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Summary

  1. FTSE 100 falls 0.3% as miners drop
  2. Easyjet chief warns airport security must be tightened
  3. BT calls Vodafone chief's comments about broadband speeds 'highly misleading'
  4. ITV revenues helped by Rugby World Cup

Live Reporting

By Richard Anderson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night one and all

    That's a wrap for tonight folks. We'll see you again bright and early in the morning.

  2. US acts to block United Delta deal

    United Airlines plane

    The US Justice Department has taken action to stop United Airlines acquiring 24 more slots at Newark Airport, arguing that the move would lead to higher fares and less choice for passengers.

    "We know from experience what happens when competition is allowed to flourish," said assistant attorney general Bill Baer.

    "This transaction will have the opposite effect. That is why we are seeking this injunction."    

    United wants to buy the slots from Delta Air Lines and said it would "vigorously defend our ability to operate effectively, efficiently and competitively at Newark".

  3. VW poaches Apple driverless car expert

    VW sign

    Volkswagen may be reeling from the diesel emissions scandal and squirreling away billions to dollars to deal with the fallout, but that hasn't stopped it investing heavily in new technology.

    The troubled carmaker has just poached Johann Jungwirth from Apple to spearhead its digital strategy. According to media reports in the US, his brief will primarily be to develop self-driving cars.

  4. Wall Street recovers from early losses

    Having spent most of the day battling to recover from early losses, Wall Street is having a bit of a late afternoon rally, albeit a rather timid one.

    The main Dow Jones index is now up 27 points, or 0.2%, at 17,757.14. The wider S&P 500 is also up 0.2%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq is flat.

    US trader
  5. As bad as each other?

    One Business Live reader is unimpressed with both BT and Vodafone: 

    Quote Message: BT or Vodafone, they’re as bad as each other. I live in Kent just 30 miles from London – my download speed a derisory 3MB and BT have no plans to install fibre optic. Unfortunately I am on a company contract with Vodafone and can barely get a signal in my home standing close to one particular window, (even though I purchased one of their “Sure Signal” boxes). If you go outside, basically forget it. from Roger Cook
    Roger Cook
  6. No harm in waiting on rate rise, says IMF

    Maurice Obstfeld

    The International Monetary Fund's chief economist has warned the US that raising interest rates early is more risky that waiting.

    "I don't see huge risks at all to waiting," Maurice Obstfeld told the AFP news agency.

    "If for any reasons the Fed had to reverse that first interest rate increase, markets would interpret it as a big deal." 

    Many analysts think the Federal Reserve will raise rates next month.

  7. Police issue Black Friday warning

    The National Police Chiefs’ Council have told retailers to make sure they have enough staff on hand to cope with the inevitable deluge of bargain-hunting shoppers on Black Friday.

    "I urge retail companies and their store managers to ensure that they have sufficient security arrangements in place to cope with demand for heavily-promoted sales," said deputy chief constable Sue Fish.

    "I would encourage marketing departments to make store security staff and any business crime partnerships they may be members of aware of any changes in opening times designed to extend sales periods."

  8. Chipotle reopens after E. coli all clear

    Chipotle restaurant

    Mexican food chain Chipotle is to reopen the 43 restaurants in Washington state and Oregon it closed last week after an E. coli scare.

    After carrying out checks, health officials said they found no evidence of the bacteria.

    The restaurants will therefore be reopened "in the coming days", the company said.

  9. Google maps upgrade

    Here's one for the map-readers amongst you...

    Google has upgraded its Android Maps app so it can provide directions when not connected to the internet.  

    The software also lets devices find businesses' locations, opening hours and telephone numbers while offline.

    But one expert said budget-phone owners would now have to juggle data.

    Read the full story here.

  10. FTSE 100 closes lower - again

    London's leading shares have closed down for the second consecutive day as concerns about China's slowdown and weak global economic growth dominate investors' thoughts.

    The FTSE 100 index fell 0.3% to 6,275.28 points, with Anglo American falling 4.7% and Glencore down 4.2%.

