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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  • Elemental Business: Chlorine

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    34 mins

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    Chlorine is more than just swimming pools and gas attacks. This poisonous green gas is the great enabling element of the chemicals industry, helping to create your clothes, computer chips, medicines, flooring... Justin Rowlatt travels discovers the brutal process of extracting the chlorine from the most mundane of raw materials - table salt. We hear from chemsitry professor Andrea Sella about the thousands of uses to which this halogen is put. And why might the bursting of Spain's property bubble put up the price of soap in the country - and what's it got to do with chlorine? Listen to find out.

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  • Gambling addiction in Asia

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    We go inside Cambodia's border casinos to hear stories from players and workers describing imprisonment, torture and gambling addiction. Also, we consider the role of good luck in business investing with financial strategist Michael Mauboussin. Plus, on the day that Google announce the takeover of a drone manufacturer, why we should all be excited about having a drone of our own.

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  • Can Russia afford conflict in Ukraine?

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    What's the fall-out for the Russian economy, as Ukraine accuses Moscow of orchestrating violent unrest? We get the thoughts of John Lough of London's Chatham House. We also speak to "Monsieur Jacques", the French businessman who some say played a big part in bringing down South Africa's apartheid regime. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects on the good and bad of office gossip.

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  • In The Balance: India and jobs for the young

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    India needs to create about 100 million new jobs over the next decade to meet the needs of its vast and growing population. As the largest democracy in the world goes to the polls this week In the Balance focuses on the future of work for young people who currently make up about 65% of the population. Ed Butler in Delhi discusses their economic needs and aspirations with eminent development economist Jayati Ghosh, business journalist Mihir S Sharma and Vikas Gupta of the Indian tech company, Tech Mahindra. What can the politicians do to bring work to India's young? How can the education and skills of rural youth be improved and which sectors of the economy can provide them with the most jobs? 

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  • India Elections

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Business Daily comes to you from Delhi where elections are seen by many as a potential turning point for the country. An economic slowdown has brought hardship for some people here. Others are angry about what is seen as a rising tide of corruption. Presenter, Ed Butler tests the mood amongst electors as they prepare this week to cast their vote.

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  • Elemental Business: Lithium

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    33 mins

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    In our series examining the world economy from the perspective of the chemical elements, we are looking at the extraordinary properties of lithium. Thirty years ago it wasn't reckoned to be that useful. Now it powers so many of the gadgets we now take for granted and may soon even replace the gasoline in the cars we drive. But it also has other properties, levelling out the manias and depressions of bipolar disorders. We investigate a very curious element.

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  • Samsung Profits Sink

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Samsung, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, braces for a drop in its annual profit. One commentator tells us the electronics giant has a lot of scope to cut costs. Also, as countries prepare for an IMF meeting in Washington, economist Jim O'Neil explains why the US is being accused of dragging its feet on reforming the institution. Plus, the destination manager for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board tells us why she hopes the worldwide popularity of the Game of Thrones TV series will do for Northern Ireland what The Lord of the Rings trilogy did for New Zealand.

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  • In the Balance: The Big Migration Debate

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    18 days remaining

    An In the Balance debate discusses the proposition: 'Allowing free movement of workers across borders would boost the global economy.' Co-hosted by Justin Rowlatt and Manuela Saragosa, in front of an audience in London, In the Balance asks what are the benefits and dangers of allowing people to move at will across the globe in search of work? Justin and Manuela are joined by: Susie Symes who has held senior economic posts in the United Kingdom’s Treasury and in the European Commission in Brussels. Her experience includes advising UK Ministers on EU matters and international trade and finance. She is chair of the immigration museum 19 Princelet Street; Tim Finch, Associate Director for Migration, at the Institute for Public Policy Research and Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, former senior adviser on migration to the governments of Mauritius and Mexico. He has worked with the Global Forum on Migration and Development and is a Director of Up! Africa Ltd.

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  • Big Data: Big Problems?

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Does big data have big problems? We ask what companies are doing with the avalanche of digital information all of us leave in our wake. Microsoft's economics researcher David Rothschild tells what big data is used for and that it's not always useful in making predictions. Also, the BBC's Rahul Tandon reports from Calcutta on Indian companies turning to astrology to help their business, and James Srodes in Washington wonders if computers are merely taking away jobs, or also creating new ones.

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  • Bio-tech ventures

    Thu, 3 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    17 days remaining

    Bio-tech start-ups: How hard is it for them to attract finance? It is a high risk industry, with the large majority of new drugs failing to make it all the way to market. So where do cutting-edge researchers find the financing they need to commercialise their work? Also in the programme, we hear from Spencer Thompson of the IPPR about the worrying disappearance of mid-skilled jobs in Europe. And Rahul Tandon reports on a surprising development in the Indian wedding market.

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