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Summary

  1. Governor Carney calls for more diverse Bank of England
  2. Kristin Forbes steps down from key Bank committee
  3. Trump promises tax and regulation cuts in airline meeting
  4. Twitter's quarterly losses widen
  5. EDF: No casualties in plant fire
  6. Get in touch: bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk

Live Reporting

By Dan Macadam

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

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    That's all for another day at Business Live Towers. Thanks for keeping us company.

    Hope you can join us tomorrow - we'll be back bright and early at 06.00 GMT.

  2. Women account for 19% of global board roles

    Earlier, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney called for more diversity in the world of business and economics.

    A new study out this week suggests that on the issue of women in boardrooms at least, there's been "slow but positive" progress.

    Nearly 19% of board members at the world's largest companies were women last year, up from about 14% in 2012, according to advisory firm Egon Zehnder.

    The UK was one of 16 countries where the companies had three female board directors on average. 

    But the study of 1,500 major businesses also found that, worldwide, women held only 4% of chief executive roles.

  3. BreakingWall Street finishes at record high

    The three main US stock indexes jumped to fresh records, as President Trump promised to release his much-anticipated plans for tax cuts soon.

    In a meeting with airline bosses, Mr Trump said he'd bring out the "phenomenal" plans in the next two to three weeks.

    The Dow Jones rose 118 points to 20,179.49. 

    The tech-heavy Nasdaq went up 33 points to 5,715.18.

    And the S&P 500 closed 13 points higher at 2,307.35

    All three indexes were up 0.6%. "I think this is another 'Trump On' trade day, where we're finally seeing some of the proposed policies being put into place," said Chris Gaffney, president of world markets at EverBank. 

  4. Coke shares go flat

    Coke bottles

    Coca-Cola has been one of the biggest fallers on the Dow Jones index after it forecast a surprise drop in its full-year profit.

    The soft drinks giant said adjusted earnings this year would fall 1-4% from $1.91 per share in 2016, a bigger drop than analysts were expecting.

    Analysts said the fall was due to higher costs from refranchising its US bottling operations.

    Coca-Cola shares ended 1.8% lower.    

  5. Trump aide's Ivanka plug 'unacceptable'

    Kellyanne Conway

    The Republican standards tsar of the US Congress says a senior Trump aide was "wrong, wrong, wrong" to promote Ivanka Trump products on live television.

    Department store chain Nordstrom became the latest retailer to drop the US first daughter's clothing line earlier this month, citing a lack of sales.

    But presidential aide Kellyanne Conway told Fox News viewers on Thursday: "Go buy Ivanka's stuff."

    It comes a day after Donald Trump criticised Nordstrom's decision on Twitter.

  6. Native American tribe challenges pipeline

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    Map of pipeline

    A Native American tribe says it has filed a legal challenge to block work on a section of an oil pipeline approved by President Trump.

    The lawsuit was filed after a construction company won permission from the Trump administration to tunnel under Lake Oahe on the river Missouri. 

    Construction on the controversial $3.8bn (£3bn) oil pipeline has begun and is expected to be completed within three months. 

    The Standing Rock Sioux, whose reservation is just downstream, fears a leak would pollute its drinking water.

  7. 'Hawk' Forbes takes flight

    Kristin Forbes

    Kristin Forbes' departure from the Bank of England leaves it short of senior policymakers who are willing to raise interest rates, according to a former member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). 

    Andrew Sentance, a senior economic adviser at PwC, was on the Bank's interest rate-setting committe until 2011. 

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  8. Greek bond yields soar

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    BBC Business reporter

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    Yields on 2-year Greek bonds hit 10.09% on Thursday - their highest since last June - amid a disagreement between eurozone governments and the IMF about how to handle the countries bailout. 

    To get the next lot of rescue loans from the eurozone Greece needs to implement reforms which the eurozone ministers have to sign off on when they meet on 20 February. If Greece doesn't get the loans then it would run out of money to service its debt in July. 

    Greek debt stands at about 180% of the country's GDP. 

    The IMF isn't contributing to this third bailout but it says Greece needs debt relief to pay its mountainous debts and make its financial situation sustainable.

    But the eurozone, which has already given the country significant debt relief, is reluctant to go much further, although it would like the IMF to contribute to the rescue. 

  9. Natural selection?

    Katie Hope

    BBC business reporter

    Body Shop store

    "The Body Shop, founded by Dame Anita Roddick, was a pioneer using natural ingredients for its beauty products when it started out. 

    "It initially thrived, expanding rapidly, and by the 1980s was one of the most well-known brands on the High Street.  

    "But by the early 2000s, rivals, such as Boots, had caught up, and new challengers including Lush emerged.