    "Metals and miners continue to face strong headwinds as the Chinese economy continues to show no signs of stability," said one trader.

    On the continent, France's Cac 40 was flat, while Germany's Dax closed up 0.2%.  

  11. Low oil price 'a wake up call'

    Christine Lagarde

    The head of the International Monetary Fund has called the collapse in the price of oil a "splendid wake up call" for economies reliant on oil exports.

    Speaking in Qatar, Christine Lagarde said these economies needed to restructure to compensate for what looks like a prolonged period of low oil prices.

    "In the face of this new situation, triggered by the price of the oil which we see as not a short-term phenomenon but a longer-term phenomenon... measures have to be taken," she said.

    Many countries, including Libya, Iran, Algeria and Venezuela, need oil prices to be well above $100 a barrel to balance their budgets. The price of oil is currently $48.

  12. Alstom wins big Indian train contract

    Indian train

    French transport giant Alstom has won a €2.8bn contract to supply 800 electric trains to India's rail operator.

    The company will open a factory in Bihar to build the trains.

    A similar contract for diesel trains was awarded to General Electric on Monday. Both are part of the Indian government's push to modernise the country's vast railway system.

  13. Investors hang up on MTN

    MTN sign

    If South African telecoms giant MTN thought the resignation of its chief executive on Monday would help matters, it may have spoken too soon. 

    Sifiso Dabengwa walked the plank in the wake of the $5.2bn fine imposed by Nigerian regulators for MTN's failure to cut off unregistered SIM card users. 

    However, the company's shares have fallen a further 4% today in Johannesberg, bringing the total slide since the fine was announced to about 20%. MTN is still in talks with the Nigerian watchdog about negotiating a reduction in the huge penalty. 

  14. 'Dow Jones victim of hacking'

    Dow Jones has confirmed it has been a victim in a wider hacking case being investigated by US prosecutors, according to Reuters.

    Earlier, prosecutors extended criminal charges against three men connected with the cyberattack attack in 2014 against JP Morgan and a number of other financial institutions and publishers.    

  15. Call to scrap Germany's minimum wage

  16. European Commission presses VW

    VW sign

    European regulators have given Volkswagen 10 days to provide more information about the carmaker's admission that almost one million of its cars emit more carbon dioxide than originally claimed.

    "I can confirm that a letter was sent to the chief executive of Volkswagen," a spokesperson for the European Commission said.

    "The letter asks for some clarifications from Volkswagen [and] asks which models of cars are affected by the irregularities that Volkswagen reported on 3 November, as well as how many vehicles are affected." 

  17. US import prices continue falling

    Container ship

    US import prices fell by a more-than-expected 0.5% in October, thanks, surprise surprise, to cheap oil and a strong dollar.

    The Labor Department also revised down its figure for September to show a 0.6% decline in import prices.

    Import prices are now down more than 10% over the past year.

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  19. Wall Street opens down, again

    US trader

    Wall Street has opened slightly lower as investors continue to fret about global growth prospects and the slowdown in the Chinese economy.

    The main Dow Jones index is down 33 points, or 0.2%, at 17,697.61.

  20. How fast is Britain's broadband?

    Slower than much of the rest of Europe, as Vodafone's boss claimed this morning? 

    Our technology editor Rory Cellan-Jones examines the question here.

  21. Asda says no more Black Friday

  22. Dubai Air Show: female pilots wanted

    Reporter Russell Hotten writes:

    Being a pilot is a pretty male-dominated profession, especially in the conservative Gulf region. But fast-growing Emirates Airline, the world's fourth largest carrier, wants to change that.

    The airline's chief operating officer, Adel Al Redha, says the airline will in the future use far more female pilots and is looking to push many more through a new Flight Training Academy being built in Dubai.

    The Academy will initially train Emiratis to become pilots and the word has gone out that the airline is looking to recruit more women. There's been far more interest than in previous years, he says.

  23. Porsche results

    Porsche car

    Profits at Porsche, which is also Volkswagen's majority shareholder, have been hit by the emissions scandal.

    The carmaker saw nine month net profit plunge by more than half to stand at €1.19bn from €2.5bn a year ago.

