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The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC

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The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC

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Great podcast! Love every episode of it.

By Davo91 - Feb 06 2015
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Great podcast! Love every episode of it.

Very good

By petronila2918 - Nov 09 2011
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Excelente way to start the day.

iTunes Ratings

121 Ratings
Average Ratings
89
20
3
2
7

Great podcast! Love every episode of it.

By Davo91 - Feb 06 2015
Read more
Great podcast! Love every episode of it.

Very good

By petronila2918 - Nov 09 2011
Read more
Excelente way to start the day.
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World Business Report

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The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC

Rank #1: UN urges reform to food production

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The UN has said humans need to reform food production methods to combat climate change. Evan Fraser is director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, and discusses how to avoid poor harvests. Tom Bradshaw of Britain's National Farmers Union explains how farmers are coping with an unpredictable climate. And we get further analysis from Professor Aled Jones of the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin university. Also in the programme, we hear from executive chairman Pablo Isla how the Spanish clothing chain Zara hopes to turn fast fashion into sustainable fashion. Plus we meet film director Gurinder Chadha, and find out how her new film 'Blinded by the Light' explores issues of race hate which, she says, are being exacerbated by Brexit.
Aug 08 2019
26 mins
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Rank #2: 'Breakthrough' Deal in Brexit Talks

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UK prime minister Theresa May has struck a deal to move Brexit talks forward. We gauge reaction to the day's developments from the UK and across the European Union. Also in the programme, Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tells us how providing contraception can improve economic performance, by allowing more women into the workplace. Plus we look back at the rest of the week's big business stories with Lisa Abramowicz of Bloomberg Radio in New York, and Rebecca Byrne of the Wall Street Journal in London.
Dec 08 2017
25 mins
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Rank #3: Update: Wall Street Stocks Finish Higher

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Chris Low of FTN Financial provides us his analysis
Sep 14 2018
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Rank #4: Finland at 100

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Finland is celebrating the centenary of its independence from Russia. We assess the country's economic significance with Finland's prime minister, Juha Sipilä. Also in the programme, environment ministers from around the world have agreed that the flow of waste plastic into the ocean must be stopped. We report from a meeting of UN environment ministers in Kenya. The European Commission has outlined plans for greater integration for countries using the euro. Our regular economic commentator Roger Bootle of Capital Economics assesses the proposals. We have an update on the latest developments around ongoing Brexit talks between the UK and European Union. Plus the American jewellery designer Kendra Scott tells us how she started a billion dollar business from a spare bedroom.
Dec 06 2017
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Rank #5: Japan and the US close to a trade deal

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A free trade deal between Tokyo and Washington could be signed within weeks. It could mean American farmers will soon be exporting meat and dairy products to the Asian nation, while Japanese automotive companies would continue to enjoy sales in the US without the threat of tariffs. We speak to Yuichiro Nakajima, managing director of Crimson Phoenix, a Japanese business advisory firm.

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico has been close to bankruptcy for years, but could Pedro Pierluisi, the new governor of the American territory, change its fortunes? Cate Long is the founder of Puerto Rico Clearing House, which advises the island's creditors. She tells us about the nature of the debt and how Washington, which governs the island, has been a 'negligent parent'.

Also in the programme, as Russia threatens to limit foreign ownership of technology companies, could this actually be a setback for the industry? Dr Jenny Mathers, a Russia expert from the University of Aberystwyth, tells us how the proposed law may be motivated more by politics than economics.
Aug 05 2019
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Rank #6: Update: US Sanctions have Domestic Repercussions

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We assess the impact US tariffs have had so far on the domestic stock markets. Susan Schmidt of Aviva in the US tells us more.
Aug 07 2019
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Rank #7: Toshiba Slumps on Nuclear Business Woes

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Toshiba was once one of the shining jewels of Japanese global commercial dominance; a big name in electronics, cars, lifts and railways. Now, it is a business in crisis - the chairman has resigned and it has predicted a loss this year of $3.4 billion. The reason? An unwise investment in nuclear power generation across the world, especially in the US. We spoke to the BBC's Japan correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.
Meanwhile, Rolls Royce also posts huge losses after a fine for corruption puts a big hole in their finances. So is the industry clean now? We talk to Barry Vitou, partner at the city of London law firm Pinsent Mason, who specialises in fraud cases.
(Photo Description: Toshiba's headquarters in Japan. Photo Credit: Toru Yamanaka/ AFP/ Getty Images)
Feb 14 2017
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Rank #8: Update: US imposes sweeping sanctions on Venezuela

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The US imposes sweeping sanctions on Venezuela. Plus, we look at the latest on the stock markets with Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago.
Aug 06 2019
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Rank #9: Lyft to make stock market debut

