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World Business Report provides analysis of the big global business and economic issues, as they affect consumers, investors and the environment.

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Update: More Bank Chiefs Pull Out of Saudi Event

10/16/2018
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We get analysis of the latest move, in the wake of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, from Karen Young of the American Enterprise Institute and George Washington University, plus Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading with the latest in US Markets.

Duration:00:07:18

More Bank Chiefs Pull Out of Saudi Event

10/16/2018
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HSBC, Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered have pulled out of a Saudi investor conference. We get analysis of the latest move, in the wake of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, from David Butter, associate fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. Also in the programme, we have a report from India on the growing 'Me Too' movement there, where women are taking to their keyboards to expose the alleged behaviour of high profile men. As the...

Duration:00:26:27

US Retail Giant Sears Files for Bankruptcy

10/15/2018
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The department store chain that once dominated America's shopping malls, has filed for bankruptcy. We hear about its glory days from historian Jerry Hancock. Mark Cohen, a professor at Columbia Business School and former CEO of Sears' Canadian Business, gives his assessment of what went wrong. Plus, we take a look at the day on Wall Street with Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago. Amid protests, fracking for shale gas has begun at a site in Lancashire in the UK. Kate...

Duration:00:16:52

Fracking Restarts in UK

10/15/2018
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Amid protests, fracking for shale gas has begun at a site in Lancashire in the UK. Kate Blagojevic is UK head of energy at Greenpeace, and explains why there is resistance to the practice, meanwhile Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuadrilla, which is doing the drilling, tells us why he thinks it is safe. And we get wider context from petroleum geologist Professor Richard Davies of Newcastle University. Also in the programme, we find out why the US retail giant Sears has been forced to file...

Duration:00:26:41

Italy's Budget Challenges EU Debt Rules

10/14/2018
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Monday is the deadline for the countries that use the Euro currency to submit their budget plans to the European Commission. Italy's proposed budget breaks EU rules on how much a country is allowed to go into debt. We get analysis from Nicola Borri, a professor of Economics at Luiss University in Rome. Following a series of weekend of meetings, and no breakthrough on Brexit, what will European leaders have to discuss at their summit on Wednesday? Grace Blakeley, research fellow with the...

Duration:00:23:12

Companies Boycott Saudi Investor Conference

10/12/2018
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Companies and media organisations are boycotting an investor conference in Saudi Arabia. Amid rising concern about the disappearance in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Also in the programme, should lithium be traded on the London Metals Exchange? And - you buy a purse at Walmart. There's a note inside - apparently from a prisoner in China - saying I made your nice new bag - and I'm incarcerated in terrible conditions and the guards are stealing my food. What do you do? What does...

Duration:00:26:25

Companies Boycott Saudi Investor Conference

10/12/2018
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Companies and media organisations are boycotting an investor conference in Saudi Arabia. Amid rising concern about the disappearance in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, we get analysis from Jeanne Whaley of the Washington Post. Also in the programme, we have reports from Indonesia on the challenges of providing clean water residents of the city of Bandung, and asking whether the growth of social media could be fueling a new rise in radicalism in the country. Plus we look back at...

Duration:00:26:41

Share Markets Wobble Following US Sell-off

10/11/2018
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European and Asian share markets were down following a sell-off in the US on Wednesday. Susan Schmidt is head of US equities at Aviva Investors in Chicago, and analyses the latest moves. Also in the programme, we talk to Paul Romer, one of two economists to receive the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences this week. We have a report from India on the home grown media companies taking on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the video streaming world. As Singapore Airlines launches the world's...

Duration:00:26:47

Wall Street Update: the Indexes Have Tumbled

10/10/2018
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The investors were running scared as we heard from Susan Schmidt of Aviva Investors.

Duration:00:03:08

Protests in Hong Kong Parliament over Press Freedom

10/10/2018
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Some legislators in Hong Kong chanted for press freedom during a leader's address. Lawmaker Alvin Yeung of the Hong Kong Civic Party, who took part in the protest, tells us why. Also in the programme, a committee of the European Parliament has voted in favour of a ban on ten kinds of plastic most often found on Europe's beaches. Seb Dance is a member of the European parliament for the British Labour party, and tells us how the proposed ban would work. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of...