    It's not completely surprising - the firm had already cut its guidance last month.

  24. Lufthansa staff to extend strike

    Demonstrators at Lufthansa on 6 November

    The cabin crew strike at Lufthansa is expanding tomorrow to affect all the airline's flights.

    The strike started on Friday in a dispute over benefits, but only affected three German airports.

    Now, Lufthansa has confirmed that all its flights will be affected from 03:00 GMT on Wednesday until 23:00 on Friday.

    Lufthansa says it has filed for injunctions to prevent the strike action.

  25. Opting out of Black Friday

    Branch of REI

    If you're impressed with Asda deciding not to do Black Friday deals, you'll love the US outdoor gear retailer REI, which has gone a step further.

    The co-operative retailer announced last month that it is going to be closing all 143 of its shops for the day.

    It's giving all of its employees an extra, paid day off and encouraging customers to spend the time outside instead with a promotional hashtag #optoutside.

  26. Touring the Bank of England

    Page of the Guardian

    For today's Guardian, Larry Elliottt and Jill Treanor have been given an extensive tour of the Bank of England.

    They find out how often the security man has his pink frock coat cleaned, learn where the gold is hidden and meet the resident locksmith.

  27. Black Friday online, or bunfight?

    Thousands of people visited stores overnight to get Black Friday offers

    Most people would probably prefer to shop for Black Friday products online "rather than have a fight in a supermarket," says James Miller, a senior retail consultant at Experian Marketing Services.

    Commenting on Asda's withdrawal from Black Friday sales this year, he says:

    Quote Message: In a sense the horse has already bolted - consumers are anticipating Black Friday discounts. We may see other retailers follow Asda’s lead and look to regain control of the Christmas season. There is a chance that the Black Friday phenomenon will fizzle out in the UK, over time. However, we can’t forget it is also a major online sales day. I can’t see Amazon giving up on it, so maybe we’ll see it become more about online sales than offline in the future."
  28. HMRC 'staggeringly bad' at answering calls

    BBC personal finance reporter Kevin Peachey writes...

    HM Revenue and Customs, reeling from a mauling by one Commons select committee, is now in front of another one. 

    HMRC boss Lin Homer has just told the Treasury Committee that it has been taking on staff to answer calls in the evenings. 

    It was accused by Conservative MP Mark Garnier of being “staggeringly bad” at answering calls to the extent that it would have gone bust with its performance were it in the private sector.

  29. Dubai Air Show: 'More arms sales please'

    BBC reporter Russell Hotten writes:

    Plane at Dubai Air Show

    The Dubai show has been all about defence deals, but the US military giants want more. US Air Force Secretary Deborah James told reporters she is open to speeding up regulatory approval for arms sales in the Middle East.

    It follows complaints that sales are going elsewhere because of the time it takes for Washington to approve orders.

    Jeff Kohler, a Boeing vice president, says companies and Gulf states are "a little frustrated" by delays.

    US defence firms have a huge presence at the show, as worries about the worsening security situation in the Middle East mean many states have upped their arms budgets. 

  30. Moody's changes AstraZeneca outlook to negative

    Moody's has changed AstraZeneca's outlook to negative from stable citing a changing cash flow to debt ratio as a result of investments.

  31. National Grid to issue more power alerts

    BBC industry correspondent John Moylan writes:

    A general view shows pylons and Ferrybridge C power station

    The Chief Executive of National Grid, Steve Holliday, has said that the company expects to issue 7 alerts this winter to balance supply and demand for electricity.

    Last week the company issued its first such warning in 3 years due to multiple breakdowns at power plants and low wind conditions hitting generation from wind farms.

    That resulted in some power plants generating more electricity. It also saw National Grid use a new tool which involved paying some large firms to reduce their demand on the network.

    Steve Holliday told the BBC this morning that he expected the margin between supply and demand on the network this winter to be "tight but manageable" under normal circumstances.    

  32. BT 'amazed' at Vodafone broadband comment

    BT logo

    A BT spokesperson has said the firm is "amazed" that Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao told the BBC that broadband speeds are faster in southern Europe, saying the UK is "streets ahead" in terms of coverage.

