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Summary

  1. FTSE falters amid stock market jitters
  2. Co-op reports first annual loss since 2013
  3. BP cuts boss Bob Dudley's pay
  4. Flora and Stork put up for sale by Unilever
  5. Get in touch: bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk

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By Dearbail Jordan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

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    Thank you for joining us on Business Live.

    We will be back at 6.00am sharp on Friday to bring you all the breaking business and economic news throughout the day.

  2. Wall Street closes up as US and China meet

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    The three key US share indexes all finished slightly higher on Thursday, but still down on trading earlier in the day, amid some uncertainty about President Donald Trump's two-day meeting with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping. 

    The  Dow Jones  was at 20,662.95, that's a rise of 15 points or 0.07%.

    The  S&P 500  was at 2,357.49, up 5 points or 0.19%. 

    And the tech-heavy  Nasdaq  was 14 points or 0.25% higher at 5,878.95. 

  3. Strike brings Buenos Aires to a halt

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    The start of a 24-hour general strike in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires has shut down public transport as demonstrators blocked city streets, reports BBC World Service.

    Unions and officials say participation is high as workers protest against job cuts and the economic policies of the Conservative President, Mauricio Macri. 

    Demonstrators scuffled with police as President Macri hosted an economic forum in the city for Latin American leaders. Nearly a third of Argentines are living in poverty and inflation is in double digits. 

  4. Twitter squawks back

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    Twitter has filed a lawsuit  saying it's received a demand from US officials for records that could unveil the user behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump.

    Twitter is challenging the demand in court. 

    The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco, where Twitter is based.  

  5. Ford floats car cot

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    Ford has built a pilot product designed for harrassed petrol-head parents: a cot, which at the moment is a one-off, supposed to mimic the action of a car in putting a baby to sleep.

    Rather than parents having to go on an actual car journey, the cot simulates "the motion, engine noise, and even the street lighting of those night‑time drives," Ford says in a statement.

    The Live page has mixed feelings about this.

    On the one hand, there's a good reason that sleep deprivation is used as a torture, and desperate parents do get to a stage where they will do almost anything to get their bundle of joy to sleep at night, just for a couple of hours.

    On the other hand, would you really want a honking great car simulator in your, or your child's, bedroom just so they nod off?

    And what happens when they grow out of it? Would you have to get them a bed that does the same thing?

  6. A stellar week for terrible adverts

    Pepsi, Nivea, the Co-op - what were they thinking?

    However, it looks like they are in good (or bad) company when it comes to adverts that seriously missed the mark...

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  7. Lyft fundraising values firm at $7.5bn

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    Lyft, the rival to ride-sharing service Uber, has raised $500m from investors.

    This apparently values the five year-old business - which is yet to make a profit - at $7.5bn.

  8. China's President touches down in Florida

    China's president Xi Jinping has arrived in the US for a two-day meeting with President Donald Trump .

    The summit is being closely watched by global stock markets, which looking for any hint about how trade between the US and China will progress.

    Mr Trump has previously made a number of controversial statements about China , trade with the US and its currency. 

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  9. Cohn backs big bank break-up

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    Gary Cohn, White House economic adviser and former Goldman Sachs banker, supports bringing back an updated version of the US Glass-Steagall Act, according to Bloomberg.

    In a private meeting with lawmakers, Senator Elizabeth Warren asked the director of the US National Economic Council about Glass-Steagall, to which he responded favorably.

    Glass-Steagall was introduced after the Great Depression of the 1930s and separated investment banks from retail banks. A return would require America's banks to undergo a major restructure.

    US President Donald Trump has ordered a review into the Dodd-Frank Act which was introduced seven years ago following the financial crisis of 2008.

    A White House spokesperson confirmed Mr Cohn's comments to Reuters and said he was "simply discussing the President's previously stated position" in favor of a "21st century Glass-Steagall." 

  10. Laura Ashley boss in £64m divorce ruling

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    The chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings must give his 70-year-old former wife £64m, a divorce court judge has ruled. 

    Former beauty queen Pauline Chai wanted about £100m from Khoo Kay Peng following the breakdown of their 42-year marriage, but Khoo Kay Peng, 78, argued she should get about £9m. 

