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British Business - August 4

Aug 4 (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 - Lloyd's of London has stepped up plans to open itself up to outside capital with a new platform that offers easier access to pension funds and other institutional investors.
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Carmakers start to see weaker demand amid inflation squeeze

By Victoria Waldersee BERLIN, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Carmakers are reporting lower demand in Europe and North America amid what analysts say is growing evidence that consumers are balking at higher prices and keeping their cash for necessities. Although some upmarket brands like Ferrari RACE.MI and Mercedes MBGn.DE have raised sales forecasts due to continued high demand for top end models, the outlook for the bulk of the industry is bleaker.
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German firms weigh options to save gas, warn may need to cut output

* Germany's export industries brace for further gas cuts * Chemical industry can save 2%-3% of gas by fuel switch * Engineering firms could cope with 20%-40% less gas in short term * Further savings will mean lower production, companies warn * Gas-auctioning government platform to go online in October By Victoria Waldersee and Riham Alkousaa BERLIN, July 26 (Reuters) - German firms are attempting to reduce gas use in response to a government plea to spare reserves, but savings may be limited wit
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American startup EnergyX out of Bolivian lithium race

By Marcelo Rochabrun June 8 (Reuters) - American startup EnergyX and Argentine energy firm Tecpetrol have been disqualified from a race to mine Bolivian lithium, the government said, as the country aims to tap its vast resources in partnership with one or more foreign companies. Bolivia has the world's largest lithium resources but it has struggled for decades to mine them commercially, amping up its efforts last year amid a surge in demand for batteries for electric vehicles.
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EU lawmakers back ban on new fossil-fuel cars from 2035

(Updates throughout) By Kate Abnett BRUSSELS, June 8 (Reuters) - European Parliament lawmakers on Wednesday voted to support an effective EU ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, rejecting attempts to weaken the proposal to speed Europe's shift to electric vehicles. The vote upholds a key pillar of the European Union's plans to cut net planet-warming emissions 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels - a target that requires faster emissions reductions from industry, energy and transport
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