BBC Business Daily

BBC Business Daily

Examining the big issues facing the global economy, Business Daily demystifies the world of money. From giant industries like aviation and automotive to the smallest scale start-up, Business Daily asks the big questions about free trade, technology and investment. There is also analysis of management and marketing trends, and what business jargon really means - together with reports on business news from around the world via the BBC's global network of reporters.

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  • How far will the EU sanction Russia?

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    In the wake of the Malaysian airlines disaster, European Foreign Ministers are meeting in Brussels to consider further economic sanctions against Russia. Western leaders accuse Moscow of arming the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. What sanctions are on the table? And how do European businesses feel about them, given the current frailty of the eurozone? And we hear a report on on the estimated trillions of dollars in illicit funds that currently flow through the world's banks. Money-laundering is said to be spiralling. Can and should more be done by regulators and the banks to stop it?

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  • ITB: We're All Content Producers Now

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

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    27 mins

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    In the Balance this week is taking a closer look at the book trade. We’re considering the issues at stake in a dispute that’s been brewing between one of the world's biggest publishing houses, Hachette, and the world's biggest book seller, Amazon. Scott Jacobson joins us from Seattle, he’s a former executive at Amazon and one of those who pioneered the launch of the Amazon Kindle, now Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group. Philip Jones is Editor of the “publisher’s Bible” the Bookseller magazine. And Sam Hall is the DJ Goldierocks; She’ll be telling us what the book industry could learn from the world of music. We're also looking at what it means to be a “content producer” in the Internet age. We’ll hear from the author of the children’s sensation The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, and we’ll consider how you can make it all pay with the comedian Colm O’Regan.

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  • EU and US Trade Talks

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    Business Daily comes from Brussels where European and United States negotiators have spent the week working together on a project called the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Its intended to boost economic growth by stimulating transatlantic commerce. Andrew Walker hears from business voices that love the idea and from opponents who see it is a threat to workers, democracy and more.

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  • Refugee Economy

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    We examine the economics of refugees. As many as a million by some estimates have fled to Jordan from Syria. And increasingly their huge makeshift camps are replicating the commercial structures of cities. Is profiting from them a good thing? We also hear the tale of the world's first ever share-holding company. Plus - why India's civil service is being told to have a spring clean.

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  • Elemental Business: Sulphur

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    35 mins

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    Sulphur is in abundant supply thanks to its extraction from sour oil and gas, in order to prevent acid rain pollution. But does the world face a glut of this devilish chemical element, famed for its colour and odour? And if so, what uses can it be put to?

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  • BRICS in Brazil: Building a Future 15 Jul 14

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - the so-called BRICS nations - are meeting in Brazil to discuss steps that could challenge western dominance of the global financial system. The BBC's Katy Watson reports from Fortaleza in Brazil where the meeting is taking place. We also interview economist Jim O'Neill, the former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, who coined the BRICs moniker. And we ask if the Eurozone crisis is really over?

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  • World Cup 2014: A Sporting And Economic Win for Germany

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Why Germany's World Cup victory is an economic as well as a sporting win, and what the World Cup's success means for football's governing body FIFA and host country Brazil. Plus, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times explains why there's a big difference between customer service that's friendly, and customer service representatives who want to be your friend.

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  • ITB: Beautiful Game, Final Frontier

    Sat, 12 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    This week's itb deals with the dreams of nations; counting the cost of world cup woes and exploring Africa's investment in space technology. We ask who stands to gain from high drama on the footballing field. Soccernomics expert Professor Stefan Szymanski and our regular contributor (and footballing fanatic), comedian Colm O’Regan, will be providing the answers. And we discuss the new business being generated by the expansion of space programmes in Africa; With Seidu Mohammed of the Nigerian Space Agency, Dickson Adomako of Ghana's Space Science and Technology Institute and Sir Martin Sweeting Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

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  • Are Sweatshops Good?

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    It's more than a year since Bangladesh suffered the worst industrial accident in modern history. But apart from an increase in the minimum wage, has anything actually improved in terms of the conditions for Bangladeshi workers? We hear from Philip Jennings, General Secretary of the Uni Global union, on the need for further action, and from the government's commerce minister, Tofail Ahmed, who insists factories are safer. Also, we debate the view, made by Dr Ben Powell, director of the Free Market Institute, that sweatshops are actually a necessary first step towards economic progress in developing economies. Tansy Hoskins a journalist and the author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion, disagrees.

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  • Nigeria's Wealth Gap

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Why does Africa's richest economy still have some of the continent's poorest citizens? Business Daily looks at the gap between the richest and the poorest in NigeriaBusiness Daily looks at the highs and the lows of Nigeria's economy. And Ed Butler asks Nigeria's finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala how much insecurity in the country is damaging the economy.

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