(Bloomberg) -- Here’s the key business news from London-listed companies this morning.
The UK government is backtracking on plans to scrap a 45% rate of income tax for the country’s highest earners. Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng announced the decision in a tweet early Monday, saying “we get it, and we have listened.”
Southern Water Ltd and Thames Water Utilities Ltd: The water providers will have to return almost £80m to their customers due to missed targets, regulator Ofwat says.
- Decision will impact customer bills in 2023-24
Prosus NV: The company has decided to cancel a $4.7 billion deal to buy Indian payments firm BillDesk after conditions on the deal weren’t met, Prosus said in a statement on Monday.
- The deal had received approval by the Competition Commission of India in September, though “certain conditions precedent” weren’t met by the deadline at the end of last month
Essentra Plc: The plastic supplier sells Essentra Filter Holdings Limited to Centaury Management Limited’s Frank Acquisition Four Limited for an enterprise value of around £262.1m.
- Essentra’s CEO Paul Forman has decided to retire at the end of the current financial year
- Scott Fawcett is set to replace Forman in Jan. 2023
Outside the City
The pound received a temporary boost from Kwarteng’s u-turn in policy before giving up a chunk of its gains. Government bond yields fell for a second-straight day.
A petition calling for an immediate UK general election is rapidly gaining support, racking up about 4,000 new signatories every hour. “A change in the leader of the governing party does not trigger a general election,” the government said in a Sept. 20 response to the petition.
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Sandwich chain Greggs Plc is due to update the market tomorrow.
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