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Summary

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  2. Comcast makes formal £22bn bid for Sky
  3. Whitbread to spin off Costa coffee chain
  4. Viagogo threatened with legal action
  5. TSB restores some online services
  6. Airbus in fighter jet deal with Dassault

Live Reporting

By Tom Espiner

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    That's all for tonight, folks. See you again tomorrow from 6:00am.

  2. BreakingFacebook beats forecasts

    Facebook has reported quarterly sales of $11.97bn in its first results since the privacy scandal involving users data emerged.

    The results for the first quarter beat analysts' forecasts of $11.41bn.

  3. Mixed close for US stock markets

    Wall Street traders

    Boeing helped lift the Dow Jones stock index into positive territory at the close after earlier investor concerns about rising US bond yields.

    Shares of the world's biggest planemaker rose 4.1% after its profit jumped by more than half in the first quarter and the company raised its full-year forecasts for cash flow and earnings.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished 48.88 points higher at 24,073.01.

    The S&P 500 closed down 2.45 points at 2,632.11.

    The Nasdaq ended 3.62 points lower at 7,003.74.

  4. FTC charges lender over 'hidden fees'

    US regulator the Federal Trade Commission has alleged that the Lending Club falsely promised consumers "no hidden fees" when actually the firm "deducted hundreds or even thousands of dollars in hidden up-front fees from the loans."

    It also falsely told consumers their loans had been backed by investors when they hadn't, withdrew "double payments from consumers’ accounts and has continued to charge those who cancelled automatic payments or paid off their loans, which costs consumers overdraft fees and prevents them from making other payments."

    Investors initially flocked to Lending Club on its stock market debut in 2014, with shares selling for more than $23. But its shares have been on a steady downward trajectory, and are now worth a princely $2.89.

  5. Apple chief meets Trump

    Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson

    Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has had a meeting with US President Donald Trump to discuss trade issues as the tech industry grapples with a row between the US and China over import tariffs.

    Many of Apple's products are built in China for export around the world.

    US and Chinese officials have been working to resolve the dispute.

  6. Twitter shares fall after slower growth outlook

    Twitter building

    Twitter shares have fallen more than 3% after the social network said revenue growth would slow this year and costs rise as it works to fight the spread of hate speech and allegations of election manipulation through its service.

  7. Facebook names new US public policy chief

    Facebook has named a new interim head of US public policy as it deals with fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Bloomberg reports.

    Kevin Martin, a Republican who formerly chaired the Federal Communications Commission, will take on the role, the article says.

  8. French tycoon Bollore charged in Africa corruption probe

    Vincent Bollore

    Billionaire French industrialist Vincent Bollore has been charged after allegations his company helped two African leaders win elections in return for lucrative contracts.

    The 66-year-old head of the Bollore Group was taken into custody on Tuesday in the Paris suburb of Nanterre as part of an investigation into how its African logistics subsidiary secured contracts to run Lome port in Togo and Conakry port in Guinea.

    Prosecutors are looking at whether Bollore Group's communications arm, Havas, undercharged Guinean President Alpha Conde and Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe for work on their campaigns as a sweetener for the contracts.

    His holding company the Bolloré Group has denied any irregularities.

  9. UK in 'preliminary foothills' of Brexit banking talks

    Philip Hammond

    London and Brussels are at an early stage of discussions about how financial services will operate across the English Channel after Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond says.

    Mr Hammond told the Treasury Select Committee that Britain and the rest of the European Union had only recently struck a deal to keep their overall trade relationship unchanged for 21 months after Brexit in March next year.

    "We have not yet begun the substantive discussions on the future partnership, but we are in the preliminary foothills of exploring what might be possible in financial services," he said.

  10. Lycamobile 'error of judgement'

    Chancellor Phillip Hammond insisted HMRC was right to reject a request from the French authorities for help with an investigation into telecoms firm, Lycamobile, which just happens to be a big Tory donor.

    But Mr Hammond says the way that decision was communicated was a "huge error of judgement".

    The HMRC response referred to donations Lycamobile gave to the Conservative party.

    Mr Hammond faced repeated questioning on the subject from MPs on the Commons Treasury Committee.

  11. Huawei 'complies with laws'

    Huawei has come back with a statement after a Wall Street Journal story that it was being probed by the US Department of Justice about possible Iran sanctions violations.

    A Huawei spokesperson said: “Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where we operate, including export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, the US and the EU.”

  12. US 'probes Huawei for possible Iran sanctions violations'

    Huawei logo

    The US Department of Justice is investigating if Chinese tech company Huawei violated US sanctions in relation to Iran, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    However, then it gets a bit murky - it's not clear what allegations are being looked at, and how far the probe has gone, the article says.

    US authorities last week banned American companies from sales to China's ZTE for seven years, saying the Chinese company had broken a settlement agreement with repeated false statements - a move that could cut off ZTE's supply chain.

    The agreement that ZTE allegedly violated was reached after it was caught shipping US goods to Iran.

  13. BreakingNYSE suspends Amazon and Alphabet

    NYSE

    The New York Stocks Exchange has suspended trading in Amazon and Alphabet for the rest of the day following a technical problem with the quoted prices - or a "price scale code" if you prefer.

    Any open orders in those securities will be cancelled.

    As well as Amazon.com and both Alphabet share classes, affected symbols included Booking Holdings as well as Zion Oil were affected.

  14. Inflation conflation?

    The government is planning to move away from using RPI as its preferred measure of inflation, says Chancellor Philip Hammond, but the time is not right now.

    There's been no decision on whether to shift to the ONS' new preferred measure CPIH, or shift to CPI on an interim basis.

    Retail Prices Index (RPI) is used to index interest payments on inflation-linked government bonds and student loans.

  15. BAE Systems points to 'history of collaboration'

    Eurofighter
    Image caption: The new aircraft by Airbus and Dassault will eventually replace the Eurofighter

    On the back of Airbus and Dassault joining forces to build the next fighter aircraft, BAE Systems has put out a statement saying it doesn't think it's going to be left out in the cold.

    "The UK Government has stated its commitment to developing a Combat Air Strategy and we are working closely with the Royal Air Force and industry partners to further develop Britain’s world-leading combat air capability," it says.

    "We welcome debate about the need for next generation combat air systems across many nations. We have a strong history of collaboration with other nations and continue to invest in new technologies so we can develop aircraft of the future.”

  16. Is TSB really back up and running?

    BBC business presenter Ben Thompson - himself a TSB customer - tweets a statement from the bank's boss, Paul Pester:

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