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Summary

  1. Get in touch: bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk
  2. Ryanair shares slip after legal threat from CAA
  3. Imperial Brands in talks to save Palmer & Harvey
  4. Lloyds of London reports fall in half-year profits
  5. TUI sees growth to Cape Verde, Cyrpus ,North Africa

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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 on Friday at 6.00am with all the breaking business and economics news.

    Until then, enjoy the rest of your evening.

  2. Argos says sorry over toy deal confusion

    Argos shop

    Argos has apologised for confusion over prices on toys included in a "3 for 2" offer.

    Customers accused the company of pushing prices up as soon as the offer was made available.

    But Argos said the toys in question had previously been sold for promotional prices and had now returned to their normal price.

    It said it had not clearly marked that some of its toys were on promotion "due to a technical issue".

  3. Flying doctors

    A drone

    Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed drones that can remotely measure heart and breathing rates.

    Image-processing systems combined with specially created algorithms allow the drones to detect vital signs in several people at once, while they are moving.

    The drones could be deployed in nursing homes, on hospital wards and in war zones.

    Read more here.

  4. US markets end higher

    US stock traders

    Wall Street has managed to end the day higher, boosted by investor' hopes that President Donald Trump will be able to make progress on tax reform.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 40.49 points, or 0.18%, to 22,381.2, the S&P 500 gained 3.02 points, or 0.12%, to 2,510.06 and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.19 points to 6,453.45.

  5. Watch: Amazon Echo and beyond

    Amazon has revamped its main Echo smart speaker for the first time since its launch in 2014 and unveiled a range of associated devices.

    The artificial intelligence-enhanced speaker helped establish a new product category and - although sales figures are not released - is thought to have outsold Google's rival Home by a wide margin.

    The BBC's North America technology reporter Dave Lee went to the launch event in Seattle.

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    Video caption: Amazon Echo smart speaker family expands
  6. Repatriated funds 'will be re-invested in US economy'

    Gary Cohn

    As part of its tax plan, the Trump administration is proposing a one time repatriation tax to encourage corporations to bring overseas assets into the US.

    Gary Cohn was asked on Thursday if it would be a problem if companies choose to spend repatriated funds on dividends and share buy-backs. Mr Cohn was sanguine, saying that the money "will get reinvested in the economy".

  7. Americans only care about their own taxes - Cohn

    CNBC's John Harwood tweets...

    Donald Trump's chief economics adviser Gary Cohn has just been answering questions about the White House's new tax proposals.

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  8. Cohn 'cannot guarantee' tax cut for all middle class

    Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Gary Cohn has admitted that he "cannot guarantee" that all middle class Americans will get a tax cut under its new plan.

  9. Ikea enters the 'sharing economy'

    Ikea in China
    Image caption: Ikea already operates in the sharing economy: shoppers can take a nap at its stores in China

    Ikea has issued a statement about its decision to buy online odd-jobs marketplace TaskRabbit.

    Ikea's president and chief executive Jesper Brodin, says:

    Quote Message: In a fast changing retail environment, we continuously strive to develop new and improved products and services to make our customers’ lives a little bit easier. Entering the on-demand, sharing economy enables us to support that. We will be able to learn from TaskRabbit’s digital expertise, while also providing IKEA customers additional ways to access flexible and affordable service solutions to meet the needs of today’s customer.
  10. A nudge for over-spenders

    HSBC app

    HSBC UK is testing a new smartphone app that will help people track what they spend money on, and will "nudge" them if they exceed their spending limits.

    Customers will also be able to add accounts from 21 rivals including Lloyds and NatWest, to keep track of all their balances in one app.

    The app will be trialled with 10,000 customers before launching in 2018.

    Read the full story here.

  11. Second Audi employee arrested

    Audi logo

    German prosecutors have made a second arrest from car-maker Audi in connection with the diesel emission cheating scandal at its parent company Volkswagen.

    AFP reports that a spokeswoman for the prosecution's office in Munich had also widened their investigation and were now looking into more suspects.

    She said: "There are still no former or current Audi board members among the suspects."

  12. Ikea to buy TaskRabbit

    Ikea

    Ikea is buying a company of people who can actually put its furniture together.

    The Swedish furniture giant is purchasing US business TaskRabbit which is an online odd-jobs marketplace.

    Those who are all fingers and thumbs with an allen key can find someone to help them through TaskRabbit. Freelance cleaners and removal specialists can also be found on the site.

  13. Blog: Tories defend business ahead of conference

    Simon Jack

    BBC Business Editor

    Business Secretary Greg Clark
    Image caption: "We do have to fight a battle of ideas," Greg Clark told the BBC

    A conservative Prime Minister defending business ahead of a party conference has probably never made the news before. But that was before last years party conference.

    Theresa May's warnings over fat cat pay, workers' rights and larcenous dividends when she took over as leader last year will live burned into the memories of many bosses.

    But it turns out she was just the warm-up act for Jeremy Corbyn who yesterday easily eclipsed her in the "how to shock business" stakes.

    Read Simon's full blog here.

  14. McDonald's gives the Dow a lift

    McDonald's
    Image caption: Ronald McDonald (second left) and some chums

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has bounced back, mainly helped by a strong performance by McDonald's.

    The fast food chain's share price is up 2.49% at $157.89 after analysts at Longbow Research upgraded its stock recommendation to buy.

    The Dow Jones is up 37.39 points at 22,378.10. The S&P 500 is ahead 1.60 points at 2,508.64.

    The Nasdaq, however, is down 7.52 points at 6,445.74.

  15. Ryanair cancelled my flight - what now?

    Ryanair has said it will co-operate with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ensure passengers are aware of their rights when flights are cancelled.

    In the meantime, check here to see what you can do if you have been affected.

  16. Ford contract loss will have 'a far reaching impact'

    The GMB union says that failure to find work to replace JLR's engine order at Ford Bridgend "will have a devastating and far reaching impact on the communities in and around Bridgend as well as across south Wales as a whole".

    Regional organiser Jeff Beck says: "GMB has requested an urgent meeting with the cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure, Ken Skates, at the earliest opportunity to discuss how best to safeguard jobs in the motor industry."

  17. Ryanair told to show re-written email to watchdog

    In its letter to Ryanair, the CAA says that it has seen examples of emails the company sent to passengers affected by cancellations, which it says "omitted material information for passengers about their rights".

    The CAA is requiring that Ryanair re-contact all affected passengers via email by 4 October to provide "accurate and comprehensive information on their rights and options".

    Ryanair must provide a draft email by 5pm on 2 October before sending it out.

  18. Ryanair given deadline to obey rules

    The Civil Aviation Authority has told Ryanair that it has until 5pm on Friday to provide the correct information on what alternative flights passengers who have been affected by cancellations can take as well as what compensation customers can seek for expenses.