British Business - April 27

April 27 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

The Times

Novacyt ALNOV.PA has been issued with a 134.6 million pound ($169.34 million) claim by the UK government over a protracted contract dispute, weakening its shares further. Link

Starling has raised 130.5 million pound ($164.18 million)from investors in a funding round that values the digital bank at more than 2.5 billion pound ($3.15 billion). Link

The Guardian

Budget fashion chain Primark will raise prices on its autumn and winter ranges as it is no longer able to offset cost increases with savings, its parent company Associated British Foods ABF.L said on Tuesday. Link

Britain's gradual emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic meant government borrowing more than halved in the latest financial year but remained the third highest on record, the latest official figures show. Link

The Telegraph

There is no evidence of a "sustained decline" in UK exports to the EU since the Brexit deal kicked in, a report published by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics has found. Link

Sky News

Walgreens Boots Alliance WBA.O has set a mid-May deadline for final bids for UK based Boots business as it battles an array of economic headwinds which threaten to depress its valuation. Link

A P&O ferry is facing fresh safety checks after a "mechanical issue" in the Irish Sea forced the deployment of three lifeboats as a precaution. Link ($1 = 0.7948 pounds) (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom)

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