PRESS DIGEST- British Business - March 31

March 31 (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

* Online retailer AO World Plc raised 50 million

pounds ($62 million) to underpin its balance sheet by selling

new shares at less than half the price the shares floated at

about three years ago. http://bit.ly/2nFwaUt

* JPMorgan Chase & Co is in talks to buy a Dublin

office building as one of its strategies to cope with Brexit,

while Citigroup Inc has warned staff to brace for a "hard"

departure. http://bit.ly/2nFdWCK

The Guardian

* Managing Director Paula Nickolds of John Lewis Plc

, Britain's largest department store operator, has

warned of more job cuts this year and possible price rises as

she said shoppers' behaviour was changing "profoundly and fast."

http://bit.ly/2nkTYcU

* HSBC Holdings Plc is to offer its transgender

community a choice of 10 new gender-neutral titles as part of

its plan to improve the banking experience for customers. http://bit.ly/2ofYs9E

The Telegraph

* Britain has begun to take back control from Brussels as

Brexit minister David Davis announced that the first European

Union law to be scrapped after Brexit will be a charter that

helps criminals avoid deportation. http://bit.ly/2oEuXdH

* Two days after Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to

Brussels announcing UK's formal withdrawal from the EU, Scottish

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon penned a letter demanding May

give Scotland a referendum vote. http://bit.ly/2oECvgI

Sky News

* The Bank of England is consulting on the additives used to

produce its polymer banknotes after criticism of the use of

animal fat in the new five-pound notes. http://bit.ly/2nnhpmN

* Chief Executive Joe Kaeser of Siemens AG has

told Sky News that he is "confident and optimistic" that Britain

will "find its way" through the turbulence of Brexit. http://bit.ly/2noTOlu

The Independent

* Major international technology firms have announced that

they will set up a cross-industry forum to tackle online

extremist propaganda following a crunch meeting with Home

Secretary Amber Rudd. http://ind.pn/2omkhkX

(Compiled by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie

Adler)