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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

137 Ratings
Average Ratings
97
23
6
3
8

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: Chile rocked by protests

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At least eleven people have died in protests in Chile sparked by a rise in metro fares. A state of emergency has been declared in many parts of the country. Jane Chambers is a journalist based in Santiago, and explains the background to the unrest. And we get a sense of how businesses are coping with the disruption from David Lloyd, chief executive of The Intern Group, a global company based in Santiago. Also in the programme, Boeing bosses are holding a second day of meetings after new messages, published late on Friday, intensified the crisis surrounding the company's 737 Max jet. The BBC's Theo Leggett brings us the latest developments. Plus our regular workplace commentator Heather McGregor of Edinburgh Business School considers the question of what people should wear to work.

Oct 21 2019

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Rank #2: 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 #3: What's next for Brexit?

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We take stock of Brexit as the UK waits to hear whether the EU will grant an extension. Britain has published a Withdrawal Agreement Bill aimed at turning prime minister Boris Johnson's deal into UK law. Georgina Wright of the Institute for Government tells us what the implications are. The status of Northern Ireland is a critical element of the proposals, and Wesley Johnston, who runs educational publishing company Blackstaff Press there explains why he's deeply critical of the deal. Craig Beaumont of the UK's Federation of Small Businesses offers us reaction from the mainland. And we get a European perspective on it all from Ilya Nortnagel, of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce.
Also in the programme, wildfires are raging in California again and we hear from a local mayor how they are coping.
Ahead of a general election in Argentina this weekend, the BBC's Daniel Gallas checks in on the health of the country's economy.
Plus, we ask why is Asterix still so popular after 60 years?

Oct 24 2019

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Rank #4: '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

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Rank #5: The impact of extreme weather on Africa

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What can governments and agencies do to minimise the impact of extreme weather on Africa? Dr Hassan Mohamed at the National Humanitarian Coordination Center in Somalia tells us the way repeated dry spells are hitting farmers and livestock herders is making resilience impossible. Robson Mutandi of the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Mozambique makes the case that the increasing frequency of droughts and intense rainfall in Africa is an existential emergency. And Lydia Zigomo of Oxfam International discusses possible mitigation for extreme weather events. Also in the programme, Eva Dou of the Wall Street Journal explains the dilemma faced by clothing companies who discover the cotton in their clothes comes from Xinjiang in China, where the ethnic Uighur population has been subjected to a state-run programme of mass incarceration and what Beijing calls deradicalisation. Plus car maker Tesla has announced the construction of its first European factory in the German capital, Berlin. Steve Fowler of Auto Express has been speaking with Tesla boss Elon Musk, and tells us how big a deal this expansion into Europe is for the company.

Nov 13 2019

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Rank #6: Update: Disney+ overcomes launch day glitches

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As the entertainment giant rolls out its new streaming service, we examine how much of a game-changer this could be for online video services. Plus, the Dow Jones ended trading precisely where it began the day, for the first time since April 2014. Joe Saluzzi has an overview of the day on Wall Street.

Nov 12 2019

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Rank #7: 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 #8: Where next for Lebanon?

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After weeks of street protests over Lebanon's economy, we ask where next for the country? Aya Issa is one of the owners of fuel importer Issa Petrol Trade, and tells us that whilst recent events have complicated her business, she's proud of the unity on show in the country. Sami Halabi is a former financial journalist and the founder of Triangle development consultancy, and is critical of the role the banks have played in Lebanon's economic crisis. But Nassib Ghobril, chief economist at Lebanon's third biggest bank, Byblos, feels the sector has been unfairly picked on. And we get wider perspective from three Lebanese business people currently living in London. Also in the programme, a BBC investigation has revealed how a common practice among airlines may be significantly increasing carbon emissions for the industry. The BBC's chief environment correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, brings us the story. Plus as China's annual shopping event, Singles Day, is expected to smash all sales records, plastics campaigner Tang Damin from Greenpeace in Beijing talks us through concerns over the volume of packaging used by China's e-commerce and express delivery industries.

Nov 11 2019

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Rank #9: US hopes to mediate on Ethiopia dam

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The US is trying to mediate in a row over Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile. The project has led to a dispute with Egypt over the availability of water for the country. Nader Nour el-Din is a soil and water expert at Cairo University, and says there's a very real fear of food shortages in the future. We get a sense of Ethiopia's perspective from one of the country's most prominent business leaders, Zemedeneh Negatu, chairman of the Fairfax Africa Fund. And the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza discusses the likelihood of a breakthrough in the US-mediated talks. Also in the programme, Google has struck a deal with healthcare provider Ascension in the United States, giving it access to the medical data of millions of Americans. We hear from Kenneth Cukier, author of the book Big Data that whilst some have expressed privacy concerns, other say the initiative could bring the power of supercomputers to improve our health. Plus in the first of a series of interviews with senior figures in political parties ahead of next month's general election in the UK, we talk to Richard Tice, chairman of the Brexit Party, which was set up to push for an end to close ties with the EU.

Nov 12 2019

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Rank #10: Saudi Aramco unveils some of its public listing plan

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Oil giant Saudi Aramco has published more details about its planned stock market flotation in a long-awaited prospectus. But there are still big questions, such as how much of the Saudi firm will be sold and even the date of the listing. Dr. Sara Vakhshouri of SVB Energy International in Washington D.C. explains what we know so far and John Sfakianakis, an economist in Riyadh, talks about what the kingdom might plan to do with the proceeds.

Also in the show, the governing Socialist Party in Spain looks set to win the most seats in the general election, but fall short of a majority with almost all results in. The BBC’s Guy Hedgecoe in Madrid explains what these results mean for the short-term future of the country.

