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 30 Oct 2014

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

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    We get a comment from US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the positive US GDP numbers. Cary Leahy from Decision Economics tells us about the best performers of the day on Wall Street, Visa and Mastercard. And we get an update on the deal signed between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission to secure gas supplies.

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  • WBR: Greek Stocks Fall on Banking Worries 30 Oct 14

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

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    28 mins

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    Shares in banks across southern Europe, particularly in Greece, take another tumble on concerns about their financial strength. We ask whether investors are right to be worried. It's a much rosier picture in the US, where the economy grew more than economists were expecting. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, publicly acknowledges his sexuality, saying he's "proud to be gay". We talk to Suki Sandu, head of the gay and lesbian business network OUTstanding, and ask whether sexual orientation matters in the business world. Plus, we're in Baghdad to assess the damage done to Iraq's economy by the war against IS, and we ask whether a simple "thank-you" from your boss would be enough to make you feel happier at work, rather than a pay-rise. That's the verdict of Gus O'Donnell, who's heading up a new government centre of wellbeing in the UK.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 29 Oct 14

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

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    How did Wall Street react to the Federal Reserve calling time on its quantitative easing programme? We speak to Doug McIntyre at the New York financial website 24/7 Wall Street.

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  • WBR: Fed Ends US Financial Stimulus 29 Oct 14

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

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    28 mins

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    The US central bank prepares to wind up the biggest ever economic stimulus programme. Two Federal Reserve insiders - Randy Kroszner and Andrew Huszar - tell us how the bank spent trillions and trillions of dollars. Did it really save the world from financial armageddon? Also in the programme, Zambia's president, Michael Sata, has died. We talk to Zambian economic consultant Oliver Saasa about his economic legacy. And we're in Mexico City, recently judged one of the worst places in the world to be a woman using public transport. Plus, digital detox: our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones goes cold turkey for a data-free day.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 28 Oct 14

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

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    Joe Saluzzi of Themis Trading in New Jersey rounds up a positive day for US markets and explains why some are hoping that the Fed will change course and continue its economic stimulus programme.

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  • WBR: Corruption scandal hits Spain 28 Oct 14

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    The prime minister says sorry, but how might Spain's international reputation be struck? Also in the programme, we have a report on how Luxembourg came to be a global centre for business and finance, and ask Nicolas Mackel, who heads up the government agency which develops the country's financial sector whether it is a tax haven for multinational corporations. Plus we talk to cheesemakers in Normandy about why they smell trouble ahead. And, tweet dreams, we talk to Dan Stowell, the developer of a mobile phone app aiming to identify birds through their song.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 27 Oct 14

    Mon, 27 Oct 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

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    The latest on disappointing Twitter results, and mediocre stock market trading.

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  • WBR: Bank Stress Test Results

    Mon, 27 Oct 14

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    27 mins

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    Most European banks pass a new round of stress tests but more than a dozen still need to raise capital, and were the tests stressful enough? Also in the programme, public anger grows in Hungary at the prospect of a new internet tax. The BBC's Lucy Hooker is there. We talk to Randeep Grewal, founder of independent Chinese energy firm Green Dragon Gas about whether it's possible to do business in China without paying bribes. And Lucy Kellaway from the Financial Times tells us why she prefers analogue to digital when it comes to keeping a diary.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 23 Oct 14

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

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    US investors remain concerned by suggestions of a global economic slowdown and the spread of the deadly ebola virus. Today's stock market report is by Jim Lebenthal.

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  • WBR: UK sparks EU budget row 24 Oct 14

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    The European Union demands more money from some member states after a budget recalculation. The UK - which has been sent a bill for $2.7bn, to be paid within a few weeks - is particularly angry. Struggling Greece has also been asked to pay more, but one of its MEPs is more philosophical. Also, we talk to the boss of Ukraine's national oil and gas company, Naftogaz, for the latest on its supply row with Russia's Gazprom. Plus, shareholders in banana company Chiquita vote against a merger deal with Irish rival Fyffes, which would have created the world's biggest banana firm.

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