DAILY BRIEFING: Amazon forced to delay expansion of its Seattle HQ amid a row with the city council


City & Finance Reporter for the Daily Mail

Planning row: Amazon's Seattle HQ

Planning row: Amazon's Seattle HQ

Planning row: Amazon’s Seattle HQ

HQ DELAYS An expansion of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters has been delayed amid a row with its local city council.

The tech group has stopped work on the building and called into question its lease on another.

A spokesman said it was waiting for the result of a vote on a $500-a-head tax being voted on by Seattle City Council on May 14.

DATING BOSS Dating service E-Harmony’s chief scientist was poached by Facebook just months before it announced plans for its own dating service, it has emerged.

Dr Steve Carter joined the social media giant in August 2017, according to the website Techcrunch

A Facebook spokesman claimed Carter was not working on its dating project.

HOTEL SALES Revenues at hotel chain Millennium & Copthorne fell 2.7 per cent to £223million in the first three months of 2018 as visits to its London hotels slumped.

Profits doubled to £26million as the group benefited from the sale of two Australian hotels.

MORE FLYING The number of passengers travelling with EasyJet increased 4.7 per cent to 4.5m in April.

The airline said 323 flights were cancelled in April as it was hit by industrial action in France, poor weather and the 24-hour closure of its Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

PHOTO SHOP Social media app Instagram is allowing shoppers to store payment information so they can buy products directly through the app. The trial allows Instagram users to add debit card information, track previous payments and verify payments.

PAY UP Average advertised salaries have increased by 4.3 per cent over the past year to almost £34,000 – although the number of vacancies has fallen, according to a study by jobs site Adzuna.




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