BAE Systems shares fall over Germany’s ban on arms exports to Saudis | Business – Business Article

Defence company BAE Systems’ share price fell sharply on Thursday after it warned that a German ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia, imposed after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, could scupper a multibillion-pound deal to sell Typhoon fighter jets. Alongside its annual results on Thursday, BAE Systems stressed that its business is “reliant on the approval of export licences by a number of governments in order to continue supplies to Saudi Arabia”. The Gulf state accounted for around…

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Porsche asks UK buyers to commit to 10% no-deal Brexit surcharge | Business – Business Article

Porsche is asking British customers to sign a contract committing them to pay a surcharge of up to 10% of their vehicles’ purchase price if there is a no-deal Brexit. Cars made in Europe could attract tariffs of 10% if imported to the UK under the terms of the World Trade Organization, the default trading relationship if the UK and the EU are unable to agree a transition period before 29 March. The car industry is particularly exposed to the…

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Germany narrowly avoids recession after stagnating in last quarter – business live | Business – Business Article

2.44am EST 02:44 Why has Germany’s economy slowed? Germany used to be the powerhouse of the eurozone economy, but a cocktail of blows from home and abroad have left it nursing a bad hangover. 1) The global slowdown. The world economy has come off the boil in recent months, partly due to Donald Trump’s trade war. That means less investment, so lower demand for machinery produced by Germany’s industrial heartland. China, in particular, has been cutting back on imports as…

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Interserve needs a good plan B, given the rebellion to its current plan | Nils Pratley | Business – Business Article

The board of Interserve, the large but ailing government contractor, knew it would struggle to persuade shareholders to vote for their own demise, which is an almost-accurate description of the proposed £480m debt-for-equity rescue in which the banks would take control and current investors would be diluted to just 2.5% ownership. Sure enough, the rebellion is on. The New York-based hedge fund Coltrane was first out of the traps last week, declaring it wants to vote out Interserve’s entire board…

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German recession fears grow as factory orders tumble – business live | Business – Business Article

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. Concerns over the health of the German economy are mounting this morning, after Europe’s largest economy suffered another big fall in manufacturing orders. Germany factory orders plunged by 1.6% in December, new figures released this morning show, due to weak demand from overseas. That’s much worse than the 0.3% rise which economists had expected, and follows a 0.2% decline in November.…

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