    Mr Justice Bodey had analysed evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London and announced his decision on Thursday. 

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    Ms Chai, who lives in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, had said she should get a half share of assets worth at least £205m.

    Mr Justice Bodey ruled that she should get a £64m package made up of cash and property.

    Ms Chai and Dr Khoo - who both come from Malaysia, married in 1970 and have five children - have spent more than £6m between them on lawyers since splitting, judges have heard. 

  11. Euan Blair: more to apprenticeships than factories

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    Euan Blair, the son of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, discusses the significance of the apprenticeship levy. 

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    Video caption: The son of Tony Blair says the new apprenticeship levy will change the way education works
  12. US markets trade higher

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading ahead, up 36.27 points at 20,684.42, as US President Donald Trump sets off to begin a two-day meeting with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping. 

    Mr Trump will host the Chinese leader at his private club in Mar-a-Lago in a summit which the US president predicted, via Twitter, would be "a very difficult one".

    The S&P 500 is up 4.65 points at 2,357.60.

    The Nasdaq has added 7.24 points at 5,871.72.

  13. To register, or list?That is the question...

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    Business reporter

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    Image caption: Rapper Big Sean at a Spotify event in Los Angeles in February

    Spotify is "seriously considering" registering its shares directly on a stock market instead of an initial public offering (IPO), the Wall Street Journal is reporting

    The move, in which the music streaming company would simply register its shares on a public exchange and let them trade freely, would not raise any new funds.

    Direct listings are relatively rare for major companies because they mean complying with quarterly reporting rules without bringing in fresh capital. 

    However, the move would give the Swedish firm's existing investors and employees the chance to cash in their shares. 

    Spotify, which declined to comment on the Journal's report, is aiming for a valuation of more than $10bn (£8bn).

  14. No faking

    Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tweets:

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    Facebook is launching an educational tool as part of measures it is taking to counter fake news.

    For three days, an ad will appear at the top of users' news feeds linking to advice on "how to spot fake news" and report it.

    But experts questioned whether the measure would have any real impact.

    Read more here.

  15. UK and EU will seek to lower tensions over Brexit

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    Prime Minister Theresa May and European Council President Donald Tusk have agreed to reduce tensions as Brexit talks progress.

    In other words, keeping the lid on the Gibraltar issue .

    The two met today and a spokesperson for Mrs May said: "The PM also made clear that on the subject of Gibraltar, the UK's position had not changed: the UK would seek the best possible deal for Gibraltar as the UK exits the EU and there would be no negotiation on the sovereignty of Gibraltar without the consent of its people."

    An EU official told Reuters: "They agreed to stay in regular contact throughout the Brexit process to keep a constructive approach and seek to lower tensions that may arise, also when talks on some issues like Gibraltar inevitably will become difficult."

  16. Trump specialists need apply

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    Do you know about betting? Do you think Donald Trump is "colourful"?

    Then does Paddy Power have the job for you.

    The bookmaker is searching for a "head of Trump betting".

    The job description says: "We want to make American politics great again. Because, let’s face it, there’s no chance Trump will."

    It adds: "The BAU (business as usual) elements of the role will be odds compilation, in-play trading and sending round the most bats**t Trump quotes for the whole company to laugh at."

    The successful candidate should have:

    -"Substantial experience with fake tan."

    -"Be more liberal towards exclamation marks and capital letters than minorities."

    -"Better understanding of global politics than Donald Trump. Which won’t exclude many."

    Time to tickle up the CV then?

  17. FTSE 100 ends lower

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    London's FTSE 100 finished Thursday the same way it began - shedding points.

    The leading index of blue chip stocks closed 24.70 points lower at 7,306.98. 

    Easyjet, the airline, was the top riser on the FTSE 100. It gained 4% to £10.58 after reporting passenger numbers grew by 10.6% in March.

    Conversely, education specialist Pearson tumbled 6.7% to 636.5p after going ex-dividend and following a downgrade by broker Exane BNP Paribas. 

    The FTSE 250 ended 46.07 points up at 19,115.40.