BBC World Business Report

BBC World Business Report

Analysis of the big global business and economic issues, as they affect consumers and investors. Broadcast on weekdays.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Journal 19 Dec 14

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

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    We take a look at the markets with Jim Lebenthal from Lebenthal Asset Management in New York.

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  • WBR: Nigeria Suffers From Falling Oil Price 19 Dec 14

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    Nigeria's currency, the naira, has fallen to a record low value this week. We look at how Africa's largest economy has suffered hard from the global fall in oil prices. Skype is introducing a new real-time translating service - the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones explains how it could be useful beyond the realm of overseas romance. And we speak to the founder of board game Market Madness, to find out why risking financial crises and stock market crashes has become a hit. Finally, we discuss the week's biggest global business stories with Devindra Hardawar from Engadget in New York and Oliver Ralph from the Financial Times in London.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 18 Dec 14

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    9 mins

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    Doug McIntyre at the financial website 24/7 Wall Street tells us why in points terms, the Dow had its biggest one-day gain for almost three years. Also on this update, could Africa's Kariba Dam on the Zambezi provide a blueprint for hydroelectric power around the world? Lucy Burton has been finding out.

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  • WBR: Apple 'failing to protect Chinese workers' 18 Dec 14

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

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    A BBC investigation has exposed poor working conditions at factories in China producing for electronics giant Apple. Reporter Richard Bilton tells us what he discovered. Also Europe ramps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, just as President Putin tries to reassure the world that his country's economic crisis will subside. The EU's most senior court rules that obese people could be entitled to the same protection at work as disabled people. We hear from a clinically obese fitness instructor who campaigns on behalf of overweight and obese people. And the enduring legacy of Winston Churchill as his personal possessions attract big bids at auction.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 17 Dec 14

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    8 mins

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    Cuban-American author Christina Garcia tells us why the new thawing of relations between Washington and Havana will prompt a very mixed reaction amongst her Cuban family. And Doug McIntyre from financial website 24/7 Wall Street gives his analysis of the day's trading and the reaction to the closer ties between Cuba and the US.

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  • WBR: 'New Chapter' in US-Cuba Ties 17 Dec 14

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    As these once most bitter of enemies agree to establish closer relationship, we assess the economic impact. We talk to John Kavulich, Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Cuba Trade and Economic Council in New York, and Pedro Feyre, an expert in Cuban-American legal relations at Columbia Law School. Plus, frantic buying in the shops and a rush to withdraw cash from banks. We hear the latest on Russia's currency crisis. Also in the programme, crash tests on seven popular Indian car models found them to be unsafe. How much will it cost to make them safer? And finally, they're renowned as one of nature's biggest aphrodisiacs. But we'll hear how oysters are facing a distinctly unromantic threat: Herpes.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 16 Dec 14

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    Duration:
    9 mins

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    As the Russian rouble continues to fall against the dollar we assess the wider impact on the markets with Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey. Plus, more on industrial action at ports on the western coast of the United States from Angela Greiling Keane, White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News.

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  • WBR: Rouble in free-fall despite rate rise 16 Dec 14

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    Russia's currency plunges despite emergency efforts to shore it up. So who's to blame? McDonalds in Japan is running low on French fries - and it's all because of industrial action in the US. Also in the programme, small businesses in Spain are braced for a dramatic rise in their rents. And, the success of a Peruvian-born British teddy bear: why Paddington still sells after all these years.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 15 Dec 14

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

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    26 days remaining

    As the Russian central bank raises its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent, we get the latest from our Business reporter Rob Young. Plus, more on the day's US market news with Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago.

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  • WBR: Japan Election Win Analysis 15 Dec 14

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    But what will it take to wake the world's third largest economy from its 20 year sleep? Much of Belgium has ground to a halt, with strikes and demonstrations against government austerity plans. We talk to businesses affected by the disruptions. Also in the programme, the challenges of rebuilding the fishing industry in southern India, ten years after a devastating tsunami. Plus, we ask whether western governments are helping fund animal cruelty. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times considers whether fearlessness could be bad for us.

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