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Summary

  1. Get in touch: bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk
  2. Pounds slides on May's 'hard Brexit' comments
  3. BMW to push on with Mexico investment
  4. Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover sales jump
  5. McDonald's sell China operation for $2bn

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By Chris Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight from London

    That's it from the Business Live page today. We're back tomorrow from 06:00 GMT.

  2. Dow and S&P 500 fall; Nasdaq rises

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed lower, hit by falls in energy and financial shares.

    Having come close to breaking the 20,000 barrier on Friday, the Dow lost 74 points to end at 19,888.

    The S&P 500 fell 8 points to close at 2,268. However, the Nasdaq climbed 10 points to finish at 5,531.

    With a 1.5% fall, Exxon Mobil was the biggest faller among Dow components. Energy shares were hurt by a sharp fall in the price of crude oil.

  3. Victory Motorcycles to close

    Victory Motorcycle

    Polaris Industries is shutting down its Victory Motorcycles brand.

    Victory had been going for 18 years, but had lost money in three of the past five years.

    The business only accounts for 3% of Polaris sales and the company says it will now concentrate on its Indian Motorcycle brand.

    However, US-based Polaris says it will continue to supply parts for Victory motorcycles for 10 years.

    Polaris also makes snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

  4. Chipotle sued

    BBC New York business editor John Mervin tweets:

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    Apparently she is upset that the chain allegedly used a photograph of her for marketing purposes without seeking permission.  

  5. Back-office deals...

    More on the potential sale of the Express titles - the Guardian's Mark Sweney tweets that talks with Trinity Mirror are about the Mirror publisher buying a stake, along with a back-office merger.

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  6. Call for Brexit 'clarity'

    The chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Torsten Muller-Otvos, wants "clarity and security" from the UK government in its Brexit negotiations. 

    The luxury car maker's boss tells BBC business editor Simon Jack he would like a better idea of "what happens when".  

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    Video caption: The chief executive of Rolls-Royce cars calls for Brexit 'clarity'
  7. Oil prices fall

    Oil

    Brent crude prices have sunk $2 a barrel to $55.30, while US oil is down $1.60 to $52.38.

  8. Trump makes son-in-law 'senior adviser'

    Jared Kushner

    So much for draining that swamp. US reports tonight say that Donald Trump will appoint his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to the position of senior adviser to the president. That could be potentially thorny choice in the face of anti-nepotism law. 

    The appointment of Mr Kushner, first reported by NBC, had been anticipated but it had been unclear what his official role would be. 

    Like the president-elect, Mr Kushner is a New York-based real estate developer with a wide net of business dealings that could pose potential conflicts of interest.

  9. Rival fashions bid for American Apparel

    American Apparel

    You may recall that the once funky clothing chain American Apparel has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and closed all is UK stores.

    The vultures are now fighting over the scraps and California-based Next Level Apparel has submitted an offer to challenge a $66m bid from Canadian rival Gildan Activewear for American Apparel, Reuters reports.

    It was not known whether any other bids submitted for American Apparel were qualified to challenge that from Gildan. 

    American Apparel and Gildan declined to comment and Next Level did not respond. 

  10. VW's 'surprise'

    VW sign

    Hinrich Woebcken, VW's chief executive for the North America region, has told reporters at the Detroit motor show the company was "surprised" by the criminal charge for Oliver Schmidt, who was general manager of  of VW's environmental and engineering office in Michigan.

    Schmidt was charged with fraud and conspiracy in not disclosing a cheating device used to rig US diesel emissions tests from 2006 until 2015. He is due to appear in US District Court in Miami later today, the Justice Department said.

    Another US Volkswagen employee, James Liang, was charged in September and pleaded guilty to misleading regulators about diesel emissions and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. His sentencing was delayed last week as prosecutors consider charging others, according to a court filing. 

  11. Deliveroo faces legal battle

    Deliveroo rider

    Deliveroo could have a legal battle on its hands. Law firm Leigh Day is advising its drivers and riders about taking action to gain rights such as the minimum wage, in a further challenge to the flourishing 'gig economy'. 

    "We will argue that Deliveroo has no reasonable grounds to argue that its riders are self-employed contractors and that it should immediately ensure that its riders are paid at least the National Minimum Wage and receive paid holiday," said lawyer Annie Powell.   

