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 Update 31 Mar 15

    Tue, 31 Mar 15

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    Muhammadu Buhari wins the Nigerian election - but has got a plan for the economy? Manji Cheto an Africa Analyst at risk advisors, Teneo Intelligence gives her view. UK GDP rose by 2.8% in 2014 - confirming it as the fastest growing of the major advanced economies. But not everyone is feeling the benefits. Roger Bootle explains why. Plus Doug McIntyre from 24/7 Wall Street tells us how the markets reacted to record US oil production

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  • WBR: US pledges to reduce CO2 output 31 Mar 15

    Tue, 31 Mar 15

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    President Obama has unveiled plans to cut carbon emissions. But will the plan work? Also in the programme, the chairman of South Africa's biggest power provider, Eskom, has stepped down. Milton Nkosi explains why power has become such a big issue in the country. British economic growth turned out higher than expected last year, but households are no richer. Our economic commentator Roger Bootle tells us why. Plus a new report says young people are being attracted to e-cigarettes. Robin Devlin of Liverpool John Moore's university takes us through the research. And Rahul Tandon reports from Kolkata on India's efforts to increase safety for female tourists, after several high profile cases involving women's safety.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 30 Mar 15

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

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    Peter Jankovskis director of research at Oakbrook Investments summarizes what's been happening on the financial markets.

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  • WBR: Nigeria awaits election result Mon 30 Mar

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

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    As the results of Nigeria's presidential election continue to come in, the US and Britain have issued a joint statement expressing concern about possible "political interference". Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is facing a strong challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. The final outcome is expected on Tuesday and we hear from the BBC's Nkem Ifejikain Abuja. Also on the programme, the general election campaign gets underway in Britain with the economy playing a key role in the debate. The BBC's business editor Kamal Ahmed explains the arguments on all sides. We hear about Greece's reform plans to qualify for bailout funds from Brussels. Plus, in football, health professionals urge the English Premier League to look outside the alcohol industry for high profile sponsorship deals.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 27 Mar 15

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

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    Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York on an increase in the oil price due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.

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  • WBR: Nigeria Decides, 27 Mar 15

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

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    As Nigerians get ready to vote, we ask how badly Africa's biggest economy has been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, and whether the next president will be able to restore international investor confidence. We speak to the boss of a mobile payments company in the capital, Lagos, and also a textile businessman in the northern city of Kano about their election hopes. The US state of Indiana is threatened with a trade boycott over a new law that many see as a way to allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. We hear from those trying to promote the state capital for conventions and tourism. In the era of digital downloads, how do modern musicians make their money - we have a special report.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 26 Mar 15

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

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    Renewed tension in the Middle East is taking its toll on the financial markets. Oil prices have been volatile, and shares lower, after a coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen against Shia Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia says its air strikes have destroyed the Houthi combat and control centre in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia accuses Iran, which is overwhelmingly Shia, of backing the rebels in their efforts to overthrow the Yemeni government. Mike Johnson asked Cary Leahy of Decision Economics about the effect on the markets. But first, Kate Dourian, senior editor at the Middle East Economic Survey in Dubai - how big a threat did she think the conflict was to international oil supplies?

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  • WBR: Germanwings 'deliberate' crash, 26 Mar 15

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

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    27 mins

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    French prosecutors say the co-pilot on Germanwings flight 9525 appeared to want to "destroy the plane", so what are the implications for security in the airline industry following the tragedy in the French Alps? Oil prices jump and market shares trade lower after a coalition led by Saudi Arabia launches air strikes in Yemen against Shia Houthi rebels. Twitter joins the live video streaming race, taking on Meerkat - the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tells us why the battle is being so fiercely fought. We hear how a lack of electricity is short-circuiting the ambitions of entrepreneurs in the west African nation of Ghana. And our regular commentator, Irwin Stelzer, of the Hudson Institute in Washington, talks us through the impact of so-called 'disruptive technologies'.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 25 Mar 15

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    As Schlumberger, the world’s largest oil-field services company, agrees to pay $232.7 million for violating U.S. sanctions in Iran and Sudan, we speak to Nicole Hong, Legal Reporter for the Wall Street Journal for the latest on the government’s extended crackdown on companies doing business with countries the U.S. has declared off limits. We also hear from Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey on latest from the US markets.

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  • WBR: Heinz Kraft Merger Creates New food Giant

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    It's the latest mega-merger in the world of food as Heinz reveals plans to merge with Kraft. We'll hear how the deal is being driven by a desire to cut costs, as many people demand fresher, less processed food. Nigerians will be voting for a new government this weekend. We speak to Oseun Odewale, a prominent opposition party member, about the huge issue of corruption in his country. Facebook is in talks with major news publishers like the The New York Times and BuzzFeed to include their content directly within the site’s pages. So does Facebook want to become the new internet? Josh Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University gives us his assessment.

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