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The Times: Shell cuts spending by $9bn to counter oil price collapse

Shell cuts spending by $9bn to counter oil price collapse

Royal Dutch Shell is to stop buying back shares and slash spending by up to $9 billion this year in response to the collapse in oil prices.

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant said that it would suspend its share buyback programme after the current $1 billion tranche is completed.

It said that it aimed to reduce underlying operating costs by $3 billion to $4 billion over the coming 12 months and would reduce its capital spending to $20 billion or less, down from $25 billion planned.

Ben van Beurden, Shell chief executive, said that he was “taking immediate steps to ensure the financial strength and resilience of our business”.

Brent crude, the global benchmark oil price, has more than halved since touching highs of more than…

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