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Summary

  1. FTSE 100 falls below 6,000 points
  2. Pound falls on Brexit uncertainty
  3. UK inflation remains at 0.3% in May
  4. Yield on German 10-year bonds turn negative for the first time

Live Reporting

By Bill Wilson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That is all from us at the business live page once again, see you early on Wednesday morning. 

  2. US stocks retreat for fourth day

    US shares fell for a fourth session in a row on Tuesday, ahead of the next meeting of the Federal Reserve. 

    The prospect of a rate hike is seen as slim. However traders will closely analyse the Fed chair Janet Yellen's speech on Wednesday for indicators about the health of the economy and any clues as to future rate increases.

    Investors are also increasingly keeping an eye on the UK, and the upcoming vote on whether to leave the European Union.

    At close of trade in New York, the Dow Jones was down by 0.33% at 17674.82, the Nasdaq by 0.10% at 4835.55, and the S&P 500 by 0.18% at 2075.32.

  3. Rocking the workplace boat

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  4. The office that has shown email the rubbish bin

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    Video caption: A company has banned email and seen productivity boom
  5. Thameslink woes hit Go-Ahead shares

    Thameslink train

    Shares in transport group Go-Ahead have plunged today after it warned of lower-than-expected profit margins for its Govia Thameslink rail franchise.

    It said its GTR franchise - the UK's biggest rail franchise - was operating in "a very challenging operational and industrial relations environment".

    The GTR franchise operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services.

    Go-Ahead shares closed 18%, or 438p, lower at £19.95.

  6. 'Unrealistic' advertising models or not?

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    Video caption: The mayor of London is to ban adverts that promote 'unrealistic' body images.

    As the live page reported yesterday the new mayor of London Sadiq Khan will, from next month, ban ads on the Transport for London bus, tube and train network which promote an "unrealistic" body image. But what exactly is meant by "unrealistic"? Susannah Streeter speaks to public relations professional Sarah Hall, and asks how easy it will be to decide which models were looking too unrealistic.

  7. Wall Street down ahead of Fed meet

    Dow Jones

    US markets were down ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting, with the prospect of a rate hike seen as slim.

    However traders will closely analyse the Fed's chair Janet Yellen's speech on Wednesday for indicators about the health of the economy and any clues as to future rate increases.

    In afternoon trade in New York, the Dow Jones was down by 0.64%, the Nasdaq by 0.50%, and the S&P 500 by 0.58%.

  8. 'Dictatorship hinders enterprise'

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  9. Virgin Active sells 35 gyms to Nuffield Health

    Nuffield Health Canary Wharf club

    Virgin Active is selling 35 UK gyms to healthcare group Nuffield Health. The deal, which is for an undisclosed price, will take the not-for-profit group up to 112 gyms.

    Steve Gray, chief executive of Nuffield Health, said the acquisition was "a great move forward" and would help it to offer broader health and wellbeing services. The deal is expected to be completed in the third quarter.

  10. The stench of Brexit...

    FTSE 100 screen

    Mark Dampier, research director at Hargreaves Lansdown, comments on today's market turmoil:

    Quote Message: The stench of Brexit is stalking the streets of the City. The market is now at levels last seen in February when the vote was announced. Back then the FTSE 100 bottomed at 5,536.97 points. Given the opinion polls, the dramatic change seen in the betting odds and low sentiment in general towards world stock markets, it seems quite possible we could see further falls as an increasing probability of Brexit is being priced in. While markets await the result of voting on 23 June, this fall could well represent a great long-term buying opportunity."
  11. Job worries around Scottish oil industry

    Oil rig

    More from BBC 5live Business Reporter Colletta Smith, who's in Aberdeen speaking to local people about the impact of the drop in oil price in the last couple of years and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs.

    Neil Wylie was made redundant from his job as a machinist in the oil industry in October and is now working part-time as a receptionist. 

    He said he has a young family and that it was a big shock. "It's not just a local crisis, it's national, but it's not getting the time and attention it needs.  I looked into retraining to something which is needed but you can't get the money to retrain"

    Brian Mercer is from Theon, an oil and gas consultancy, and he said they've had to reduce their permanent staff by 40%

    "Look at the oil and gas industry in London, which is also significant, but it's also dramatically scaled back.  But the impact around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is more because this is the biggest industry in the area."

