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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 15 Sept 14

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

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    Nervousness over Tuesday's Fed meeting and concerns over Scotland's independence vote hit Wall Street, as Robert Brusca of Fact and Opinion Economics explained.

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  • WBR: Microsoft buys Minecraft maker for $2.5bn 15 Sep 14

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

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    27 mins

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    So how will it make money from the popular computer game? World environmental campaigners ask philanthropists to step in to avert climate change. We hear from one of the campaign organisers. As Google launches its $100 Android One handset, we explore the battle for the smartphone market in India. Can it see off the competition? Also in the programme, we examine the possible economic gains of the European Space Agency's upcoming attempt to land a probe on a comet for the first time ever. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway gives us her view on perfecting a sales pitch.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 12 Sep 14

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

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    Rumours that eBay might be targeted by Google led to a rise in tech shares on Wall Street, as Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading explains.

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  • WBR: Fresh Sanctions Against Russia 12 Sep 14

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

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    The US and EU impose a new round of sanctions on Russia, despite a shaky ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Russia's defence, energy and financial sectors are being targeted. Also, ahead of Sweden's election this weekend, we assess if the stubbornly high unemployment rate might see the country's government change. We report on 'aquaponics' - a method of growing food using a water supply linked to a fish tank. Plus we look back at the week's biggest business stories with Jesse Eisinger, senior reporter at ProPublica in New York and Katie Martin, markets editor at the Wall Street Journal in London.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 11 September 2014

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

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    Wall Street reacts to President Obama's proposals to tackle the threat of Islamic State.

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  • WBR: Tackling Terrorist Finances 11 Sep 14

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

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    27 mins

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    The US government launches a new international campaign to defeat Islamic State, with the group's funding a key target. The man who masterminded the Bush administration's efforts to combat Al Qaeda - Jimmy Gurule - tells us IS will be a much tougher opponent. With just a week to go until the Scottish Independence Referendum, we ask whether a "yes" vote could signal huge capital flight out of Scotland. Following a warning from French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, that the country's far-right National Front is at the "gates of power", we ask British economist Roger Bootle how the rise of such parties in Europe is putting pressure on the founding principles of the EU. Plus, we talk to the man trying to sell the world's most expensive parking spaces - priced at a cool $1mn each - and we take a look at the jobs crisis in Atlantic City, where casino closures have seen seen one quarter of the city's workforce lose their jobs within a month.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 10 September 2014

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

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    Microsoft is set to buy the maker of the computer game Minecraft according to the Wall Street Journal and U2 have given away their new album for free.

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  • WBR: Britain's Leaders Rush to Scotland 10 Sep 14

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

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    Opinion polls ahead of Scotland's independence vote appear to show an increase in support for independence. British Prime Minister David Cameron and other national political leaders have headed north to try to convince Scots to stay in the United Kingdom. British economist Michael Hughes and Brian Lucey, former economist at the Irish central bank, debate the merits of Scotland going it alone. Also Emilio Botin, chairman of Santander Bank, has died - we take a look at the man credited with transforming the company from a domestic Spanish lender into one of the world's biggest banks. Finally chief executive of video hosting site Vimeo, Kerry Trainor, talks about net neutrality and the threat of inequality in cyberspace.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 9 September 2014

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

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    We hear from the US on the big launch of Apple's new smartwatch and phones. And Joe Saluzzi us Themis Trading tells us what investors made of it.

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  • WBR: Carbon's threat to the world 09 Sep 14

    Tue, 9 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    A new study says the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is at a record high. We'll ask if business is doing enough to avert environmental catastrophe. We'll hear what Russia stands to gain, and lose, if it bans European flights in retaliation for sanctions. And the indigenous tribes of Peru who say their futures are threatened by illegal logging.

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