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Summary

  1. US adds 215,000 jobs in March
  2. Brent crude back below $40 a barrel
  3. Losses more than double at Co-op Bank
  4. Sainsbury's wins battle to buy Argos
  5. National Living Wage rises to £7.20 per hour

Live Reporting

By Karen Hoggan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from me on the Business Live page for another day.

    We'll be back at 6am on Monday morning with all the latest news and reactions. 

    So do join us then. 

  2. Brussels airport 'likely to reopen'

    Brussels main airport is likely to reopen on Sunday, Reuters is reporting.

    It says the police and the government have settled a dispute over new security arrangements following the bomb attacks on 22 March.

    It's thought they've agreed all passengers will be screened on arrival.

  3. Wall Street closes up following jobs figures

    Wall Street sign

    Having begun the trading day heading lower, shares in New York subsequently rallied and closed up.  

    It seems investors were encouraged by upbeat US jobs and factory figure which could point to stronger company results - but not necessarily mean an imminent rise in interest rates.

    Here are those figures in full ...

    In New York the Dow Jones closed at 17,792.75 - a rise of 107.66 points or 0.61%. 

    The Nasdaq was up 44.69 points (0.92%) - at 4,914.54.

    And the S&P 500 rose 13.04 points or 0.63% to 2,072.78.

  4. National Living Wage means 'our prices are going up'

    And earlier, this is what one interviewee - a small business owner - told  Radio 5 live ...

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  5. How will National Living Wage affect over 25s?

    And another view on the National Living Wage ...

    Quote Message: By 2020, on current projections, the much higher minimum wage that George Osborne is promising us will affect directly or indirectly close to 20% of people over 25 in the labour force. That's really quite a lot, and much more than in most other developed countries. from Jonathan Portes, National Institute of Economic and Social Research Principal Research Fellow
    Jonathan Portes, National Institute of Economic and Social ResearchPrincipal Research Fellow
  6. National Living Wage 'a risk'

    Think back a few hours - and you may remember that today was the day the National Living Wage came into effect in the UK. 

    Well, since then, of course, there's been plenty of opportunity to gather opinion about it.

    Quote Message: Well there's clearly lots of people who will benefit from the increase in the National Living Wage. I think the overall judgement is though - it's a risk. We don't know what the negative impact on jobs and hours will be. We don't know who will really be paying for the increase in the living wage. In that sense , it's uncertain and therefor a risky policy. from Carl Emmerson Deputy director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
    Carl EmmersonDeputy director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  7. Javid says Port Talbot steel production has a future

    Sajid Javid talking to Port Talbot steel workers

    As we posted earlier, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has been in Port Talbot today

    He told workers there is a future for steel production at Port Talbot, insisting the government is on "their side".

    Hundreds of Tata Steel workers gathered to demand answers from Mr Javid as he left a meeting at the plant.

    Holding a "Save our Steel" banner, workers asked him: "So you're not going to let us go to the wall?"

    He said he would be "fully involved" in talks over a possible sale and there were "viable buyers" out there.

  8. Zimbabwe's local ownership deadline passes

    BBC World Service

    In Zimbabwe a deadline for foreign companies to transfer the majority of their shares to local ownership has passed. 

    There are conflicting reports about how many firms have complied with the controversial indigenisation law. 

    A previous deadline two years ago was largely ignored. The government has said that any company that does not comply will have its operating licence cancelled. 

    The law's supporters say it is a necessary measure to bring the economy under local control, but critics say it will scare away foreign investment and increase unemployment.   

  9. South African president states his 'willingness to pay'

    BBC World Service

    Close up of Jacob Zuma
    Image caption: Close up of Jacob Zuma

    President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has said he will abide by the ruling of the country's highest court that he should pay back some of the public money spent on his rural home. 

    On Thursday the court ruled that Mr Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring the findings of an official anti-corruption watchdog.

     In an address to the nation, Mr Zuma apologised for the confusion caused by his actions, but insisted that he had not behaved dishonestly. 

    The two main South African opposition parties had urged President Zuma to resign over the ruling.

  10. French telecoms merger is off

    French phone shop

    France's No 1 telecoms operator Orange has confirmed it has ended negotiations to take over smaller rival Bouygues Telecom to create the country's biggest telecoms group.

    In a statement Orange said 'After in-depth discussions, the Board of Directors of Orange has concluded that an agreement regarding a possible consolidation with Bouygues Telecom has not been reached.'

    Meanwhile Bouygues said its board had been unanimous in deciding to end talks with Orange. 'In a market where the possibility of consolidation is now ruled out for the long term, Bouygues Telecom will continue its standalone strategy.'

  11. French telecoms merger appears to be off

    orange and Bouygues logos

    Reuters are reporting that merger talks between state-controlled telecoms group Orange and Bouygues Telecom to create France's biggest telecoms operator have failed. 

  12. Would these spoof ads have fooled you?

    Marketing Week magazine tweets

    OK - so I said no more April Fool's Day references, but I just can't resist this round-up of spoof ad campaigns ... some more believable/funny - than others.   

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  13. How do UK salaries compare?

    ONS tweets

    On the day the National Living Wage has come into effect the Office for National Statistics has this guide ...

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  14. Business Secretary visits Tata's Port Talbot plant

    Port Talbot steel workers protesting

    The Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, has visited the threatened Port Talbot steel works this afternoon - and said accusations that the British government blocked European Union plans to impose higher tariffs on cheap Chinese imports "could not be further from the truth": 

    Quote Message: The UK has been the leader in the EU in getting tariffs imposed where there has been evidence of dumping. Now clearly in this industry, that evidence exists. And since we've been involved and since personally I've been involved calling an emergency council meeting months ago, we've seen tariffs imposed and we've seen them imposed much more quickly. The reality is the UK has been a leader in getting tariffs imposed where the evidence exists. from Sajid Javid Business Secretary
    Sajid JavidBusiness Secretary