  12. Jury considers Stairway to Heaven suit

    Rock band Led Zeppelin in 1973

    A jury in Los Angeles will today begin considering whether one of the most familiar songs in the history of rock music was the result of plagiarism.

    Members of seminal UK band, Led Zeppelin, have denied that Stairway to Heaven was copied from a song by the group Spirit.

    The case was brought by trustees for Spirit guitarist, Randy Wolfe, who died nearly twenty years ago.

    It's thought that if the court finds against Led Zeppelin, any damages could run to tens of millions of dollars.

  13. FTSE falls again on Brexit worries

    Fourth straight day of losses

    FTSE close

    After a brutal day the FTSE 100 has closed down by 2%, closing below the 6,000 mark at 5,923.53.

    It came after polls showed the campaign for the UK to leave the European Union had widened its lead before next week's vote. 

    The London benchmark index shed 121 points, with miners Anglo American, Antofagasta, and BHP Billiton among the major fallers. Sky was also one of the biggest losers.

    Builders were under pressure too, with Berkeley Group and Barratt Developments also tumbling.

    Earlier in the day City of London Markets trader Markus Huber had warned: "Markets will continue to price in a worst-case scenario meaning further declines are likely in the days ahead except if there would be a substantial shift in public opinion or some kind of verbal intervention from politicians or central bankers to bring back calm into the markets."

  14. TTIP and EU referendum: Jones v Reeves

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    Video caption: Digby Jones and Rachel Reeves talk Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
  15. Sir Philip Green to attend Commons hearing on BHS

    Sir Philip Green

    After threatening not to appear before the House of Commons joint committee of MPs looking into the collapse of BHS, its former owner Sir Philip Green has said he will now attend on Wednesday. 

    The retail tycoon had claimed that committee chair Frank Field was "biased" and had been conducting a "trail by media".

    In a statement Sir Philip now says: "I did not think or believe that those conducting a Parliamentary process would or should express concluded views in such a public way before I have had the chance to appear before the committee.

    “Having given long and hard thought to the matter however,  I have decided I will attend tomorrow morning, hoping and trusting that the committee will give me a fair hearing.

    “This will be the first and only opportunity I have had to tell my side of the very sad BHS story and I will do my best to answer all the questions put to me in an honest and open way.”

  16. Your questions answered about living abroad

    Reality Check

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    Lots of you have got in touch with the BBC about what a possible exit from the EU might mean for travel and living abroad. We've answered some of your questions below. 

    Read the full Reality Check here.

  17. How McDonald's kept Ken Loach off the bread line

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    Ken Loach

    Ken Loach, the leftwing film director who recently won the top prize - the Palme D'Or - at the Cannes film festival for the second time for I, Daniel Blake, has revealed a secret.

    He once directed a TV commercial for McDonald's in 1990, when work was thin on the ground. “It sits really badly on my conscience,” Loach says in a new documentary, the Guardian reports.

    Asked at the Sheffield Doc/Fest on Monday whether taking the fast food chain's shilling was more embarrassing than having voted Tory as a student, the director replied: “Oh, the McDonald’s advert by far.”   

  18. Oil price boom or gloom for Aberdeen?

    Oil rig

    With oil industry leaders meeting in Aberdeen, in the north-east of Scotland, for their annual conference today, BBC 5live's Colletta Smith is spending the day in the city looking at the impact the low oil price has had on local people.

    House prices have dropped around 5% in the last year and Bill Barclay,  a partner at solicitors and estate agents Raeburn, Christie, Clark & Wallace says changes in the oil industry are part of the reason,

    "Over the last six to nine months we have seen a lot of properties come on to the market from where people working in the oil industry are relocating back to America or down south," he says. 

    However, Aberdeen hasn't had it bad over the past decades, with house prices increases at times matching those in other boom areas such as the south-east of England.  In fact one couple told the BBC their house had grown in value from £50k to £800k over the past 40 years.

    And Keith Allen, managing partner at the same property company, remains buoyant.

    "We've been very lucky up here the last 35 years," he says.  "I am the eternal optimist and the market will come back and the oil industry will recover in Aberdeen."