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Ride sharing firm Lyft aims to raise around $24bn from a New York share issue on Friday. We hear from some Lyft drivers about their views on the company, and Andrew Hawkins, US technology specialist on The Verge, assesses Lyft's prospects. Also in the programme, with Brexit seemingly in a state of paralysis, the BBC's Faarea Masud talks to small businesses at a conference of the British Chambers of Commerce about their concerns. Plus we have a report from the Australian island of Tasmania about the challenges faced by an industry there growing around half of the world's legal opium supply.
Mar 28 2019
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Rank #10: Trump meets Trudeau

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Canada's Prime Minister is in Washington for his first meeting with the new US president
Feb 13 2017
26 mins
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Rank #11: Xi Jinping: 'No Winners' in Any Trade War

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China's president has been discussing trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Daisy Guo is a Chinese entrepreneur who tells us she welcomes Mr Xi's stance. Meanwhile, Anthony Scaramucci, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, explains the president-elect's approach to trade. Also in the programme, businesses in the UK have been responding to prime minister Theresa May's vision for a "clean" Brexit, confirming that Britain will leave the European single market. We get the perspective of Christopher Nieper from clothing manufacturers David Nieper, who voted to leave the EU, and Hayden Wood, co-founder of the energy sector start-up Bulb, who voted to remain. Plus the BBC's Joe Miller meets a group of arctic and antarctic scientists hoping to raise the profile of climate change at the World Economic Forum.
(Picture: Xi Jinping. Picture credit: Getty Images.)
Jan 17 2017
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Rank #12: Germany's economic challenges

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There are fears that the global trade war might tip Germany's economy into recession. Marcel Fratzscher is the president of the research institute DIW Berlin, and thinks Germany may already have reached that point. Danae Kyriakopoulou is the chief economist at the think tank OMFIF, and explains the significance of Germany's economy to the rest of the continent. And Klaus Deutsch, head of economic and industrial policy at industry group the BDI tells us why Germany's automotive sector is currently struggling. Also in the programme, we hear about a technology startup disrupting the rental property sector in Nigeria. Plus, in an effort to tackle counterfeiters, researchers have developed an artificial tongue that can detect subtle differences between whiskies. Alasdair Clark of the University of Glasgow tells us how it works. And we get reaction from Annabel Meikle, director of the Keepers of the Quaich, a society of whisky experts.
Aug 06 2019
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Rank #13: Update: Wall Street Shares Hit New High

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Chris Low from FTN Financial in New York explains how the Dow Jones hit a new record
Sep 21 2018
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Rank #14: Swedish Deadlock as Nationalists Gain

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Sweden's two main political blocs are tied, as the anti-immigrant party made gains. We hear how economic issues are likely to impact the process of forming a governing coalition in the country. Also in the programme, Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba says he's leaving the firm next year. Duncan Clark wrote 'The House that Jack Built', and explains Mr Ma's legacy. We hear about a court case in Germany where an investment fund is suing carmaker Volkswagen over whether the firm was open enough about the rigging of emissions tests. Italy's government is to introduce a ban on Sunday trading in large commercial centres. Monica Cannalire of the Italian Council of Shopping Centres tells us why her organisation is opposed to the move. Plus our workplace commentator Alison Green explores the thorny etiquette around hugging people at work.
Sep 10 2018
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Rank #15: Update: India and Pakistan tensions rise over Kashmir

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Two nuclear powers at odds, a big fall for Wall Street and an Irish ship builder sinks
Aug 05 2019
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Rank #16: Funding Gap Grows at Ailing Italian Bank

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Italian lender Monte dei Paschi faces a capital shortfall of €8.8bn, higher than previously estimated. We get analysis from Ferdinando Giugliano, economic commentator at La Repubblica newspaper, and Deborah Ball, bureau editor for the Wall Street Journal in Rome. Also in the programme, following the death of singer George Michael, stories of his philanthropy have emerged, as the BBC's Benjie Guy reports. As the turn of the year approaches, our economics editor Kamal Ahmed looks ahead to the likely big economic trends of 2017. Plus with party season in full swing in many parts of the world, the BBC's Rob Champion looks at the responsibilities the makers and sellers of alcohol have for the way people consume their products.
(Picture: A Monte dei Paschi branch. Picture credit: AFP.)
Dec 27 2016
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Rank #17: The business of weather

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As climate change brings extremes, we hear how weather data can boost business profits. Leon Brown is chief meteorologist of the Weather Company, and explains how its data gets used by companies. Jon Weaver is head of marketing for the south coast resort of Bournemouth, and tells us an inaccurate forecast of rain for a public holiday weekend last year led to a 40% decline in visitors. And professor John Selker of the Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory discusses the potential benefits to farming and industry of an increase in the number of weather stations pumping out publicly available data on the continent. Also in the programme, economic growth across the European Union more than halved in the second quarter of the year. Yael Selfin is chief economist at KPMG and drills down into the data. Audi's former chief executive Rupert Stadler has been charged with fraud by German prosecutors, in connection with the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Max Haegler of the Suddeutsche Zeitung has the details. Plus, our reporter heads to the British Library to find out about a scheme there aimed at helping entrepreneurs set up a business.
Jul 31 2019
27 mins
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