikes "deeply discounted" broadband deals with rivals. The company fears competing network builders could suffer if Openreach, BT's broadband builder, is allowed to offer long-term wholesale contracts on the cheap. The cable operator has pressed regulators to "monitor the behaviour" of Openreach as it renegotiates with customers while upgrading the nation to ultra-fast broadband. - Telegraph

Britain faces the threat of long-term high unemployment and permanent scarring of its economy if it fails to urgently act to help millions of workers retrain for the future, a leading business group warned today. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) claimed that coronavirus was accelerating changes to the world of work, fuelling the threat of long-term joblessness for British workers unless they are given new skills. - Telegraph

The finance chiefs of Britain's largest companies are pushing back the date for a return to business as usual. Over the last three months, chief financial officers of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies have slashed their expectations for a full recovery in business demand before next summer, a closely watched survey by Deloitte published today shows. - The Times

The chancellor needs to present a budget this autumn to help businesses and workers to see through the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, a former Treasury adviser has said. Chris Sanger, head of tax policy at EY, said that a budget is not merely "pomp and ceremony" but provides much-needed clarity and direction. In 2016, the government moved to delivering one budget each autumn to "promote certainty and stability". - The Times

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