Duration:00:26:32

Wall Street Update: South Africa Has A New Finance Minister

10/9/2018
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has just sworn in a new finance minister, the sixth in four years. The BBC's Nomsa Maseko tells us about the newcomer, Tito Mboweni. Also in the show, Ireland's finance minister has unveiled the country's latest budget. We get analysis from the BBC's Russell Padmore. And we'll get a view from Wall Street from Joe Saluzzi of Themis Trading in New York.

Duration:00:12:37

Google to Unveil New Devices

10/9/2018
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Google may be hoping a launch of new devices will distract from a data breach. BBC technology reporter Zoe Kleinman gives us the context, and tells us what to expect from the product launch. Also in the programme, Pakistan's precarious finances seem to have pushed the country's new prime minister, Imran Khan, to consider seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund. Khurram Husain is business editor at the Dawn newspaper, and explains the country's economic challenges. Ireland's...

Duration:00:26:43

Wall Street Update: Latest On Brazil And Pakistan Goes To The IMF

10/8/2018
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Jair Bolsonaro is the favourite into the second round of Brazil's presidential election. The BBC's Julia Carneiro gives us the latest on the country's reaction and what happens now. Also in the programme, Pakistan's foreign minister has asked the IMF for a bailout, we'll hear from Nadeem Haque, former deputy chairman of Pakistan's Planning Commission and a former IMF senior resident representative. And we'll get an update from Wall Street with Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investment in...

Duration:00:09:30

Jair Bolsonaro Wins First Round of Brazil Election

10/8/2018
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Jair Bolsonaro is the favourite into the second round of Brazil's presidential election. The BBC's Daniel Gallas in Sao Paulo tells us what Mr Bolsonaro's economic policies would look like. Also in the programme, the UN has released its starkest warning yet about the dangers posed by rising global temperatures. Dr Ruth Valerio of the UK relief and development agency Tearfund explains what might happen if global temperature rises are not kept below two degrees celsius. Facebook has been...

Duration:00:26:43

Brazil's Election Leads to Run-Off

10/7/2018
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Large numbers of Brazilians have been voting in the most polarised presidential election for many years. With 94% of the vote counted, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has 46.8% of the vote, surprising some pollsters but remaining just shy of the 50% needed to avoid a run-off election, giving hope to main rival, Fernando Haddad, the left-wing candidate for the Workers' Party. We’re joined by the BBC’s Latin America Business correspondent Daniel Gallas for the latest, and Verrisk Maplecroft...

Duration:00:23:05

US Jobless Rate Hits New Low

10/5/2018
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Chris Low from FTN Financial in New York explains how Wall Street has reacted to the news

Duration:00:02:26

US Jobless Rate Hits 49-Year Low

10/5/2018
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The US unemployment rate fell to 3.7% in September, the lowest level since December 1969. Our reporter in New York tells us why unemployment is falling. Also in the programme, the giant consumer goods company Unilever has reversed its decision to relocate its headquarters from the UK to the Netherlands. We find out what's behind the reversal. We have a special report from Indonesia on the challenges in the capital, Jakarta, around reducing traffic congestion. This week was a big one for the...

Duration:00:27:20

West Accuses Russia of Global Cyber-Plots

10/4/2018
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Russian spies have been accused of involvement in a series of cyber-plots across the globe, leading the US to level charges against seven agents. We get analysis from Adam Segal of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Also, Wall Street has followed European markets in a downward move - after US Treasury yields hit a seven year high, curbing global appetite for stocks. To help us understand why the Dow, the S & P 500 and the Nasdaq all fell, we called up Cary Leahy of Decision...

Duration:00:08:19

Italy Reins in Spending Plans

10/4/2018
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Bond markets have reacted positively to news that Italy will rein in its spending plans. We find out more from Italian journalist Giada Zampano. Also in the programme, amid growing concern about the issue of plastic waste around the world, environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt of Forum 4 the Future tells us what might be done. We hear about the threat of cyberattacks against big banks from Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JP Morgan Chase. We find out what Macedonia's government is likely...

Duration:00:26:42

US Ordered To Ease Iran Sanctions

10/3/2018
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The International Court of Justice has ordered the US to remove "any impediments" to the export of humanitarian goods. The US pulled out of its Treaty of Amity with Iran in response. David Mortlock, partner at the international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher explains the links between the ICJ, the now defunct treaty and sanctions against Iran. Our reporter in Sao Paulo looks ahead to the first round of Brazil's presidential election. We hear from James Deluca, CEO of Vinfast, the first...

Duration:00:14:38