March 11 (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

– HSBC has yielded to pressure from environmental campaigners and agreed to set itself firm deadlines to phase out future funding for the vast bulk of the coal industry.

– Adidas is to invest 1 billion euros ($1.19 billion) in its digital transformation as it sets out to double its online sales by 2025 as part of its latest five-year plan and reinstates its dividend.

The Guardian

– A total of 34 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been exported from the EU despite shortages for people living in the bloc, including 9 million sent to the UK and 1 million to the US, which has a ban on sales abroad.

– Borrowers in UK are being given the chance to lock their mortgage repayments at the same level for up to 40 years with the launch of the longest fixed-rate deal on the market.

The Telegraph

– Facebook has filed its first legal response to monopoly lawsuits brought by US regulators, denying that it engaged in anti-competitive behaviour and calling the cases “misguided”.

– The BBC may begin charging overseas audiences for access to news, as it seeks ways to make money in the face of waning support for the licence fee.

Sky News

– Gett, the transport service that wants to become one of the world’s leading “mobility solutions” providers, is exploring a merger with a blank-cheque company that would entail its public market debut.

– British clothing retailer Next has agreed to buy a 25{98cae0078f524eff3ab8ec32cf55b261677ef6c8a6ed6e94d92a4234b93f46b6} stake in smaller upmarket rival Reiss with an option to add to its holding and secure majority control. ($1 = 0.8391 euros) (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom)

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