    "And arguably the chain - which L'Oreal bought for £652m in 2006 - remains a lower-end and insignificant part of its huge portfolio of brands, which include skincare specialists Kiehl's, Lancome and Garnier, as well as fashion brands Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani." 

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  10. Brexit deal 'must protect financial services'

    City of London skyline

    One of the EU's top envoys has said a Brexit deal must benefit financial services sectors in both Europe and Britain. 

    "We must work towards a solution which eventually works for all," European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis told City AM. 

    Dombrovskis, in London today, said the EU's aim "certainly is not to punish the UK". 

    He also suggested London should retain its status as a global financial centre after it quits the bloc. 

  11. Italian banks reveal huge losses

    Unicredit branch

    Italy's biggest bank, Unicredit, has said it suffered a net loss of 11.8 billion euros (£10bn) last year after taking billions in charges to clean up its books.

    The lender is going through a major restructuring as it looks to remove almost 18 billion euros in bad debt and boost profitability.

    This week it launched Italy's biggest corporate share sale to raise more funds, and it's in the process of cutting 14,000 jobs.

    Meanwhile, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which is being bailed out by the Italian government, booked a net loss of 3.4 billion euros for 2016 after setting aside more money to cover for bad loans.

  12. Bank seeking more diversity - Carney

    Four members of the Bank of England MPC

    The Bank of England needs to embrace diversity of gender, ethnicity, age and background, governor Mark Carney has said. 

    Carney made his comments on the same day that Kristin Forbes, one of two women on the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee, said she would not seek a second term at the Bank. 

    In a speech, Carney said the BoE had targets to boost its proportion of female, black and Asian staff, but that it was important too to increase what he described as "cognitive diversity".

    The Bank needed to adopt the "spirit of the millennial" and embrace varied approaches to problem-solving, he added.

    Prof Forbes is stepping down in June at the end of her three-year term to pursue her career in US academia, the Bank said.

  13. Bank seeks to change 'dreaded experts' image

    Mark Carney

    Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says it is seeking to change the way people view the central bank. 

    The Bank needs to be trusted, as its decisions "impact every UK citizen", Mr Carney says in a speech in London. 

    But for people to "rely on us - the dreaded experts", the Bank needs to show it's becoming more diverse, he suggests. 

    "Reflecting the diversity of the people we serve can reduce misperceptions that we are experts making esoteric decisions in an ivory tower for the benefit of others." 

    Last year's EU referendum saw some Brexit campaigners criticise the role of experts.

    Conservative MP Michael Gove suggested during the campaign that people in Britain "have had enough of experts". 

  14. Apple optimistic about post-Brexit UK

    Tim Cook

    Apple chief executive Tim Cook has told Prime Minister Theresa May the tech giant is "very optimistic" about post-Brexit Britain.

    Mr Cook met the PM at Downing Street and said he thought the UK would be "just fine" outside the European Union.

    The company plans to build a new UK headquarters in London. 

    On a whistlestop visit to the capital, Mr Cook also visited a school (pictured) and met with mayor Sadiq Khan...

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  15. The Body Shop story

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    Video caption: Balmy days: The Body Shop story

    The iconic British beauty store, founded by Dame Anita Roddick in 1976, now has more than 3,000 stores in 66 countries and employs 22,000 people, but it's been suffering a slowdown in sales.

  16. Body Shop sales fall

    Body Shop store

    The Body Shop's sales dropped to 920.8 million euros (£784m), from 967.2 million euros in 2015, French owner L'Oreal says in its annual results. 

    Disappointing sales in Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong, were "continuing to impact overall performance" for the High Street chain, the cosmetics giant said.    

    However, there was "good momentum" in Europe, especially the UK, and in Latin America where The Body Shop recently opened in Chile.

    It also benefited from sustained growth in e-commerce and skincare sales. 

    On a same-store basis, The Body Shop's sales increased 0.6% last year, L'Oreal added.

  17. L'Oreal 'exploring Body Shop options'

    Body Shop products

    L'Oreal says it has decided to "explore all strategic options regarding The Body Shop's ownership".

    The move comes, L'Oreal says, after recent deals to acquire beauty businesses IT Cosmetics and CeraVe.  

    "No decision has been taken so far," the French cosmetics giant adds.

    It was reported yesterday that L'Oreal was looking to offload Body Shop due to its slowing sales.   

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  18. Airline stocks take off

    Delta plane

    Shares in US airlines have lifted after President Trump spoke of higher spending on air traffic control and infrastructure in a meeting with bosses.

    American Airlines was up 3%, Delta was 2.3% higher, United Airlines up 1.7%, and Southwest gained 2.5%.

    Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly told Bloomberg after the meeting that they did not discuss Trump's travel ban.