BBC Business Daily

BBC Business Daily

Demystifying the world of money - Business Daily and In the Balance examine the big issues facing the global economy and look at what the analysis and the business jargon really mean.

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  • ITB: Rana Plaza: a lesson forgotten?

    Sat, 18 Apr 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    29 days remaining

    Two years on from the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh where a factory collapsed killing over 1100 workers, what has changed in the global rag trade? Are workers safer? Are wages fairer? Are we as consumers any more willing to pay a higher price for our clothes to ensure that the one in six of us who work in the global clothing sector have a decent life? Or is the throw-away culture, in which a $1 t-shirt is bought, worn and chucked away in no time, here to stay; and with it a business model that locks in a race to the bottom? We speak to a factory owner from Dhaka, a fashion deisgner and the man responsible for drawing up the new rules intended to make life better and safer for the people making our clothes.

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  • Deregulation: Pickles & Chutneys in India

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    It's the end of an era for small family-owned businesses in India as the government opens up things like candle-making and pickle-production to big business. The BBC's Anu Anand speaks to chutney makers in New Dehli, and we get reaction from Karan A Chanana, chairman & CEO of India's Amera Nature Foods. Also, Islamic groups and business clash in Indonesia over alcohol sales, after the government there bans the sale of alcoholic beverages in small retail outlets across the country. We get reaction from Mark Campbell, Heineken's regional corporate relations director based in Singapore. Heineken makes one of Indonesia's most popular beer brands, Bintang.

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  • Doing Business in Conflict Zones

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    27 days remaining

    What does it take to keep a business running profitably amid conflict? Reporter Venetia Rainey reports on wine makers in Syria and Lebanon and we speak to Zaytoun, a UK-based company which distributes Palestinian olive oil in international markets. Plus we ask if it's possible for companies to stay neutral. Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations in London, tells us the world's most powerful countries are increasingly flexing their muscles with sanctions and trade agreements, and many companies are caught in the middle.

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  • China's Slowing Growth

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    26 days remaining

    We unpick the latest figures from China: growth down, exports down. With some of the worst data since the financial crisis began, how concerned should we be about China? And is the transition to a consumer economy happening fast enough? Our chief business correspondent, Linda Yeuh, gives her verdict. Also in the programme, we hear a damning report from the University of Greenwich about water privatisations worldwide. And we hear from Jennifer Pak, our correspondent in Malaysia, about the country's growing intolerance towards its large immigrant labour force.

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  • Japan's Abenomics Experiment

    Tue, 14 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    We examine Abenomics, Japan's bold economic experiment. For more than twenty years the country's been trapped in a cycle of falling prices and negative growth. But since 2012, the government, with its new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has been throwing hundreds of billions of dollars at the economy, hoping to kick-start it back into life. Who's benefitting from all this? Well it seems some city-dwellers are back in work, women especially, but some poorer communities, like the seaweed harvesters of Futtsu, continue to feel the pinch. We hear from them, from the government, and from one former banker who's returned after a quarter of a century working abroad.

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  • Europe's Negative Interest Bonds

    Mon, 13 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    Business Daily looks at a curious phenomenon affecting Europe - the negative value of debt. Buy some bonds, these days, and European governments will actually charge you to own them. What is going on? Also, floating boaters - the exclusive world of the super-rich and their even more super-yachts, and Lucy Kellaway wonders - who really wants sympathy from their service provider?

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  • ITB: Cyber Crime - the 21st Century Business Risk

    Sat, 11 Apr 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    What are the risks for businesses and governments from cyber attack? What protection is available? And how high are the stakes if we get this wrong? We talk to four specialists from the field of cyber analysis who are world leaders in the business of how to protect us from cyber threats.

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  • Horse Racing

    Fri, 10 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    Simon Jack presents the programme from the Grand National horse race in the UK, while Pauline McCole reports on the power and influence of the Hong Kong Jockey Club in the Chinese territory. We also hear from Michael Lewis, former trader and author of Liar's Poker, on how the odds of gambling on the stock market are stacked in favour of the powerful few.

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  • Unemployed in France

    Thu, 9 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    Tanya Beckett reports from France, where a quarter of young people are unemployed. She visits one charity trying to help educated young people in the deprived suburbs of Paris find work. And as Greece faces yet another deadline to repay its lenders, leading economists at a conference in Paris held by the Institute for New Economic Thinking give their views on the country's plight.

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  • Is Grexit '50-50'?

    Wed, 8 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    Today the Greek prime minister is travelling to Moscow for talks with Russia, despite the country being shunned by other western nations for its alleged involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Is a Greek exit from the euro actually getting closer than we think? Lena Komileva of the economic analytics group, G+ Economics, thinks so. But multi-millionaire investor Paul Kazarian sees it differently. He thinks this entire crisis would be seen very differently if only we understood the numbers. Thanks to bad accountancy, the head of investment firm, Japonica Partners, which is thought to have billions invested in Greek stocks and bonds, says that bad European accountancy has made Greek debt look far bigger than it actually is. Also in the programme, our South America correspondent, Daniel Gallas considers how the news that a food and drinks magnate has taken over as Brazil's richest man may also symbolise something of a wider culture shift in the country.

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