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  2. FTSE 100 dragged down by ex-dividend stocks
  3. Tui eyes Tunisia return
  4. Lego boss departs after eight months
  5. Co-op Bank cuts losses

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By Tom Espiner

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  2. US stocks close down after escalating North Korea and US tensions

    US indexes closed lower as investors continued to fret over escalating tensions between the US and North Korea.

    President Donald Trump on Thursday escalated his rhetoric on North Korea, saying his "fire and fury" comment might not be "tough enough."

    "Maybe that statement wasn't tough enough," Trump told reporters as he prepared to meet with top national security advisers. "If anything, that statement may not be tough enough."

    His comments came after North Korea said it was completing plans to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near the US Pacific island territory of Guam, in an unusually detailed threat.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.9% at 21,844.01 and the S&P 500 was down 1.5% at 2,438.21. The Nasdaq Composite lost 2.1% to 6,216.87.

  3. Tech entrepreneurs on acid

    LSD blotter tabs on top of a US quarter coin

    A fascinating piece in the FT digs into a San Francisco fashion among entrepreneurs for taking microdoses of LSD.

    At a small dose, the illegal hallucinogen stimulates the mind, rather than causing a full-blown acid trip, the entrepreneurs claim.

    They take it as an alternative to coffee as a bit of a pick-me-up, apparently.

    And it certainly seems to explain some of the impenetrable, jargon-heavy press statements issued by Silicon Valley firms, too.

  4. Kylie Jenner's make-up brand could be worth $1bn by 2022, says her mum

    Kyle Jenner

    She may be only 20, but Kylie Jenner may soon have a beauty business worth more than a billion dollars.

    For the first time, the youngest Kardashian-Jenner has revealed how much money her Kylie Cosmetics brand makes.

    In an interview with WWD, Kylie and her mum Kris Jenner revealed she's made $420m (£323m) in retail sales in 18 months.

    Her cosmetics brand has outsold established companies like Bobbi Brown and Lancome.

    Read more here.

  5. Investors 'want Soundcloud founder to be replaced as chief exec'

    Alex Ljung

    Investors in troubled Soundcloud want to replace its chief executive as part of a new funding deal, according to tech publication Recode.

    Kerry Trainor, the former chief executive of video-sharong website Vimeo, would run SoundCloud instead of founder Alex Ljung (pictured left), who would chair the company’s board, Recode says.

  6. Trump says maybe NK statements haven't been tough enough

    US President Donald Trump has said that perhaps his statements on North Korea haven't been tough enough, according to reports.

    North Korea should be "very, very nervous" if it does anything to the US, Mr Trump reportedly said.

    Global markets have been on the wane due to escalating tensions between the US and North Korea.

  7. Mueller's legal team 'overmatches Trump's'

    Robert Mueller

    US President Donald Trump doesn't yet have enough legal firepower behind him to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

    Mr Trump's lawyers are competent, but there aren't yet enough of them to deal with Mr Mueller, the article says.

  8. Uber exec to step down

    Ride-hailing firm Uber's head of operations, Ryan Graves, a long-time ally of former chief executive Travis Kalanick, is stepping down from his full-time job, CNBC reports.

    Mr Graves will, however, continue to serve on Uber's board, it said.

  9. Akzo Nobel wins again in court battle with hedge fund Elliott

    Dulux propmotion

    Dulux-owner Akzo Nobel doesn't have to let shareholders vote on whether to dismiss its chairman, a Dutch court has ruled.

    It's another victory for the paint company against activist investor Elliott Advisors, which is Akzo's largest shareholder.

    The activist investor, which has a 9.5% stake, holds chairman Antony Burgmans responsible for Akzo's rejection of a 26bn euro (£23.56bn) takeover proposal from US rival PPG Industries earlier this year and wants him dismissed.

  10. Can Facebook's new video channel challenge Netflix?

    Video content

    Video caption: The social media giant's Watch service will offer shows ranging from comedy to sports

    The social media giant's Watch service will offer shows ranging from comedy to sports.

