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Live Reporting

By Russell Hotten

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    That's it from us tonight, but don't work we'll be back again at 6am sharp. Do join us then if you can.

  2. Texting on the moon...

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    Video caption: Moon to get 4G mobile network

    The moon is set to get its first mobile phone network next year.

    Mobile giants Vodafone and Nokia have laid out plans to launch a 4G mobile network on the Moon in 2019.

    It will be used by lunar rovers to stream data back to a base station.

    Vodafone Germany, network equipment maker Nokia and carmaker Audi said they areworking together to support the mission.

    The companies have a launch scheduled in 2019 from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

  3. US stocks slide again

    US stocks have ended lower for the second-day-in-a-row after a late slide with fears over higher interest rates continuing to worry investors.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 382.07 points, or 1.5% to 25,027.96, the S&P 500 lost 30.48 points, or 1.11%, to 2,713.8 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 57.35 points, or 0.78%, to 7,273.01.

  4. World Bank starts probe into sex claim

    Village in Sierra Leone

    The World Bank has launched an investigation into reports - first aired by the BBC - that at least one worker exploited local people in Sierra Leone for sex.

    In a statement, the bank, which provides financial help and advice to developing countries, said: We were appalled to hear a claim of someone from the World Bank hiring a sex worker in Sierra Leone.

    "This would be a clear violation of our staff rules and our Ethics office has launched a formal investigation. Our mission is to create opportunity and alleviate poverty, and we will not tolerate exploitation of vulnerable populations.”

  5. Better protection for payment scam victims

    Keyboard

    People tricked into transferring money directly to a fraudster should have stronger protections under plans revealed today by the Payment Systems Regulator.

    It said an industry code will be in place from September, paving the way for victims of so-called 'approved push payment' scams to have better protection.

    Although there are no further details of the code as yet, the regulator said that scam victims should be confident any claim for reimbursement will be given fairer consideration.

    The Financial Ombudsman Service will be able to take the code into account when clearing up new complaints from consumers about the scams.

    'We had £300,000 taken in payment scam'

  6. Unlawful credit card surcharges still being charged

    Credit cards

    Shoppers are still being charged extra fees for using debit or credit cards more than a month after a new law banned the practice, according to Consumer Intelligence.

    Businesses are no longer allowed to charge customers more for purchases just for paying with a card under the rules that took effect on 13 January.

    But a study found that 14% of shoppers said they have been charged an additional fee to pay with a credit card online or in stores since then.

  7. Spotify takes an unconventional path

    Spotify's flotation on Wall Street will take an unconventional route, according to its filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission - the main regulator.

    It will be a direct listing of the shares, without raising new capital. There will be no Wall Street bank or broker to underwrite the flotation.

    Spotify is the biggest global music streaming company and counts tech giants Apple and Amazon as its main rivals.

    The Swedish company's 2017 revenue came in at €4.09bn euros ($4.99bn) compared with €2.95bn a year earlier, Spotify said in its filing.

    Its operating loss widened to €378m in 2017 from €349m a year earlier.

    Spotify is present in more than 60 countries, with a total of 71 million premium subscribers and about 159 million monthly average users.

  8. BreakingSpotify to float on stock market

    Music streaming service Spotify has filed for an initial public offering of up to $1bn with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

    The company intends to apply to list its ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "SPOT."

  9. BA flight problems to continue into Friday

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    Video caption: Red and amber weather warnings across UK

    British Airways has issued a fresh statement on the weather disruption. It doesn't detail cancelled flights, but urges travellers to check the BA website for the latest information.

    Here's the statement in full:

    "Due to the severe weather conditions and restrictions and potential closures at some airports we fly to and from, we have been forced to cancel and merge some of our flights on Thursday and Friday to ensure that we protect the rest of our schedule. "We are keeping customers informed and offering those due to travel up to and including Sunday a range of flexible rebooking options, even if their flight is still due to fly as planned.

    "We are sorry that the weather this week is leading to some delays and disruption to our schedules. We continue to do all we can minimise the effect the poor weather may have on our flights.

    "It has been jointly agreed between Heathrow Airport, National Air Traffic Services and airlines operating at the airport to reduce the flights schedules on Thursday 1 March.

    "There will also be an agreed reduction in schedules on Friday 2 March.

    "This decision has been taken to help give customers more certainty around their travel plans.

    "Safety is always our priority, and we're working hard to keep our operation moving. We're sorry that some of our services are being delayed by the weather conditions across the UK and Europe but many aircraft have to receive de-icing treatment before departure to ensure that they are safe to take-off."

  10. Carrefour must change, says chief

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    The world's second-largest retailer has slashed its dividend after reporting a fall in profits for the second straight year.

    France's Carrefour, which posted its results after European markets closed, announced a net loss of €531m, blaming poor trading in its home market.

    Carrefour last month unveiled a new strategy designed to boost profits and revenues in the face of the growing threat from the likes of Amazon, promising to invest €2.8bn in digital commerce by 2022 while it also seeks a partnership in China.

    "The 2017 results that we are presenting today demonstrate the necessity of implementing without delay Carrefour's transformation plan," chief executive Alexandre Bompard said.

  11. Out of stock

    Closed signs in KFC outlets

    Some 97% of KFC's UK outlets are now open following the chicken shortage caused when the firm changed distributors to DHL.

    It seems, though, that there's a new problem - a gravy shortage.

    "Due to the ongoing distribution challenges DHL is experiencing, some restaurants are continuing to serve a reduced menu," according to the company.

    "We're working as hard as we can to get this sorted out. We know that our gravy is a big favourite!"

    Last week, the chain apologised to customers, running a newspaper ad which said "WE'RE SORRY. A chicken restaurant without any chicken. It's not ideal ... Thank you for bearing with us."

  12. ITV sinks

    ITV was the stand-out faller on the FTSE 100, with the broadcaster's shares closing down 7.6% after it reported weaker profits.

    Insurer Admiral and gold miner Fresnillo were also big fallers. Both were about 4.5% lower.

    British Airways' owner IAG rose 1.8% despite the UK airline cancelling some flights due to the bad weather.

    The FTSE 100, which managed to creep into positive territory in mid-afternoon trading, had a sudden reversal with about 30 minutes to go. The index closed down 0.69% at 7,231.9 points.

  13. Snow: RAC has 'busiest day' in 10 years

    Snow covered streets in London

    A second day of heavy snow has caused major disruption across swathes of the UK.

    While the Met Office has issued a red warning for extreme weather in Scotland, RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “Yesterday was our busiest day in 10 years with breakdowns up a third on what we would expect this time of year."