We get a preview of the upcoming week from George Conboy, economist and chairman of Brighton Securities in Rochester, New York.

And the BBC’s Ed Butler sits down with Nobel prize-winning economist Esther Duflo to talk about big picture vs. small insights in poverty research.

(Picture: A billboard displaying an advert for Aramco is pictured in the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 10, 2019. Picture credit: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

Nov 11 2019

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: Spain 'Will Accept' Disputed Migrant Ship

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Spain says it will accept a migrant rescue ship that Italy had rejected. Cesare Pitea is professor of international law at Parma University, and tells us whether Italy was legally able to refuse the migrants permission to land. Also in the programme, as Singapore prepares for Tuesday's historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, we hear about the likely economic impact of the meeting. Egypt has been raising concerns over an Ethiopian dam on the River Nile. Ahmed Soliman is a research associate with the Africa Programme at the Chatham House think tank, and explains why tensions appear to have eased. A summit is being held in France to help the next generation of women in the animation industry to break through. Michelle Nardone is head of animation at University College in Copenhagen, and tells us about the challenges women in the industry face. Plus our regular workplace commentator Stephanie Hare discusses whether being fit can help you get ahead at work.

Jun 11 2018

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Rank #14: China's surveillance boom

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Chinese firms sell 40% of global surveillance equipment, so we look at the implications. Sarah Pope who manages the CCTV monitoring centre for Southwark Council in London discusses the benefits of surveillance technology. Steven Feldstein of the Carnegie foreign policy research institute in Washington tells us how China has come to be dominant in artificial intelligence-powered surveillance tools. Melissa Chan of the New York Times explains what she discovered in Ecuador, reporting on the country's purchase of an entire national video surveillance system from China. And Olivia Zhang, US correspondent for Caixin, the Beijing-owned business and finance media company considers the impact of a recent decision by the US Commerce Department to add 28 Chinese companies to the Entity List, restricting their ability to do business with American firms.
Also in the programme, the US claim to have achieved quantum supremacy - but what does it mean?
Plus, Indonesian investigators have told relatives of those killed when a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max plane crashed last year that mechanical and design issues were among the causes of the disaster.

Oct 23 2019

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Rank #15: Update: Wall Street Prepares For Tech Index Changes

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Big tech firms like Facebook will move into communication services, says Peter Jankowskis of Oakbrook Investments

Sep 19 2018

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Rank #16: Shipping industry faces tougher fuel regulation

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We look at the impact new rules aimed at curbing pollution could have on shipping. Edmund Hughes is head of air pollution at the International Maritime Organisation, and explains the background to the cleaner fuel regulations which come into force on January 1st 2020. David Balston is director of policy for the UK Chamber of Shipping, and discusses the possible benefits for coastal communities in terms of reduced pollution. We hear from Phil Flynn, energy analyst at PRICE Futures Group, who says the new rules could lead to a price spike for the cleaner fuel. And Tove Andersen, vice-president of production at Yara International, makes the case for a future of electric-powered shipping. Also in the programme, Esther Duflo of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics, on work she has done to help poor communities respond and adapt to financial incentives. Plus our technology reporter Zoe Kleinman has been looking into why Facebook is introducing a new logo made up of all capital letters.

Nov 05 2019

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Rank #17: Polish Premier Appoints New Cabinet

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Law and Justice leader Mateusz Morawiecki fired a number of ministers in the wake of EU legal action. The EU has said judicial reforms threaten the rule of law in the country. The BBC's Mark Easton reports. Also in the programme, as the Consumer Electronics Show gets under way in Las Vegas, our reporter tells us what is catching people's attention. We hear about the hopes for 2018 for India's economy, and get reaction from our regular economic commentator, Roger Bootle of Capital Economics. We have a report from Mozambique about the spread of a disease that is threatening the world's most commonly sold type of banana. Plus we find out why Italy's rollout of a new law to minimise plastic bag usage has not gone smoothly.

Jan 09 2018

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Rank #18: Federal Reserve to Decide US Interest Rates

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With US interest rates expected to rise, we look at the impact on the global economy. Our regular economic commentator, Irwin Stelzer of the Hudson Institute, gives us his take. Also in the programme, the Japanese car giant Toyota is investing $1bn in the Singapore-based ride sharing firm Grab. Vivek Vaidya is vice-president of technology at management consultants Frost and Sullivan, and tells us more about the deal. Following a dispute with Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has agreed to change its name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia. Journalist Borjan Jovanovski explains why some are not happy about the deal. We travel to the Indian state of Kashmir to meet the people foraging for lucrative morel mushrooms. Plus fashion designer Stella McCartney explains why she's going green with her new fashion emporium.

Jun 13 2018

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Rank #19: Argentina elects a new president

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Amid a deep economic crisis that has left a third of the population in poverty, voters in Argentina have elected Alberto Fernandez president. We hear from the BBC's Daniel Gallas.

Vladimir Putin said Russian investment in Africa can be doubled in five years but what's behind Russia's push into the continent? We get analysis from Charlie Robertson, chief economist at Renaissance Capital.

Companies across the EU are bringing in the new payment services directive that says online purchases have to be done via a two step security procedure, but the extra steps are deterring people from doing purchases online. We hear from Eido Gal, Co-Founder and CEO of Riskified an online payments services company.

What will we be eating in the future? How about food protein made from volcanoes? BBC reporter Regan Morris has been finding out more in California.

Oct 28 2019

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Rank #20: Update: Latest from the financial markets

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Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments brings us the latest from the financial markets

Nov 11 2019

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