    Quote Message: Fibre coverage stands at 90% in the UK compared with just 25% in Italy so we are amazed that Vodafone are suggesting the UK can learn from southern Europe. The UK is a broadband leader and much of that is down to the billions of pounds that BT has invested whilst other companies have sat on the sidelines with their hands in their pockets.
  33. BT says Vodafone comments 'highly misleading'

    BT has said comments made to the BBC by Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao are "highly misleading".

    Responding to Mr Colao's comment that BT is trying to "remonopolise" the telecoms sector, a BT spokesperson said:

    Quote Message: The UK is one of the most competitive telecoms markets in the world and it is highly misleading to suggest otherwise. Independent [European Commission] data shows that BT has a 33% market share, one of the lowest in Europe.
  34. BT Openreach 'should be independent'

    BT has faced calls from rivals for its infrastructure division Openreach to be spun off into a separate company. Over the summer, Vodafone moved into the domestic broadband market. It, like other providers, is dependent on BT for the last part of the connection into people's homes.  Vittorio Colao, chief executive of the Vodafone Group, says:

    Quote Message: Openreach is clearly, in this moment, not working to help competition and choice. It's making extra profits out of what [it charges] to British consumers, and instead it should be an independent company really bringing new generation networks, fibre networks, to the homes of British citizens.
  35. BT 'trying to remonopolise the sector' says Vodafone boss

    Vittorio Colao

    Vittorio Colao, chief executive of the Vodafone Group, has concerns about BT's plans to buy EE. He says BT and one of its shareholders Deutsche Telecom "clearly are trying to remonopolise" the UK telecoms sector. "They are trying to unwind 30 years of competition," he says, and use "their old copper network to force old technologies, slow lanes, to become the way to deliver broadband". He says that broadband speeds are faster in southern Europe.

  36. Cameron wants 'legally binding' changes on migration

    On restricting benefits for migrants, Mr Cameron is questioned as to whether a treaty change to make this possible is achievable in the timescale in which the UK wants to hold a referendum. 

    Mr Cameron says: "What we're looking for is changes that are legally binding and are irreversible... including treaty changes that get agreed and go into action after a referendum." 

    Changes must be agreed by all 28 member states, he says.

  37. Timing of EU referendum

    David Cameron says: "The first you'll hear about the timing of the referendum will be after I secure the changes I need."

    He's obviously noticed the newspaper reports suggesting the vote could be as soon as June next year, but clearly doesn't want to be drawn on it.

    But he adds that he will need progress in all areas before the vote.

    The deadline is the end of 2017.

  38. Cameron speech coverage on BBC Politics Live

    Here on the Business Live page we're concentrating on business implications of David Cameron's speech on EU reform. For readers who want more in-depth coverage, the BBC Politics Live page is very useful.

  39. 'Once-in-a-generation choice' on EU

    David Cameron assures voters in the forthcoming referendum that the outcome "will be the final decision".

    He stresses that if the country votes to leave there will not be further negotiations and another vote.

    It will be a "once-in-a-generation choice", he says.

  40. Questions about migration statistics

    Head of the Royal Statistical Society Hetan Shah wonders why the analysis behind the Prime Minister's figures on migrants claiming benefits has not been published.

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  41. Pressures of migration 'are too great'

    David Cameron says that at the moment the pressures on schools and hospitals in the UK from EU migration "are too great".

    He says that we need to reduce the draw that our welfare system creates across Europe.

    And he has outlined some of the ways he plans to do that, such as preventing EU migrants claiming in-work benefits or social housing for four years, and preventing child benefit being paid for children living overseas.

  42. Opting out of ever-closer union

    David Cameron says that his interest in flexibility and co-operation among independent nations is just as valid as those who want ever-closer union.

    So he's calling for other EU leaders to sign up to legally-binding undertakings that the commitment to ever-closer union is not a commitment that should apply to Britain.

  43. Cameron calls for safeguards for non-euro users

    The Prime Minister will call for "recognition that the EU is a union with more than one currency" and that businesses must not be put at a disadvantage because they use a different currency.