    It could signal a shift from Facebook being a technology company to a media firm, as we hear from Mark Scott, the chief technology correspondent at Politico.

  11. FSA: 'People deserve food they can trust'

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Eggs

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA), which is investigating the importation of around 700,000 eggs from potentially contaminated Dutch farms, has told 5 live why it decided to withdraw some products from supermarkets despite saying the risk to health was "very unlikely".

    Steve Wearne, Director of Policy at the FSA, said: "We think people deserve food they can trust and part of that is not having to eat food that's got chemicals in it that aren’t authorised, and that's the case with this. It's not supposed to be in food."

    Eleven products containing egg - including sandwiches and salads - have been withdrawn from supermarkets. Asda, Waitrose, Sainsburys and Morrisons are affected.

    Mr Wearne added: "We've been working closely with UK industry to trace eggs up and down the food chain and that's helped us to come to this new figure: 700,000.

    "It is a small proportion of the 10 billion eggs we eat in the UK each year."

  12. Off the menu...

    Chris Johnston

    Business reporter, BBC News

    Blue Apron box

    Shares in Blue Apron, the US meal kit delivery company, have sunk 13% in New York today following its first results as a public company.

    No prizes for guessing why they weren't appetising: despite a rise in the number of active customers to 943,000, they are spending less on orders amid stiff competition from the likes of Hello Fresh and Amazon. Costs also soared and the company reported a net loss of $31.6m (£24.3m).

    Blue Apron only listed in late June, but its shares have since fallen 45% to $5.42. Ouch.

  13. US 'to use Reagan-era trade weapon'

    Chinese workers look as a cargo ship is loaded at a port in Qingdao

    The US risks using a dud in bringing back a 1980s era trade weapon, Bloomberg Politics reports.

    It's weighing up an investigation into alleged Chinese intellectual property infringement using section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act.

    But that was only successfully used in retaliatory action twice, Bloomberg says.

    The US has had a far better hit-rate under WTO arbitration, it adds.

    Besides, China has levers it can pull if a trade war erupts, including targeting imports of soya beans from the US, which exceeded $14bn (£11bn) last year.

  14. Sterling touches three week low against the dollar

    Pound vs Dollar

    Sterling touched a three-week low against the dollar as a mixed bag of output and trade data did little to boost investor enthusiasm for an economy struggling to meet Bank of England targets.

    The pound fell by as much as a third of a percent in early trade to as low as $1.2952 before recovering some ground after industrial production numbers just beat analyst forecasts.

    It's trading about 0.1% down at $1.2989.

    Construction output was weaker than expected and other data showed the UK's external trade gap expanded further despite the weakening of the pound over the past year.

  15. North Korea tensions take Dow back down below 22,000 points

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been above 22,000 points since the beginning of August - but today is back down below that.

    Investors are concerned about escalating tensions between the US and North Korea, which has said it is finalising plans to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near the US territory of Guam.

  16. TalkTalk fined £100,000 for inadequate data security

    TalkTalk logo

    Communications firm TalkTalk has been fined £100,000 by the UK data protection watchdog for leaving customers open to scams.

    TalkTalk gave too much access to customer data to IT services firm Wipro, the Information Commissioner's Office said.

    "A specialist investigation by TalkTalk identified three Wipro accounts that had been used to gain unauthorised and unlawful access to the personal data of up to 21,000 customers," the ICO said.

  17. Dow slips 100 points as tensions with North Korea escalate

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 100 points as investors fret over escalating tensions between the US and North Korea.

    North Korea has outlined details for a missile strike near the US territory of Guam, adding fuel to rising tensions with the US.

    The S&P 500 is down more than 20 points, and the Nasdaq is down about 70 points.

  18. Paypal to buy online lending firm Swift Financial

    Paypal

    PayPal is to buy online lending company Swift Financial in a bid to expand its business that provides capital to merchants.

    The acquisition will mean PayPal can offer loans to larger businesses that use it to process payments, and provide credit to firms that don't use its services, the company said.