    In October two drivers represented by Leigh Day won the right to be treated as workers by Uber in a move which the taxi app operator is seeking to appeal against but could benefit tens of thousands of drivers across the country. 

    Deliveroo said on average its riders earned more than the national living wage. "Over 10,000 people apply to ride with us each week, which shows that working with Deliveroo is popular and valued by riders right across the country," a spokesman said. 

  12. Hammond hardens his stance

    Kamal Ahmed

    Economics editor

    The Chancellor appears to have delicately hardened his stance on any possible need for a transitional deal to smooth Britain’s progress out of the European Union.

    Before Christmas, Philip Hammond said that “thoughtful politicians” and officials on both sides of the Channel supported a longer timeframe than provided for by the two-year Article 50 process.  

    “Having a longer period to manage the adjustment between where we are now as full members of the European Union and where we get to in the future as a result of the negotiations that we will be conducting would be generally helpful,” he told the Treasury select committee.

    Mr Hammond might still believe that is the case, but, in his interview with RTE tonight, that route certainly did not sound like the preferred option.

    “Our first objective will clearly be to try to get everything negotiated and completed by April 2019,” he said.

    Many businesses - and certainly the finance sector concerned about the complexity of unravelling a 40-year-old relationship - believe that is simply not possible without significant damage to UK/EU economic relations.

  13. Brexit by April 2019?

    Philip Hammond

    The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has told Irish broadcaster RTE that the government's "first objective" with Brexit "will clearly be to try to get everything negotiated and completed by April 2019". 

    That apppears to be slightly harder language than he has used in the past.

    His comments come a day after Theresa May dismissed the idea that the UK could "keep bits of [EU] membership".

  14. Those Trump conflicts of interest in full...

    40 Wall Street

    Want to refresh your memory about Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest once he takes office? 

    They range from a building at 40 Wall Street (pictured), right through to his UK golf courses.

    By the way, one of Mr Trump's major lenders on his real estate projects is Deutsche Bank.

    The bank is in negotiations with the US justice department to settle a case involving misleading buyers when it sold mortgage bonds backed by risky loans.

    If Deutsche does not settle by inauguration day, Mr Trump's administration would be in charge of the negotiations.

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  15. Tesco simplifies distribution

    Matt Davies, Tesco's UK boss, said closing two distribution centres would "help to simplify our distribution operations so we can continue to serve our customers better. Our priority throughout this process has been our colleagues and we will continue to do all we can to support them at this time." 

    Tesco will be moving the grocery operations from its Welham Green site to an existing distribution site in Reading, where the workforce will be expanded. 

    It will also take on staff at its Middlesbrough centre, where most of the chain's general merchandising will be located. That will result in the closure of its Chesterfield distribution site. 

  16. Gardner criticises airports and airlines

    Frank Gardner

    BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner has criticised the time it takes airlines and airports to assist disabled passengers off planes.

    He says he was still waiting for help to disembark his flight at London Gatwick on Sunday night when the plane was being cleaned.

    Mr Gardner, who uses a wheelchair, said the incident was "a generic problem" at UK airports, not an exception.

    Easyjet said it had raised the issue with the firm responsible for disability access at Gatwick.

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  17. BreakingTesco axes 1,000 jobs

    Tesco

    Tesco plans to make 1,000 workers redundant as part of an overhaul of its UK distribution network. 

    The supermarket will close two distribution centres at Welham Green and Chesterfield, leaving it with 23.

    Tesco is expected to create 500 new roles as part of the shake-up, which will take place over the coming months.  

  18. FTSE ends higher

    Bad news for the pound has meant good news for the FTSE 100: the blue-chip index ended 0.4% higher at 7,237.7 points. 

    Glencore and Randgold Resources were the top risers, with Capita and Land Securities the biggest fallers.

  19. Oh Alexa...

    Amazon Alexa

    This may be my favourite story of the day. Amazon Echos decided to place orders after a TV news presenter in San Diego made a comment at the end of a story on a child who accidentally ordered a doll's house via the voice-activated gadget.

    He said: "I love the little girl saying 'Alexa ordered me a dollhouse'."

    This reportedly prompted Echo devices in some homes to wake up and try to order some of the toys.

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