    He also says that things like banking union must be voluntary for countries that do not use the euro.

  44. Cameron wants 'substantial' migration changes

    David Cameron adds a fourth key challenge facing the EU, to add to the three he laid out in a speech on the EU three years ago.

    The extra challenge is migration.

    "Countries need greater controls to manage the pressure of people coming in," he says, admitting that the changes he is calling for are "substantial".

  45. Cameron starts EU speech

    David Cameron

    Prime Minister David Cameron has kicked off his speech on the UK's future in the EU at Chatham House.

    He says the referendum on the EU will be the most important decision that people in Britain make at the ballot box in their lifetimes.

    You can watch the speech online here.

  46. Oil price 'to stay under $80 until 2020'

    Oil facility in Argentina

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is predicting a sustained period of low oil prices.

    Its latest World Energy Outlook report says crude oil will not return to $80 a barrel until 2020.

    But it's warned that would leave everyone relying on a small number of low-cost producers for their energy.

    It's worth mentioning that the ability of experts in general to predict what is going to happen to oil prices has been mediocre in the past.

  47. BHP clean-up costs

    Business page of the Times

    The top story on the Times business pages is the bill that BHP Billiton is going to have to pay after the collapse of two dams at the Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil led to a nearby village being swamped by muddy waste. 

    Two people are dead and another 25 currently missing.

    The paper reckons that cleaning up the mess, rebuilding the dam and accounting for lost earnings would take the total bill into billions of pounds.

  48. Cameron 'may find a deal' in EU

    BBC Business Live

    Zsolt Darvas

    Mr Cameron's list of reform objectives is "moderately ambitious", Zsolt Darvas of European economic think tank Bruegel says. "It may not be that difficult to find a deal which both parties... will declare as victory." Migration issues will be likely to "provoke a huge debate", but a deal can be reached, he says.

  49. Keeping the lights on

    BBC Breakfast

    Steve Holliday, National Grid

    National Grid boss Steve Holliday has been on BBC Breakfast talking about keeping the lights on this winter.

    "On gas we believe we've got plenty of supply. On electricity a number of power stations shut during the course of last year so the margin is tighter than it was last year," he says.

    But he adds that the company has taken steps to ensure there's enough backup supply and says: "we're confident that we can balance supply and demand, minute by minute, even on the coldest moment of the winter".

  50. Asda to 'spread savings across Christmas season'

    Staff tried to keep order at an Asda superstore in Wembley, London as customers competed over items

    Asda has said it will "step back" from Black Friday sales this year due to "shopper fatigue", and will instead offer "sustained savings spread across a traditional seasonal shop". Last year Black Friday sales turned ugly as shoppers scrapped over items such as flat screen TVs, including in some Asda stores.

  51. Steph's top tips

    BBC Breakfast

    Steph serving food on Breakfast

    On BBC Breakfast, Steph McGovern is working hard finding out about tipping policies.

    Quote Message: If you leave a tip by cash that will go to the employee or to their scheme where they share it out amongst them, but basically the employees own it. But if you pay by card then the employer can take part of that if not all of it for an admin fee, for a service charge, and that is where the problem lies because it won't necessarily go to the person who served you.
  52. ITV revenues helped by Rugby World Cup

    Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand goes past Michael Hooper of Australia

    UK broadcaster ITV has reported a 7% rise in revenues for the year to September to £1.5bn, helped by the Rugby World Cup. "As we expected, share of viewing has improved in the second half driven by strong performances in daytime, the soaps and the Rugby World Cup, and continuing this trend remains a key focus for the business," said chief executive Adam Crozier.

  53. Hornby warns on profits

    Hornby model railway

    The model railway company Hornby has issued a profits warning.

    It says disruption to its European business caused by management changes and the introduction of new business management software means sales will be lower than expected.

    As a result of this, it's now expecting to report a pre-tax loss of about £2m for the full year.

  54. Premier Foods narrows losses

    Mr Kipling Cherry Bakewells

    Premier Foods, the company behind brands such as Mr Kipling cakes and Oxo, has narrowed its pre-tax losses in the first half of its year to £5.1m from £54.7m in the same period last year.

    Chief executive Gavin Darby says "the industry backdrop remains a challenging one" but he's planning to spend more on marketing in the next six months and has not changed the profit predictions.

  55. National Grid set to sell UK gas pipelines

    A gasometer is surrounded by houses in Bath

    National Grid is looking to sell a majority stake in its UK gas distribution business, it has announced. The National Gas UK distribution business has 82,000 miles of pipeline, and delivers gas to around 11 million domestic, industrial and commercial customers. In the first half, National Grid profit before tax rose 15% to £1.35bn.

  56. Xi prompts Greene King export boom

    Photo of Guardian story

    Remember David Cameron inviting Chinese President Xi Jinping to his local pub for a pint?

    Well, the Guardian says it has prompted an explosion in demand in China for Greene King IPA, which they were drinking.

    A British businessman who imports Greene King into China tells the paper: "We are now completely out of stock in our warehouse in Beijing of everything to do with Greene King."

  57. Airport security problems 'are global'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Following a call for improved security at airports from Easyjet chief executive Carolyn McCall, Philip Baum, editor of Aviation Security International, tells the Today programme: "It's not restricted to the developing world, we have a problem even in the UK or in American airports - we have to address some of the fundamental failures in aviation security." These include possibilities of insider threats, and access control problems - but passengers don't need to be put through any more security screening, he says.

  58. EU 'will not reform in referendum timescale'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Mr Cameron's list of reforms that he wants from the EU: to retain access to the single market, opt out of closer union, be more competitive, and restrict benefits for migrants, will not be achievable in treaty form in a short time scale, Stuart Thomson of law firm Bircham Dyson Bell says. If Mr Cameron wants a referendum early next year, the government is "never going to get a treaty change, but they might get the promise of a treaty change. Now the trouble is, that's not going to be enough for a lot of the eurosceptics in the Conservative party, but also for a lot of... the electorate," he says.

  59. Athletics scandal threatens funding

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Athletics track

    Wake Up to Money has been talking about the athletics doping scandal with Andy Brown, editor of the Sport Integrity Initiative website.

    He's been pointing out how cycling lost sponsors after its own doping scandal and says the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) must also be worried about its funding.

    Quote Message: If you are the IAAF you have to be worried that one of your sponsors is a Russian bank. Can they continue taking money from a Russian bank given that they're expected to announce their [Russia's] imminent suspension.
  60. Easyjet passengers 'home by the weekend'

    Carolyn McCall

    Easyjet chief executive Carolyn McCall has said the firm aims to get all passengers stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh home by the weekend.

    Speaking to BBC Business editor Kamal Ahmed, she said:

    Quote Message: We had about 4,500 passengers in Sharm [last] Wednesday, which is when this kicked off. We will have by the end of today [Monday 9 November], brought back 1,500 of them. By the end of the weekend, we would hope to have brought back all of the delayed passengers.
  61. Sending a letter to the EU

    David Cameron holding a letter

    So, the focus for the day is on the letter that Prime Minister David Cameron has sent to European Council President Donald Tusk setting out what reforms he'd like to see to the EU.

    He'll be giving a speech this morning, after which the letter will be released.

    Apparently, it will be based round these four issues:

    • protection of the single market for Britain and other non-euro countries
    • boosting competitiveness
    • exempting Britain from "ever-closer union" and bolstering national parliaments
    • restricting EU migrants' access to in-work benefits
  62. Easyjet chief warns airport security must be tightened

    BBC Business editor Kamal Ahmed writes...

    She is the chief executive of Easyjet who has spent five days battling to fly home tourists stranded at Sharm el-Sheikh airport. A possible terror attack on a Russian airliner left 224 people dead. It is her first interview since the terror crisis left the travel plans of thousands in chaos.

    Read Kamal's blog here.

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    Welcome to another day of Business Live. Today we may find out what reforms David Cameron wants for the European Union. Keep telling us what you think via bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk or @bbcbusiness.